(Closed) Anyone hating where you live?

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Post # 47
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@cbee:  Oh yeah, I used to live in one of those suburbs. Seattle proper is more expensive, but it’…grittier…it has more character, which I need. I also drive an older car (ours is old enough to have its own drivers license, lol) which is more common where we live now.

Post # 48
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

I’m not a huge fan of where we live right now… We’re in Central PA and it’s really beautiful with all the mountains and hiking (which is our #1 hobby). But our town just feels like a place that’s past it’s prime. It’s about 40,000 people but most of the houses are old and run-down looking. EVERYONE smokes here (no offense to any smokers) and it drives me nuts because they don’t have the courtesy to not smoke right next to you. Last weekend we wnt out for a fancy dinner and were sitting on this gorgeous patio, and 4 people came outside and started smoking right next to our table. They could have stepped outside the patio at least so we could enjoy our meal…

Anyway, there are also no rental codes in this town so most of the places we looked at were absolutely atrocious. I’m talking about ceilings so short Darling Husband couldn’t stand up (and he’s only 5’11), walls with cracks you could see through to the outside, etc. The place we ended up renting is alright, but the landlord painted over BUGS in the hallway, the light in the living room only works at half power, the sink only has boiling hot or freezing water (no water that’s just warm), and the windows are the original windows from when the house was built in 1916. It’s sooo DRAFTY!

And the price of rentals has just shot up and up and up since we’ve been here because of all the natural gas drilling. We moved to PA from CA where we had a 1 bedroom apartment that was 2 blocks from the beach… and the places here are almost as expensive and there’s no ocean! Haha, it’s just hard to justify paying so much for a crappy place in PA when we had a cute (smaller) place at the beach.

Needless to say, I can’t wait until May 4 when Darling Husband graduates and we are moving! Not sure where yet, but either back to MI or CA. 

Post # 49
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I live in the NW suburbs of Minneapolis and, aside from the brutal winters, I really love it up here. The cost of living is reasonable, we have nice parks and walking trails, low crime, and an overall high quality of life. We are only about a 20 minute drive from downtown Minneapolis where you can find a lot to do, but even in the burbs you’ll find family-owned restaurants, farmers markets, and lots of local culture.

What sort of budget are you working with in terms of renting/buying? I believe you can rent a townhouse in my neighborhood with 1800sqft, built in 2003, nice neighborhood, and lots of amenities for around $1,000 per month.

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