Post # 1
Fiance and I are living in the Pacific Northwest at the moment and it’s just not for us. Neither of us grew up here (though we’ve grown up in the US), and we want to move out of here in the next 1-2 years. We just can’t decide where! We have a couple of places in mind, but we’re open to exploring all of our options. We’ve also visited Europe several times and are very open to moving there, as well. We both have jobs that transfer pretty easily anywhere, so….
Tell me where your favorite place that you live/have lived is/was and why!!!
I should say that I grew up in southern California and Fiance and I both don’t want to be near my family, so that option is out. =o) Anyway, tell us why your city is so awesome!!
Post # 3
Currently, I live in southern Alabama and love it. We’re so close to the beach, but the cost of living is still very low (unlike Florida).
Post # 4
Awww, family ruins everything! I love L.A.!
Post # 5
I live in Sonoma County (wine country) in Northern California about 45 minutes north of San Francisco. I absolutely adore living here and have never been happier.
The pay rate is great here, the rent is reasonable (where I live), and it is a small family and community minded area that focuses on healthy living. After growing up in Southern California myself I am truely at peace.
I love that I am close to mountains, the ocean, beautiful valleys/hills to hike in. I am also close to shopping and great food. I am surrounded by amazing agriculture (who doesn’t love fresh locally grown produce?). My commute covers farm area so I have the pleasure of seeing calves and lambs born on a regular basis. And the population of my town is 6,800…so there is plenty of space.
I’m sure there are those that don’t feel as strongly as I do but I am content to live here the rest of my life.
EDIT: I would like to add that this weather was custom made for my pleasure. Who doesn’t like 75 degrees nearly year round with the occassional rain and warmer weather?
Post # 6
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE living in NYC, but it is definitely not for everyone! You sacrifice space and price to live in the midst of everything. I love the culture, the energy, the vibe, and being able to walk or ride absolutely everywhere. I love having the choice of a TON of different bars and restaurants. I love not having to drive, pay car insurance, pay for gas, etc. I love getting anything I want delivered. I love running through the city/park/trails and not have to drive somewhere to run. I could really go on and on 🙂
….but I live (happily) in 550 square feet up a flight of stairs.
Post # 7
@Mrs.DBee: lol, sorry! I think if we stay north of Santa Barbara or east of Las Vegas then we’re out of the “zone of family terror.”
Post # 8
Central PA is wonderful…the worst weather we have is an occasional 12-inch snowstorm that allows you a day off work; we have all four seasons but none are extreme; New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, and the beach are all within a four hour drive, you can get the big city feel, suburban feel or rural feel all within 30 minutes, teachers get paid extremely well in the state – so the school districts (except the city) are all really good, and there are plenty of jobs.
Post # 9
We’re moving back to the Midwest also.
Stay far away.
Post # 10
@MadameTussaud: Agreed. If it takes a day or a plane flight to get to you it is considered “safe.” I purposely moved to Norcal to get away from my family too (they are 12 hours away….).
Post # 11
We live in Atlanta and LOVE it! You get all of the benefits of a big city but in a much lower cost of living area than say LA, NYC, Chicago, Boston, etc. Plus, you’re in the South so people are quite friendly!
Plus I love the warmer weather you get living in the South. I grew up in IN but I definitely prefer the warmth.
Post # 12
@Treejewel19: Man, that sounds like perfection to me and I’ve never even been to California before.
Post # 13
Come to the South! 🙂 If i could live anywhere other than Charlotte NC it would be Charleston SC.
I really love Charlotte though – its a smaller city but very clean with a great nightlife and lots of young professionals. I love that we are minutes away from the SC border (cheaper gas!) 2 hours to the mountains and 3 hours from the beach. cost of living is decent. I’ve been looking at homes and you can get a 2000 sqft house for around 160k. (just over the border) i’ve never met anyone that hasn’t loved it here – i see more and more transplants as the years go on and it’s actually kinda rare to find someone that is actually born and raised in Charlotte – i’ve lived here since I was 6.
Another thing i really love is that its not too far of a drive to get to the “country” for me that’s a plus. I like having all of the city amenities and don’t want to be out in the middle of nowhere but i do want to buy some land eventually.
Thought this picture was pretty awesome. this guy caught it the other day during a storm here.
Post # 14
I was born and raised in Jersey and have a love/hate relationship with it. I moved to Ohio with my ex for about 1.5 years. I really enjoyed the country living in a way. We lived on a huge farm, it was so much more laid back, etc. I wouldn’t mind going back to that way of living.
The pros to living in Jersey are:
- The Jersey shores. Unfortunately, I live down the street from Seaside.
- Being close to Philly and NYC
- The food is absolutely delicious
- It’s overcrowded as hell.
- Not too much goes on here.
Post # 15
I’ve lived in NYC for nearly ten years and I absolutely love it. The culture, the food, the attitude, the hustle and bustle. But… I spent a good portion of my childhood in Hawaii. My parents are still there, so I visit often (of course). Looking back, I realize how lucky I was to be surrounded with so much cultural diversity. Everyone is so happy and friendly there; I know I’ve lived in NYC too long when I go back and need a few days to readjust to all the positivity.
The weather is pretty much perfect all year round, with the occasional rain. But then you get rainbows constantly! Seriously! There are rainbows everywhere! It’s almost sickening. And then there’s driving around the island and just seeing all the lush greenery (the drive on H-3). There are miles and miles of gorgeous beaches that’ve made me a total beach snob. Ha. I don’t know if I could live there now, as an adult, since there really aren’t many jobs in my industry there (advertising), but if I could somehow telecommute I would.
Post # 16
@totheislnds: Been to Charlotte, loved visiting. And that photo is beyond amazing!