Join Early Retirement Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
What do you like about where you live?
Old 06-13-2007, 06:03 AM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
wildcat's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Lou-evil
Posts: 2,024
What do you like about where you live?

What do you like about where you live?

"These walls are kind of funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, gets so you depend on them"
wildcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-13-2007, 06:11 AM   #2
bssc's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 9,148
About Phoenix
Not too crowded (I am in Metro Washington as I write this)
Not too humid (81% humidity here)
House is close to the mountains
Housing is still relatively cheap

bssc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 06:27 AM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
frayne's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: 19th Hole
Posts: 2,320
Chattanooga, Tn. area here, weather, people, golf courses, great roads for motorcycle riding, decent prices for real estate.
frayne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 06:48 AM   #4
Recycles dryer sheets
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 216
Gainesville, Fl.
Can watch any number of performing arts and great college athletics any time of the year at much cheaper price than in major cities.
Great rivers and crystal-clear springs for canoing.
Cost of living is cheap.
People are friendly.

And the best think ever is that I can leave the house at 5:00am and be in Crescent Beach in an hour and a half, drink a bloody mary and watch the sun rise out over the Atlantic. That same day I can come back to my house, take a nap on the hammock, then leave about 5:00pm to drive to Cedar Key (small fishing village), drink a beer and eat hot boiled shrimp while watching that same day's sun set out in the Gulf. <<<<-----credit to Harry Crews for coming up with the idea.
"...I'm the kind of guy who if he can't have too much of a thing doesn't want any at all."
GatorBuzz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 07:02 AM   #5
Recycles dryer sheets
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 221
There's a very nice park with a walking entrance about 200 yards from my house.

My house is surrounded by trees, so I feel like there is space around me, even though lot is < 1/2 acre.

Neighbors are nice, working class (like me)

Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham within 20-30 minutes (decent amount of activities, airport, etc)

Low crime rate
F-One is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 07:10 AM   #6
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Outtahere's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,677
I'm in New England. Right now I'm 20 minutes from the beach, 30 minutes from Boston with all it has to offer and 90 minutes from the mountians. I live on the outskirts of my city which to most is considered country but I'm only a 5 min drive away from stores, banks, the PO and the hospital. My family all live within 10 miles of me with my parents next door. Life is good here

Dogs aren't our whole lives, but they make our lives whole. - Roger Caras
Outtahere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 07:37 AM   #7
Recycles dryer sheets
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 62
Moved to Raleigh suburb last year from DC.
I agree with everything F-One said, except several of my neighbors are dual income professionals that LBYM.

Low crime rate means I don't worry about my teen's safety when he goes out with his friends. Good schools. Plenty of free activities to enjoy with my toddler.

Lots of parks/trails/lakes, a few within walking distance. Mild winters mean more time to enjoy the outdoors.

Two hours to the ocean - day trips with DH and kids.

Three distinct towns to explore.

Small mortgage, so I can w*rk PT, we save more, and soon DH can go PT as well. Instead of dreaming about semiRE we are actually planning for it!!
PBAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 07:43 AM   #8
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Sheryl's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 1,459
About Western Washington: 5 minutes to Salt water kayaking. <1 hour to North Cascades National Park (hiking, skiing, backpacking, canoeing). Beautiful scenery, many other parks and rec. opportunities. Good University and also Community College in town with many activities and events, as well as ability to take courses of interest. 1 hour to Vancouver and it's cultural opportunities, 90 mins. to Seattle, ditto. Nice weather once in a while.

About my house in particular: Nice big yard and garden, walk to supermarket (if I'm not lazy) great neighbors, nice old houses.
Sheryl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 07:49 AM   #9
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,322
I know the DC area is not popular but wife and I have found it great. We live in the outer suburbs and since I don't have to fight the rush hour commute (a huge problem in DC) I can pick and choose when I go into the city. Once there we have our choice of the finest of everything, restaurants, free museums, free outdoor concerts, ethnic festivals, or just walking around historic places in DC and Old Town Alexandria.

