Post # 17
Didn’t see where you guys aren’t having kids!
Cleveland also has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and have HUGE concerts there all the time. It’s very cool. They have the flats which is full of really quirky bars and restaurants and the Cleveland Orchestra literally brings tears to my eyes when I hear them. The West side market is increible as is the museum of art. About 20-30 minutes south there is Brandywine lodge where you can ski and snowboard.
Also, you around only 6 hours away from Washington D.C., 7 and a half from NYC and because I love Amish country, about an hour and half away from that.
Post # 18
Ok here’s my speel for my town – Philadelphia.
As far as housing goes you can get a good sized house in a good area either on the city line or in the suburbs for that budget. I’m talking 2000+ sqft, big yard type stuff. To be smack in town you would not get much space. We’re sandwiched between 2 rivers. Tons of hiking, and bikes all around. If you want more wateR it’s an hour drive to the Atlantic ocean. We get all 4 seasons, if you like a little bit of everything.
There is a hugeeeeee food scene here. Restaurants of every kind, festivals etc. we have your cultural attractions being the placewhere the country began as an independent nation. Tons of museums (ever see rocky?) and theatres spread out all over the place for plays, ballet, musicals, opera, comedy etc.
With your travel reference PHL airport is a huge operation and deals with many many flights daily. With nonstops toEurope and other far destinations. NYC is a 75 minute train ride, easily a day trip. And dc/Baltimore only a 2 hour drive as well, a day trip for some but not all.
Post # 19
For what its worth, I live in NYC and we have a house with a yard (and a front porch, too!) – you just have to go to the right neighborhood!
Post # 20
Another vote for Chicago-it really is the perfect city.
If you are looking for city, look into nieghborhoods like Roscoe Village, Uptown, Bucktown, Lincoln Park. They are def on the pricer side and a yard would be hard to come by.
If you look at places outside of the city, you will get more bang for your buck. Stay away from the North Shore (Glenview, Wilmette, Northbrook, Evanston) because the price of homes is outragous. Look places a bit further out, Lombard for example. You are further from the city but more bang for your buck for sure and you can be to the city in 30-40 minutes. The area has tons of restaurants and you are around a lot of big malls.
Here are some Lombard examples in the 200-300k range:
Another possiblity would be somewhere like Crystal Lake…you are right by a lake but further out from the city (think like an hour). There is a street called Rand Road that has every single restaurant imaginable, but it def is not that urban feel you want:
The trick with Illinois is that you have to be open to the suburbs if you are looking for bigger house with a yard without spending nearly a million dollars!
Post # 21
I am voting for a city I dont live in but thats because Im from Canada haha but I have travelled to tons of US cities between family, friends, living in a border city and roadtrips Ive vistied a lot! I vote for Chicago!
I looooove that city and if I could live in the states or work there I would move there no questions asked. Its on a lake which is key, a beautiful lake I might add with lots of beach, water sports and what not. They have 4 seasons and its beautiful at every time of the year, been there about 10 times in the last year because we love it so much! There is so much to do there from city life to outside the city with biking, trials etc its great, there are too many good things to say I could go on and on. Not to mention the food ahhhhh, the food! The shopping, the people, the night life, the parks, the museums, the art galleries, the stage shows its all great! It reminds me of a mini New York but cleaner, friendlier, prettier, safer if that makes sense, downtown is amazing with the big city feel but as soon as you step out you realise its a big city with a small city feel. Good Luck making your choice, keep us posted!
Post # 23
+1 to you ladies! I LOVE the Twin Cities area (currently living in the NW suburbs but we head downtown once a week or so) and can’t see myself living anywhere else! Food, sports in all seasons, theater…we have it all!
Post # 24
I live in South Florida and although I love it here, I think it sounds like you guys would enjoy a place like Chicago.
Post # 25
Move to the Baltimore area. It fits all of your criteria.
The city is full of culture and history. There are diverse ethnic communities (Italian, Irish, Polish, Russian, etc.) and festivals every year and great ethnic restaurants. Ther are tons of museums and historical monuments.
We’ve got 2 professional baseball teams and 2 pro football teams within an hour (DC and Baltimore teams).
DC and NYC are both close and easy to visit for the day without driving. We normally catch the Metro to DC and take a train or the bus (buses run every day all day long) to NYC.
We’ve got the Chesapeake Bay and several nearby beaches.
There are theaters, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, plays, operas, etc.
Not far outside the city are plenty of places to hike, go horseback riding, etc.
Healthcare is a plus around here because we have some of the best doctors and hospitals in the US/world.
You can probably buy a house at your price point in the suburbs, which is where you would want to live anyway. There are parts of Baltimore City that are hellishly unsafe (drugs, gangs, etc.) and I’ve only visited them by mistake. I live in Baltimore County, which surrounds the city, and it’s much safer and I can be into the city in minutes.
Post # 26
Chicago, holla! Love it here… so much so that my plan to move here and stay for 2-3 years has already been doubled, and I don’t see leaving anytime soon.
If Chicago is too big/pricey after you look at it, I second Milwaukee. FI and I are interested in moving up there sometime when we are ready to have kids, mainly for the affordability. We often head up to MKE for the weekend just to get away!
Post # 27
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center
Um, yes! Seattle is the BEST!
I loooooove love love Seattle, it has a great food, music, outdoors, and arts scenes. The only drawback is the traffic, which can be sucky, and the lack of great public transportation doesn’t help, but they are at least working on the transportation.
Honestly the weather doesn’t really bother me, even, but that might be because I’m used to it. The summers are typically really nice, and this year it was great! It rained last night/this morning for the first time in 48 days! I like that we get those wonderful sunny days, and we get snowy days in the winter, so we get seasons; they are just milder seasons than you get elsewhere.
There are also so many distinct neighborhoods with such neighborhood pride. You don’t have to live in downtown to get a nice urban feel with places to walk easily. Even in our nearly suburban area, we can walk to the store or to the park. You can find places to live that feel urban and young or more secluded and quiet, and they aren’t that far from everything else.
But the #1 reason I love it here? It is so GREEN. Like, literally. Nature is abundant. You can drive for a half hour or an hour and you can reach the wilderness. Or you can get to any number of bodies of water to boat or kayak or canoe or swim or fish or what-have-you. It’s just lovely.
Post # 28
I’m not from the states but I have travelled across America extensively. If I could live anywhere it would hands down be Seattle. It has such an amazing feel, not too big, not too small. Lovely and green, amazing food! Not sure what the housing market is but both Fiance and I wanted to move there when we visited.
2nd would be Austin TX, for pretty much the same reasons above. I think you can get a pretty good deal on a cute house there and they have amazing parks, pubs and restaurants.
Post # 29
Yayy so much Seattle love! I love Austin too – I like in Texas now – but it doesn’t really have the same urban vibe that Seattle or some of the other large cities do.
Post # 30
“We are huge foodies, love going out, cultural attractions,theater, comedy, ballet, museums.”
Come to BOSTON!! By the ocean, beaches, lots of education and law firms. For your home price you can easily buy in the close burbs. We love it here.
Post # 31
Well, don’t come to Fayetteville, NC.
It sucks ass.
However, Raleigh, NC is the bomb diggity! It has delicious food, tons of attractions, great jobs, shopping, night life….ahhhh I love it!