Post # 47
Such Informative Replies 🙂
I am really liking the idea of Seattle or the New England States. My dad keeps mentioning Northen California but Ben and I are really interested in the Seattle Suburbs. Does anyone rent in or right outside of Seattle.. I’ve looked online and it looks pricey.
This is our short list:
New York State
Thanks for the perspectives hive!
Some asked what we are looking for: the issue is we don’t actually know – I like places on the coast, open minded placed, laid back life style, decent job and education oppurtunites.. nice place to raise a family and stuff – the basics I suppose. Oh – and husband likes snow.
Post # 48
I posted about DC in the DC post that came from here.
I wanted to add that of all the places I’ve lived (Philly close-in burbs, Western Massachusetts, DC, Copenhagen Denmark, Pittsburgh) that my favorite place and one I’d move back to in a minute would be Pittsburgh.
I love it.
Friendly, inexpensive, full of different neighborhoods each with their own feel, great libraries and museums and universities, great restaurants, fun shopping and just generally a great place to live. I always thought I’d love to have a family there.
Everyone can laugh – ha ha Pittsburgh is laaame. But no – it’s great.
Those who laugh – it’s also a great, cheap, three day weekend get away!
Post # 49
I live in Southern California and have for the majority of my life…while I don’t think I’d ever leave, I would never suggest to someone that they should move here. And if kids are ever in the future I would never ever send my kid to schools here. Not to mention it’s so very expensive and the chances of buying a home not in a crappy area mean you’re going to be spending 600k+ on some dinky place. Ahhh but I’ll never leave!
Post # 50
Wow thats interesting. Any reason in particular why you won’t leave? Sounds super expensive!
Post # 51
Ive just read through all these posts and came to the conclusion that most people can be happy no matter where they live… it is what you make of it. (Depend on if you have major weather preferences tho!!) All areas will have great and not so greats areas/schools/ traffic/etc.
I have lived in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Francisco… All VERY different in every possible way… and I love ALL of them. Philly has the history and the great seasons, LA had the most amazing weather/beaches and interesting people (yet never felt like a downtown) while SF is beautiful, city-like and has **interesting** weather (for example, today is 90 degrees but in June it was 50!)
Just my 2 cents =)
Post # 52
Your Dad is pushing for where we live. Although we’re both east coasters, we currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sometimes I really miss the east coast (it’s home, after all), there IS a lot for this area.
People are about as laid back and open minded as they get, and the lifestyle is a lot more relaxed than in New York/New England. I live in the Silicon Valley area, and if I weren’t a total city person who hated having to drive, I’d think this was paradise. The weather is fantastic, the people are really nice, there’s city stuff and country stuff, beaches and mountains… pretty much anything you can imagine within a reasonable drive. There’s no snow, but you can go to the mountains for skiing and snowboarding.
I can totally see why your Dad is trying to sell you on it. The downside? EXPENSIVE. We’re lucky enough to live in student housing relatively cheapy, but housing is very pricey compared to anywhere except the New York area.
Which, um… is the other place I’ve lived. I would recommend New York above and beyond ANYWHERE if you hadn’t said you wanted the suburbs. It is amazing and exciting and fun and stimulating. But as others have mentioned, the nicer suburbs get to be a long commute, and even longer if you want affordable. I grew up in the CT suburbs, which are very pretty and quaint in a way I really miss sometimes. But it was also fancy and a little snobby and people aren’t nearly as friendly as they are out west.
I also want to chime in and say a couple people have mentioned Pittsburgh… I’ve never even been but know a couple people who have lived all over, and said really, really great things about Pittsburgh, including one who grew up in LA and Chicago and lives in New York now, but would pick Pittsburgh over all of them.
Post # 53
I live in Huntington Beach, Ca (Orange County), about 15 minutes from Long Beach, where @redbullfanatic lives, and I love it here. I moved here when I was 10 from LA County and it has just become my home. The beach is 10 minutes from me, we generally have nice weather (except today is FREAKING HOT) and Big Bear mountain is close by too, if you like winter sports. 🙂
It is pretty expensive to live here, but that’s not to say it can’t be done.
However if your FH is looking for snow, this isn’t the place for you too.
Post # 54
yeah it sounds weird I know. I’d never leave because the weather is too fantastic, I love the beach, my friends are here, the food is great and I could never think of another state I’d want to live in. It’s really all weather based for me which sounds ridiculous and I think once you experience it it’s hard to leave. For someone new thinking about moving here I’d say don’t do it. Rent is ridiculous, it’s very hard to find a job and if you do you’re most likely going to have a good hour commute where you’re only traveling 25 miles. Do I need to mention our tax rate?
If someone HAD to move here though I’d say move to Orange County…I’m on the border of LA and OC but Long Beach is close enough to the OC that we get a cheaper tax rate and it’s not so “LA”…LA is a shithole.
Post # 55
I am a So Cal native too and one of the reasons I want to move is because I do not want to send my kids to school here.
Post # 56
I just had two friends move back to Long Island so they can raise their kids there. The test scores are just scary, not to mention a kid can’t go see a high school football game without getting shot.
Post # 57
Another bee from Huntington Beach! Hey there!
Post # 58
Oh I love that church!! It’s so beautiful! And there’s still not much around Quarryville/Holtwood area haha. I’m REALLY looking forward to living in Lititz because it’s so much closer to everything.
Reading area is really nice too. FI’s family lives a bit north of Ephrata, and Fiance and I go through Reading occasionally when we go hiking. It’s gorgeous!!
Post # 59
I have lived a lot of places, I’m a military brat. Here are my favorite cities, in no particular order:
Columbus, OH – Duh ohio is home my home and that city and the areas surrounding it are just awesome! Plus the Buckeyes are my team so, ya know…
Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati ge s a lot of flack but I tell it is a really cool city to live in. I live half an hour to the northwest and go into town alot. Good Arts scene (the underground music scene is fabulous!) 2 pro teams (Bengals and Reds)always fun for the games, UC is a very school in many disciplines! Good local food and festivals (Cincinnati’s Octoberfest is the largest in the country!)
Nashville, TN – I went to school in TN and visited Nashville a lot with friends, AMAZING CITY and absolutely gorgeous!
Raleigh/Durham, NC – North Carolina is a beautiful state and that area has a lot to offer. My mom’s family lives there.
Post # 60
I’m a Pittsburgh girl, and I absolutely love it. People who haven’t been here can have a very negative view of it – as a PP mentioned, it can be viewed as old, rusty, and boring. But really, it’s absolutely gorgeous! Lots of public parks, nice suburbs and city neighborhoods, very low cost of living, great bars and friendly people. It doesn’t hurt that we have the best collection of professional sports teams in the country – lots of celebrations here too!
I’ve always been interested in Maine as well, and rural parts of Penn. Liditz is soooo beautiful, Fiance and I might look into moving there eventually. I must have four seasons though. Fall is my time
Post # 61
If you like Seattle, check out Kirkland…outside of the city, suburby and nice.
I live in the Bay Area, Northern California. I love it here. I can drive to L.A. in a few hours, go to wine country, S.F., or live in the suburbs somewhere outside the city. It never snows, never too hot either. You can live by the ocean, or more inland too. Lots of options. My extended fam is from Seattle and it’s really beautiful there, but not for me. For me, it’s too quiet there, no diversity like there is here. If you’re really mellow people, and want a safe, clean, nice place to live, move to Seattle. If you want a lot of different things to do, come to CA. Either way, you can visit the other place too…I fly to Seattle often…not too expensive.