But what we enjoy the most is being able to walk out our back door down to our dock and get into our kayak or small sailboat. And if we want more action we go to our larger sailboat on the Potomac where we can sail locally or down to the Chesapeake and beyond.

It's a four season climate and summers can be hot and muggy but only for a couple of months. And even then there are usually t-storms to cool the evenings off. Winters don't have a lot of snow but then we usually leave in the winter.

Plus we are close to some of the best health care in the country and reasonably close to beaches in Virginia and Maryland, to mountains in West Virginia or the Smokies in Tennessee.

Housing is a bit pricey, though, and we could not afford to move here if we didn't already live here. In fact, I have a ten year plan and will have to move to a cheaper area within ten years to make our ER money last.
FinallyRetired is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 08:03 AM   #10
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,005
Another Raleigh-ite here (lifelong resident). 4 seasons, but nice not-too-hot weather about 3/4 of the year. Good parks, good schools, low property taxes given the great services we get. Traffic isn't bad 22 hours of the day. I'm able to live in an affordable working class neighborhood that is walkable and feels safe (with professionals LBYMing interspersed). Three great universities in town offering lifelong education for me, and great low-cost options for our daughters in about 16 years. A very well-educated citizenry is also nice to have.

All my family and DW's family lives here, so it works out really well since we have 2 very young kids.

I just took a 4 day weekend and we filled up one morning with walking to the library, getting some books, planning on playing tennis at the park adjacent to the library, then finding out the courts were completely in the sun. So we went back to the other park closer to home in our neighborhood and played on a shade-covered tennis court while our daughter crawled around. Then we went to try a local authentic thai/vietnamese buffet restaurant. Without ever leaving our neighborhood! One day when I no longer have to work, I look forward to many mornings like this.
justin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 08:16 AM   #11
Moderator Emeritus
Martha's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: minnesota
Posts: 13,211
Northern Minnesota on the edge of Lake Superior:

Pluses: Many beautiful parks with walking trails and cross country skiing trails right in town. Beautiful big lake. Lots of small lakes and rivers nearby for kayaking and canoing. Not at all crowded. Cool here close to the lake. (Today will be 65 to 70 near the lake, 85 away from the lake). Our flower gardens. Walking out the door and to the lake walk, which will take me all the way downtown. Family nearby. Our next door neighbors are nice. Housing in inexpensive. Farmer's market 5 blocks away. Grocery store is 3 blocks. Co-op less than a mile away.

Minuses: Winters are harsh, long and days are short. Snow removal. Summer is short--tulips are still blooming here and peonies are still just little hard round buds. I can't grow tomatoes. City is in financial trouble due to retiree medical benefits. Local economy struggles and wages are depressed. Housing prices have increased but are much lower than the coasts or large Midwest cities. Mosquitoes and black flies in summer. Too much fog. Clay soil. Our city is built on the side of a hill and bike riding is difficult. This weekend is marathon weekend and we will have trouble leaving our home and getting around. Tenants want the thermostat turned up too high even if I am having hot flashes. My best friends are 150 miles away in Mpls/St. Paul.

No more lawyer stuff, no more political stuff, so no more CYA

Martha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 09:10 AM   #12
Full time employment: Posting here.
bosco's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 987
Golden BC

Incredibly scenic, in the Columbia River valley between the Rockies and the Purcells. 20 minutes to Kicking Horse ski hill (4,000 ft vertical drop). Incredible hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and paragliding opportunities (I don't paraglide). Small town, friendly people. Lots of wildflife. 4 seasons.

The only minus is that it is nearly 3 hours from a major airport. Maybe that's why it's still a small, friendly town and why the ski area isn't overdeveloped yet.
bosco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 09:50 AM   #13
Full time employment: Posting here.
cantlogin's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Pocono Mtns.
Posts: 883
Four season climate. 90 minutes from Manhattan and Philadelphia. The birds, squirrels, deer, groundhogs, chipmunks, turkeys, bear and raccoons are my neighbors. Great roads for motorcycles.

