Post # 62
We live in the east bay. Good things- within driving distance to mountains, napa/sonoma, beach, yosemite, big sur, Monterey (basically a lot of weekend trips!); amazing weather. Bad Points- extremely expensive for parking, housing, cost of living; traffic and crowded.
Originally we are from Oklahoma and Texas. We plan to move back there when my husband is done with school mainly because that is where family is but also because we want to start our own family and the cost of living is so much cheaper! If you live there you can afford more luxurious vacations because you save money on day to day life. I am biased to Tulsa since i was born and raised there.There is plenty to do:
- sports wise no professional teams other than the basketball in OKC but a lot of people follow the college teams
- most restaurants have their trial in Tulsa to see how it will do nationwide. There are tons of good restaurants everywhere!
- your longest commute is 20 min if that with traffic, gas is cheaper than other places in the states
- weather is okay you get every season ice and snow in the winter, hot and humid in the summer
- you get both a small town and city feel
- Lot’s of churches and good schools
- I feel like it is more of a relaxed place to live, getting around is easy (although you have to have a car) and people are friendly!
Post # 63
My husband is also from England. To be honest, a lot of America kind of freaks him out. He can’t really take living in places where you *need* a car just to get a gallon of milk. Basically, he hates suburbs. He also can’t take places with a conservative religious culture, and he doesn’t like super-hot weather. Places that he has liked living in or visiting include:
San Francisco (we live here now)
NYC (but, as others have said, this probably doesnt fit your desire to live in the suburbs)
Places I think he would like (and maybe your husband as well) but he hasn’t been to include:
Austin (though the weather might be too much)
Western Mass (five colleges area)
Hope that helps!
Post # 64
I live in PA too and I know the four seasons.
Still Winter and
Post # 65
@bluespurrs that is hilarious!
Post # 67
I have to put in another vote for St. Louis! I moved there after college and fell in love almost immediatly. Talk about a city that doesn’t get the credit it deserves. There are TONS of free things to do there, including the zoo, art museum, and more parks than I can count. There is a huge biking population if that appeals to you, and tons of unique neighborhoods filled with art galleries, resturants, bars and music venues. There are also several universities (Wash U and St. Louis University being the main ones) and tons of cultrual diversity. Yes, it can feel like a small town at times, but that’s part of it’s charm. I’m not a fan of the suburbs, but that’s just my taste… there are way too many unique and wonderful areas of the city to move out to the cookie cutter burbs! It’s also an incredibly affordable city. Oh, and if you’re into sports at all, the city thrives off baseball and hockey seasons. (Can you tell I’m a little obcessed?) :o)
On the flip side, I moved to Florida (a little south of Tampa) to be near my boyfriend while he’s in med school, and I hate it. The scenery is beautiful, but I miss the seasons. There also isn’t much to do here unless you’re retired or have money to blow (next to no free museums like I’m used to) and the place shuts down at 10pm. Not my cup of tea at all, and I can’t wait until he graduates and we can move away.
Post # 68
For reals, you should come visit Minnesota. Fall is especially lovely with the foliage changing colors! I’m so glad it’s on your list. : ) : ) : )
We have everything you want. Well, no coast (sniff, I’d like one too!) but Mpls itself has over 20 lakes and at least two waterfalls. Yeah, waterfalls. And when they freeze in the winter, they look awesome. 😉 There are also 42 4-year colleges in Minnesota so your hubby would have lots of places to choose from.
MN is very open-minded and laid back. We have the largest LGBT population outside of San Fran and have some really awesome events during Pride Week. Other factoids – MN is first in literacy, high school graduation rate, ACT scores and voter participation. Just random things that make MN a cool place. Hehehehe.
And, finally, it’s cheap here. You can rent a 2-bedroom apartment on one of the nicest, highest profile streets in St. Paul for less than $800 a month. Really nice neighborhoods in St. Paul and Mpls offer condos, duplexes, etc. for around $1000 a month. Seriously. Minnesota is cheap and awesome. The only thing that’s expensive here are cigarettes. We don’t pay taxes on food or clothes. Have I sold you on Minnesota yet?
Post # 69
We live in Madison, WI. It’s a big college town with UW (Big 10 sports, etc), with lots of smaller towns very close by. You definitely get all four seasons being in Wisconsin, so if you don’t like snow, it’s not for you! But, it has so much to offer, lakes, awesome architecture (the capitol building is amazing!), college sports, music, concerts and shows all over town, the farmers market on the capitol square every weekend, tons of shopping and places to eat, theaters, etc. It’s a great place with a really young feel, lots of college students and young families.
It has a great public transportation system, so you don’t really need a car, especially if you’re downtown! And the smaller towns, like Verona, Middleton, etc. are really only about 1/2 hour from downtown, so it’s not a bad trip to get there. (And it’s so worth it to visit State street!)
Post # 70
@ mellowpossum: I’m so happy you guys are considering Seattle! It’s such a wonderful city. I have lived around Seattle my whole life and rented in many of the suburbs. It can be pricey but I have always scouted for inexpensive rent and its definitely out there if you look! I have rented in Kirkland and Woodinville. My rent has ranged from $700/month to $1100/month and those have always been 2 bedrooms.
If you have any questions about Seattle feel free to PM me! I adore this city and think it is one of the greatest places in the world. 🙂
Post # 71
I grew up in the Seattle area, your description of what you’re looking for matches Seattle very well, people are very laid-back, it’s open minded/liberal, right on the water, lots of lakes and mountains very close by
You’re right, it is pricey up there that’s just how it is. Some other suburbs (depending on how far out of the city you want to be) are Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Ballard, and Issaquah.
I liked Seattle but I didn’t like the weather, I love going back to visit though. Cost of living can be expensive but I guess it just depends on what you’re looking for. I would also caution you that the traffic can be pretty bad, but I think that’s a lot of cities these days.
Good luck with your decision!
Post # 72
More Canada love! Unlike the other Canuck (that’s a nickname for Canadian), I’m in Ontario, which is close to Michigan, NY and Pennylvania! Love it here. While the taxes are high, the health care is good. 🙂 (I’m in Ottawa, about 1 million people across all suburbs. Not as big as Toronto, but within a couple hours drive of Toronto and Montreal).
Post # 73
I live in a town about 40 minutes from Boston, MA. Love it here! We have beaches, the city, woods… and we have all 4 seasons. My favorite season here is fall… it’s so pretty when the leaves change.
Post # 74
@bluespurrs – HA! Quite funny but I still love PA!
Post # 75
Pittsburgh here! I’m originally from about a half hour south of Boston, which was a great place to live but way too expensive for me at this point in my life!
Pittsburgh is amazing though! Super low cost of living, really friendly, and there is tons to do. And you mentioned school…there are a ton of colleges here!
Post # 76
@Bluespurs Ha! After this summer, no way! Although last winter was pretty wild! Craziest winter we’ve had.
So many PA Bees!!!