(Closed) Why is your city amazing??? Help us choose where to move:)

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Post # 33
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have to say, I’m pretty jealous you are able to move where ever you want, so awesome 🙂

Post # 35
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@SpecialSundae:  Ohhh I have been trying to persuade the Fiance to move back there with me!!


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@ZeRaaashian:  I also LOVE Boston it is a great city (although a little pricey on the real estate)

another suggestion would be Tampa, it is a great city and of course is righr on the ocean (although you have to watch for the hurricanes!!)  The real estate in this area will get you a home with the money your looking to pay.

Post # 36
1030 posts
Bumble bee

I live in Brighton – a city on the south coast of England. It’s the most unique city I have ever seen. We have a skateboarding dog, an 80 year old raver, 1940s tea dances, a man who plays the piano on the street and no one bats an eyelid at any of these things.

The beach is beautiful, the city is beautiful, the country on the outskirts is beautiful.

Unfortunately, though- all this comes at a price. For $300,000 you’d be lucky to get a 2 bedroom flat 🙁

Post # 37
5540 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Move to Austin! Great urban area without a lot of the issues of being in a major city (like there is no smog!) and unlike Seattle, which I hear is similar to Austin, we have sunshine! Sometimes a lot of it, but there are places like Barton Springs, Lady Bird Lake, the whole string of Highland Lakes, the Hill country, amazing resturants, clubs, live music all the time. While it isn’t like NYC kind of huge, it is also super affordable unless you want to live like, smack downtown in a high rise condo. But there are also lots of SUPER SUPER cheap suburbs that aren’t a far drive from downtown but have the open lot neighborhoods and stuff. And the other great thing is that not far drives are all kinds of different places, there is the gorgeous hill country, a few more hours west and you have the dessert, east, the piney woods, south east, the ocean. And it is 2 hours to Houston and three or 4 to DFW. 

Post # 38
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Midland, Michigan

It has everything you are looking for.

Besides being beautiful, it is convenient.

It has shopping both big box stores and local merchants. The community is very close. The tridge is stunning, we spend a lot of time their kayaking and such.

The Bay is close by and you are surrounded by the wonderful great lakes. Detroit and other large cities are at most a couple of hours away. Home are very reasonably priced and they range all over in price. Just google it and I am sure you will see some great things about it. Good luck with deciding. My SO and I are looking forward to doing the same thing in 1.5 years after I graduate. We can both work anywhere and as much as we love our city, we really want to experience other places.

Post # 39
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think NYC is the best city in the world!  Lived here 7 years and you can drag me out kicking and screaming. 

But, with your requirements, definitely cross it off the list.  You could afford something in that price range way out in the boroughs, but then you’d be losing the “in the middle of everything” location.  And you’d probably have a long commute into Manhattan for work. 

Post # 40
72 posts
Worker bee

@KCKnd2 +1!

I’m from, and currently live in, Madison, WI and we have about everything you’re looking for, but quite a different climate than you’re used to. 

I wouldn’t call Madison a large city, but we’re not small, either. (randomly – abutting city, Middleton, has been on the best places to live list a couple of times in the last decade!)

We have one of the highest number of restaurants per capita in the US and TONS of them are wonderfully local.

You can purchase a house like you’ve described in a nice neighborhood for the same or less dough than you’re looking to spend and there are at least three dog parks in the city, and a few more in surrounding communities that your pooch would love.

We are a bike friendly city, with 46 miles of bike paths and over 100 miles of bike lanes, plus we have a free zoo and you can visit nature in the city at the University of Wisconsin’s Arboretum.  We have two major lakes and many smaller lakes for water sports.

Plus, we have really good beer and cheese.

If the idea of Madison doesn’t quite float your boat, but the midwest appeals, I’d go Chicago.  Seems like my friends who have lived or worked in Milwaukee proper have not been impressed, and it is, sadly, one of the most segregated cities in the US.

Post # 41
4953 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I live in Georgia, about 30 minutes north of Atlanta. It’s the Marietta/Kennesaw/Acworth/Roswell area. I live right in the spot where Marietta, Kennesaw, and Acworth meet. It’s a big area, but it’s not crazy like Atlanta is. We have EVERYTHING, and it’s easy to go to Atlanta for a visit or travel to work there.  We have a big lake nearby that people go to ALL the time. And your house budget is definitely reasonable. 

My parents’ house has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is in arguably the best school district in the state (and ~10 minutes away from my university, which is the 3rd largest in GA and growing)… and it was $165k when they bought it about 8 years ago. 


Post # 42
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We live in beautiful San Diego.  It is amazing because there is so much to do, its usually 70 and sunny, and our schools are award winning.  I think it may be hard to find a several bedroom home along the coast for $300,00 but if you travel a bit futher inland you should be able to find ssomething.

Post # 45
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@ZeRaaashian:  The market in the Twin Cities area is fantastic right now. DH and I just bought an 1800 sqft 2 bed 2 bath end unit townhome last summer for 165k, and we live in one of the nicest suburbs of Minneapolis. There are tons of single family homes available for a huge deal right now as well. Can’t beat that!

Post # 46
1513 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i would have said boston until you said you wanted a house for 300K…. that’s not happening anywhere in greater boston :/ 

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