(Closed) Where Do You Live, Do You Love It, And Why?

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Post # 47
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I live in San Francisco and absolutely love it. I’m a city girl through and through, and I firmly believe it’s the best city in the United States.  It’s never too cold and never too hot, there are a million things to do at any given time, and it’s very liberal. I walk to work and wake up to the most beautiful city views ever. The only downside is the crazy high cost of living, but for now, that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. 

Post # 48
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I live in So Cal near the beach.  Weather is great year round, so we save on heating and cooling bills.  But cost of living for housing is REALLY high!  It makes it hard to think of buying something when $500,000 will get you a condo at 1300 sq ft.

Post # 49
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We live in a suburb of Columbus and I love it! I really like being near the city, lots to do and see. There is a great zoo, museums, wonderful food, lots of parks, it really is great. We moved here because this is where I found a job after graduation and some of DH family is here. We were originally living in Toledo and while we liked it there and loved being near our families, it just didn’t have the growth or development that Columbus does. DH and I both grew up in small towns in N.W. Ohio and while DH loves small town living, I hated it. I hated having to drive far to get anything, to do anything, and to see anyone. I see the ‘burbs as a nice compromise. I’m not sure we’ll ever leave here as my immediate family is planning on relocating here in the future and most of DH family is nearby as well.

I will say if we were to ever live somewhere else we would love to live in Chicago. Everytime we visit we say we should just try to find a way to live there for a year.

Post # 50
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Another Pittsburgh girl here. I grew up here. I’ve lived in Ithaca and Boston for school. Honestly, if it weren’t for the winters, I would love it here! It has its downs (public transport is the main one) but it has tons of things going for it. Lots to do (even though people say there isnt…gah!) cheap cost of living, inexpensive, interersting homes…

My Fiance and I want to move somewhere warm, though (FYI-We’re taking suggestions! Smile)with a really good theater/acting scene. But I wouldn’t be surpsied if we moved back to Pgh someday. You can live well here.

Post # 51
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We live in NYC.  There are plenty of things to love: language & cultural diversity, liberalism, tons of food to choose from, night life, shopping, museums, parks, the hustle and bustle…. I’m happy here, but my husband doesn’t love it.  There are also tons of cons, including cost of living (though, I, too, appreciate the perks that come along with a high cost of living), the city can be exhausting, the subway can be the biggest pain in the neck (and at the same time a major life saver sometimes), the city is on the grimy side….

 

We have our sights set on the West Coast, California (probably southern, but not discounting northern at the moment) to be exact.  My family is in NY, and his family is in Turkey…. We’re taking a road trip down the California coast this summer to scout out possible locations. 🙂

Post # 52
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I live in Central NJ and I realy do not like it.

I am from the islands so the cold NJ weather is so not my choice. Also in Central NJ its like we do not exist. People only think of North NJ and South NJ. The cost of living where I am is horrible and I make under 30k a year but my rent cost me like 1300 a month. I am so lucky for my dear Fiance cuz he pays all the expenses. If you want to do someting fun you either have to drive to Philly or NYC. I would love to move to California or Hawaii.

Post # 53
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

 We live outside of Knoxville, TN and we absolutely LOVE it! I moved here to go to school and fell in love. The people are friendly and the mountains are beautiful. We love going up to the crafters villages in Gatlinburg and watching the artisans.

We love biking through Cades Cove and watching the black bears and deer just a few feet away, our city also has a wonderful Greenway system you can bike from one part of town to another without having to deal with traffic, Townsend also has a really great bike loop that takes you past some really neat shops (wood carving, dulcimers, jewelers, etc).

My Fiance and I are from Southeast Missouri, about 40 minutes south of St Louis. My Fiance went to college in Chicago and we absolutely HATED it, I think I’m the only one on here that doesn’t like it lol! Too busy, took forever to get anywhere, and the winters were awful. The cost of living there is also waaaay more expensive. His one bedroom apartment cost twice as much as his two bedroom here in TN. He moved here after he graduated college because he didn’t like it up there much either. 

 Living in Missouri was okay, we’re not really itching to move back there anytime soon. The towns we are from are really small and no one really ever leaves. They’re old mining towns and pretty run down. You have to drive to St. Louis or Cape Girardeau to do any decent shopping. 

We really like East Tennessee and right now wouldn’t want to live anywhere else! 

Post # 54
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We currently live in Los Angeles and I don’t have enough space to say how much we. HATE. IT.  Funny thing is I’m born and raised here, but even my parents admit it’s gotten worse and worse since when they moved here 40 odd years ago.

