(Closed) City or suburb?

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: Do you prefer city or suburb?
    I would love to live in the city for the rest of my life : (40 votes)
    23 %
    I like being close to the city but like the idea of a suburb : (97 votes)
    55 %
    I prefer to be as far from the city as possible : (30 votes)
    17 %
    depends (explain) : (9 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 32
    6512 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I love living in the city, but I do want an actual house at some point (and those don’t really exist in Manhattan, unless you are a bajillionaire).  My ideal living situation would be in a city that has houses and friendly neighborhoods.  Now I just have to figure out which city that would be 🙂

    Post # 33
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We just purchased our first home in the suburbs and while I am sad to leave the city, I think we will like living in the suburbs. Dallas isn’t much of a walking city and you need to drive most everywhere except in a few city neighborhoods–for us, it’s mostly going to mean a longer commute. We are going to be further away from work and a lot of our friends, but most of them will probably begin the post-marriage migration to the suburbs within a few years 🙂

    I love where we live now, but I know we couldn’t afford what we want here and we’d have to compromise on too much. This way we are getting good schools, a quiet neighborhood, and a place a little more conducive to what we want when we start a family.

    Post # 34
    1430 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    Right now my SO and I live in a small town that is 30 minutes from a small city. I like where we live since I can walk to the bank, post office, and grocery store from our apartment. There are probably 1500 people here, and to me its perfect. But my SO wants to move to the country and live on a 10-12 acre lot. At first I was against it. But after house sitting for his parents and aunt, who both live on 10 acre lots in the country. I’m convinced that rural living is the way to go! I love the seclusion, space, and scenery. Plus we are pretty much self sufficient and go to town once a month for necessities. So I know we could do it, and I can’t wait to get a country home now.

    Post # 35
    40 posts

    I live in Marietta Ga which is a suburban town in the metro atlanta area. I can see the skyline from my job but yet I am not stuck in the horrible city traffic and danger at night. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Post # 36
    265 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I grew up in the country and always knew that I was really a city girl. I moved to a city for grad school and found out that I was totally right. I love being able to walk home from work, stopping at the small co-op grocery store on the way home. I love being able to walk to a fancy dinner and a concert or show with my SO. I love being a 10 minute cab ride from the airport. It’s so much better than the hour trip to and from school that I had growing up, or the rare trip to the city (about 2 hours each way), or the 3 hours it takes to get to the airport when I visit home. I would appreciate having some outdoor private space, but that’s really the only thing I miss.

    Post # 37
    4047 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I’m not keen on suburbs, but not keen on big cities or the country either!

    I grew up in one of the largest US cities, but it’s out west, so everything is so spread out that it doesn’t have much of a big city feel. I thought I liked it and would always want to live in a place like that.

    Then I moved to a smaller city (still large though with more than half a million). And I really liked the feel! There were more small shops and restaurants and less chains. It had character.

    Then I came to England (where my SO lives) and visited smaller cities/towns, and omg, I fell in love. I absolutely love small towns. I can walk everywhere, it’s cute, it has character, little shops and groceries… And the nice thing about it is that I’m only a couple hours away from London at most if I stay south, and only 30 or 40 minutes from a larger town if I need it.

    So yeah, small town for me, but with access to larger cities!

    Post # 38
    1138 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I wouldn’t say I “want to be as far from the city as possible,” but I definitely like the suburbs. Large grocery stores, parking lots, attractive homes with lawns, less dense population, cheaper cost of living… it’s great! Right now we live in a perfect suburb where we’re out of the city but can walk to restaurants, a grocery store, gym (not that I use it), and dog park. It’s the best of both worlds IMO.

    Post # 40
    5493 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    We currently live in a semi suburb.  It’s immediately adjacent to the city.  But if we could afford it, I would love to live in the city.

    Post # 41
    2178 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    love love love the city! we love whete we currently live but its unlikely we will be able to buy here (places we like are generally very close to $1m) but moving to the suburbs feels like a death sentence. I think we will try yo nuy a vacation home first and stay as renters until the kid thing happens …and hopegully at that point we will be able to afford a house in the city (we sre anti condo bc fh is architect and knows the issues too well) 


    Post # 42
    1285 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We currently live in the city and love it, but once we have kids we will love the suburbs. Living in Chicago is nice for adults, but I can’t see raising kids here (the crime and public school system make me nervous). We are lucky that there are a ton of great suburbs that are also close to the city and close to my family.

    Post # 43
    8038 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @amoret11:  I’d prefer to stay in the city. I’d feel trapped if I had to be stuck in the middle of nowhere (ok I get suburbs have some stuff, but you need to drive EVERYWHERE).. and have a long commute etc.

    In my ideal world I’d live in a nice house with a nice garden for the future kid to play in… but in the city. Of course this means big bucks. The homes in the older, established neighborhoods in my city are all like a million bucks. Homes are not cheap in my part of Canada!

    Most likely we will be buying a nice condo and living downtown for the foreseeable future. We would likely have our kid in this condo while he/she is young, and then hopefully move to a warmer country lol. That’s the long term plan anyway. I think it’s fine.. lots of playgrounds nearby, can walk places, etc.

    ETA: I used to live on an acreage near a hick town and let’s just say that people got bored and turned to drugs. Luckily we moved before I was a teenager. I wouldn’t want that for any future children. Suburbia is a little different… but I think it’s important to live somewhere where everything is easily accessible.

    Post # 44
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I will never live in a suburb.  To me it is a dead, cultureless place.  (In my experience.)  I would rather live in the city or in the woods. 

    A lot of people here live in suburbs to have a larger house, and that is not a priority for me.  I would rather have lots of things to do around me – in the city, or the country you can have that.  I never want to be one of those people who has an immaculate lawn.  SO not my thing!  I would like mine to be filled with veggies and wild flowers.  I think I am too hip for the suburb.

    I also hate driving.  I prefer to live where I can walk everywhere.  OR the tradeoff is in country I could live more off the land, which I also love!

    Post # 45
    2192 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We lived in the city and still own our condo downtown.  Because of my daughter we moved to a large suburb (150,000) for her to go to high school with her friends.  We looked at homes in the area but decided to rent instead.  In four years when she graduates we are moving back to Chicago!  If you have ever watched Suburgatory the cliches are true.  All the kids (and moms!) wearing North Face, Pink, Uggs, A&F and being judgmental of anything that is not “normal.”  Ugh….  A bunch of clones.

    Post # 46
    598 posts
    Busy bee

    Suburbs are much quieter, less crowded, ideal for a home! After commuting to NYC for college for 4 years I would never actually want to live there or anywhere CLOSE to it. Away from the 5 boroughs is where i’ll be.

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