Post # 1
How did you know when it was time? I miss driving, having a yard, knowing my neighbors, friendly people, etc. But I love city living! I’m afraid I’d miss the city. As of now, I assume we’ll move to the burbs once our kid needs to go to kindergarten (so I guess in ~10 years), but we want to buy a place too, so we’re looking at condos in the city now. Agghh how did you know when it was time to make the move?
Post # 3
We just moved to the burbs and we are multiple years out from having kids. We knew we wanted the space and the city can’t provide that (at least not without being crazy expensive).
Post # 4
We are in this position now! We are about to move to the burbs from our fun city rental. We’re sad, and we’ll miss walking to restaurants, bars, etc… but after looking at buying in all areas, we decided to go to the burbs, where we’ll get the more house for our $. But, yeah, we figured when our first kid is old enough for kindergarten… but we don’t have kids yet, and are planning to stay in our new house for about 6-7ish years, before locating to a better school district. Lots of thought and planning involved in the decision– take your time figuring it all out!
Post # 5
We are sort of doing this — only it’s moving from the burbs to a little bit more rural area. We are planning to stay in the house for several years, so we are making sure to check out the school systems for our future children.
What an exciting time!
Post # 6
When did you move from city to burbs?
In about a week. Eek! (We’re both 30 if that is more helpful. :B)
I’m both excited and sad to be leaving the city. We knew it was time because we were looking to buy. Since that’s a long term investment we asked ourselves where we saw ourselves in 5 years. For us, it wasn’t in the city in a tiny condo, or a townhouse with a small lawn. We wanted lots of space, and a backyard.
Plus, we barely ever take advantage of living super close to the city anymore. When we were younger we’d go out to dinner more often and stay out in bars or clubs into the wee hours. But in the past couple of years we’ve started staying in more, cooking dinners at home, etc. It wasn’t worth paying the premium staying close to the city when we don’t really go out that much anymore.
Plus our new house is close to the metro line in our city. So we have the ability to get to the city quickly if we want to go out on those few occasions that we do.
Post # 7
I’m so glad you started this thread! We are going through this same thought right now. Except, ours will involve a cross-country move from sunny, warm California back to the Mid-West to not only be able to afford buying a house (in the burbs) but also to have our families near us when we start raising kids. It will be a huge re-adjustment, but in the end just feels right.
Post # 8
I never lived in a city so I don’t know the difference haha! It’s frustrating that I can’t walk anywhere but I do like the space and quiet.
Post # 9
We are moving in a month. The main factor was wanting a house for our children to grow up in and not a townhouse. I like the idea of them living in one home their entire childhood, neither Darling Husband or I had that, and we really want that for our children. We are expecting our first child, a boy in July.
Post # 10
We’re actually going in the reverse. Living in the burbs, and are planning a move to Boston in the next year or so. However, Darling Husband has an interview this week in Boston, so it may be sooner than we think!
Post # 11
We are going in reverse too! I’ve always lived in the suburbs, but longed for a taste of the city life. I have two kids on college and one in the 9th grade. He is totally cool with switching schools for the chance to live in the city and be exposed to all of that culture. Our goal is to make it happen in less than two years, so he’d at least get to do his senior year in Atlanta.
Post # 12
I love this thread. Fiance and I have been talking more and more about moving out of the city, half of the time I’m thrilled to be looking at the ‘burbs, half of the time I am depressed/terrified about it. I grew up in the ‘burbs and I miss the size of an actual house and the space. But I love our dinky little apartment and how convenient it is to get to anywhere and everywhere. Plus, I live in the same complex as two good friends and within about 5 minutes of all of my other friends – so moving would mean not seeing them as frequently.
I’m taking a lot of family-oriented reasoning from this thread, which suits me fine. Gives me time to think since we’re not there yet!
ETA: I don’t actually love how small our apartment is (and how much $$ it costs). But such a good location! After re-reading my post I was like “Wait, what? That’s a lie!” 🙂
Post # 13
I only made it about 9 months living in the city with Darling Husband (bf at the time) before I was practically begging to move to the burbs. I have a big black lab and felt awful leaving her in a tiny apartment all day. We bought a house about 9 months before we were engaged and couldn’t be happier that we did.
Post # 14
We moved to the burbs 2 years ago (no kids for another few years), and we love it! We love walking around the neighborhood, enjoying our yard, and just the quietness of it.
However, we do miss the city. We miss being able to walk to restaurants and bars, the diversity and culture, etc. There are definetly pros and cons to both, and I think a part of us will always miss the city. But we wanted more space, bigger yard, and a big neighborhood for our future kids, and we can’t get that in the city.
Post # 15
We’d just had enough. Our former residence was in the HOOD, so that didn’t help. My husband lived there for six years, two of those years I was there with him (post-college) and we’d just had it. Proximity to the city and all we love about city living just didn’t seem as important as really loving where we were every night. Now we’re about 25 minutes outside of the city in a bustling burb with awesome neighbors and a huge house. We and our pets could not be happier. In terms of time, we moved about 9 months after we got married.
Although my sister still lives in the city so there’s always somewhere to park/crash/leave the dog when we want to go out. 🙂
Post # 16
My Fi and I moved to the burbs last year, as soon as we graduated from college. We are both 24 now. All our apartments in college were in a fairly crappy parts of the city and we wanted space and quiet and to feel safe. I am so happy we decided to move out of the city! There are hiking trails right behind our house and beautiful views of mountain ranges.