The endless traffic, the a**hole people, the atmosphere (smog, graffitti, etc.).  And this may be a controversial comment but I’ll go ahead and say it…it’s very frustrating that in my area of L.A. every billboard, bus sign, and general background conversation in every store we walk in is all in spanish.  There’s so many other places in the country that have nice weather….including north (Santa Barbara…love) and south (San Diego…

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@hanaleilove: is right.  WAY better than L.A.) that I tell everyone who asks to stay the F away from LA haha.

We’re working on TTC now, but 100% will be moving within the next 5 years because we don’t want to raise our children here.  DH is from CT and we met at college in RI so we are definitely looking into a variety of states in the New England area as well as Chicago.


 

Post # 55
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I live near Baltimore and I hate it!  It’s too crowded, too expensive, and too busy.  I’m from SC and can’t wait to go back south.  The only thing I don’t like about the South is that it’s so much more conservative than up here.  I hate that.

Post # 56
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I live on the coast of NC near the SC line (about an hour from Myrtle Beach). I love it!! I grew up here and I don’t ever really want to leave.  I love warm weather (its been in the upper 60s/lower 70s all week!).  Right now, we live in a pretty small town, but we want to move about 45 minutes up the coast to be in a slightly bigger city. 

I love the beach and I love the small town country feel too.  Its like the best of both worlds, with the “city” less than 50 miles away.

Post # 57
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

PHOENIX. We just moved here from Ohio, less than a month ago. It’s amazing. It’s 72 degrees today. It has been cloudy no more than two days since we’ve been here. It’s a giant city with lots to offer, a great downtown that’s walkable and bike friendly, tons of places to go out to eat and entertain. It’s gorgeous here. It’s cheap to live here (renting a 5 year old single family home with a fenced back yard for the same amount as our 790 sq foot apartment in Ohio). There are schools in neighborhoods. Lots of outdoor activities, surrounded by mountains and blue skies. And casinos. You can eat on the porch in January. We grilled out last night. And when it gets too hot, outdoor malls have misters. It’s awesome. Almost everyone is a transplant, and people are generally kind.

I am two hours away from Flagstaff, and it’s snowing there. I am four hours away from the Grand Canyon, and I’m about three hours away from Mexico.

Cons: It’s 118 for about three months. We just treat it like winter – stay inside. The traffic is rough on week days. 

Post # 58
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I live in a suburb of Atlanta. I hate this place! Husband and I have been here for a couple years and we cannot wait to get out of the south. I spent several years in southern California and loved living in San Diego. People there were much nicer and happier in general. People here are rude, fake, and the drivers are the worst. 

Post # 59
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I live in New Orleans, I absolutely love it, and there are so many reasons why. We are fiercely loyal to this place despite its flaws. I love the eclectic mix of people here and the fact that I can make a friend in line at the bank. I love that I am minutes away from wonderful nightlife and delicious food. And I love the tenacity of the people here. It’s such a romantic city, too. I lived out of state for five years – right near a beautiful beach actually, but I really missed home the whole time and couldn’t wait to move back. I doubt I could be happy anywhere else!

Post # 60
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

This is such a cool thread. I think Chicago just moved up a few notches on my list of places that I would like to visit. 🙂

We live in a suburb between Baltimore and Washington DC. I love that we have all 4 seasons, (though I could do with less humidity during the summer), that we have 2 cities worth of culture and restaurants to enjoy, that our neighborhood is bordered by a 200 acre farm on one side and an amazing mall on the other, that we have one of the best school systems in the country, that Forbes regularly ranks our area in the top 5 best places to live in the country, that the motto for the area is “Choose civility” because manners and propriety are valued here, that we have loads of parks and walking/biking paths, and that all of this still allows me to have a 25 minute commute to work. We’re also no more than 45 minutes from any member of our immediate family, and the vast majority of our friends. What we don’t like is that the weekday traffic from our area to Mr. LK’s office is horrendous (a 40 minute drive takes 90+ minutes), housing prices are high, and property taxes are high. But that is the cost of being where we want to be, and we are willing to pay it.

Post # 61
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@theredhead:  Hehe. I just moved from Tallahassee (where I was going to grad school), so I feel ya!

I currently live in Raleigh, NC which is where I lived when I was in highschool. I do like it a lot, but don’t love it. It is very affordable compared to most places and has a good mix of young professionals and families, along with great job opportunities for me with several colleges in the area. It is also close enough to both the beach and mountains to do weekend trips. We also get a good four seasons, which some people like. However, you have to drive everywhere & everything feels spread out, downtown is not super accessible if you want to eat or go out there, and to me it just doesn’t have the charm of some other cities I’ve visited.

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