Fantastic views of earth and sky.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_1814b.jpg (66.7 KB, 5 views)
cantlogin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 10:46 AM   #14
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
calmloki's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Independence
Posts: 5,086
Gee, can't think of anything to recommend western Oregon. Rainy autumns lead into soggy winters which are eventually supplanted by the soft rains of spring. Luckily we've started summer now, so it mostly only rains hard on the weekends, which does knock down most of the mosquitos if you stay out from under cover. The people here are solid stock, born of the common clay, which encrusts their lower torsos. The dining is fine, primarily consisting of whatever raw foods the young farmers can strain from the fields, and served by our young folk in all their hirsute beauty, leg hair brushed and gleaming. Our school system bows to no one, producing some 17% of all of the McDonald's waitstaff, as well as 12% of the coffee boilers that make the coffee found in 7-11s. Our bottle bill, which keeps the roads free of return-deposit bottles, provides another source of income for the work force. We do have lovely mountains and seascapes, which are identified by compass position, as the overcast and the fog obscure actual views of them. Still, I'm sure they are lovely, as there are artist's renderings on the web of what they might look like. Only reason I'm here is the dull thought seeping to the surface of my brain that urges that in a few decades the rest of the US will turn into desert.
calmloki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 11:19 AM   #15
Full time employment: Posting here.
bow-tie's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 687
Cons - Plenty hot and humid in the summer. Cold and snowy in the winter. The area east of us is turning into urban hell. Can only drive my Chevelle for about 6-7 months a year.

Pros - It's home, with family, and friends. Wouldn't trade it.
Diggin' my way to financial freedom, one buck-at-a-time
bow-tie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 11:39 AM   #16
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
lazygood4nothinbum's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 3,895
fort lauderdale. i'm ready for a change but if i was just arriving, really, what's not to like.
"off with their heads"~~dr. joseph-ignace guillotin

"life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages."~~mark twain - letter to edward kimmitt 1901
lazygood4nothinbum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 12:34 PM   #17
ziggy29's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 15,419
We moved to the Hill Country about an hour northwest of Austin last summer.

What do I like? The hills, the wide-open spaces, the abundance of deer, the amazing displays of spring wildflowers, small-town hospitality with friendly people, slower-paced living, mild winters, low crime rate, relatively low cost of living, no state income tax, being far enough away from the big city to not worry about it encroaching on us.

What I dislike? Brutally hot summers, the bugs, distance from airports and colleges, high property taxes and a crappy grocery store.

All in all we like it here very much. Even though I'm still working full-time I already feel partially FIRE'd just by finding the place off the beaten path where I think we want to spend the rest of our days.
"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)
ziggy29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 01:39 PM   #18
Full time employment: Posting here.
kaudrey's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Alexandria, Va
Posts: 857
I'm in the metro DC area also, so I'll start by repeating, with modifications:

Great variety of restaurants, free museums, free outdoor concerts, all kinds of festivals, hanging out in Old Town Alexandria, the many different neigborhoods of Arlington etc.

Let's see, to add to that: there are groups and events for any hobby you might have, great biking/running trails, I live 10 minutes from a major airport (and can get there by metro), it's a few hours to Shenandoah or the West Virginia mountains, it's a fun day trip to Annapolis or Baltimore, I can always find the indie/foreign films I like in theatres...

It's too far from the ocean for me (I'm used to living about 10-15 minutes away), and there's too much traffic (but I had that in CT/NY anyway), so overall, I love it here.
kaudrey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 01:41 PM   #19
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
FinanceDude's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 12,484
Pros: 4 Seasons, Summerfest, on a Great Lake, we have 17,000 lakes, and LOTS of bike trails.

Cons: High taxes, bad roads, mosquitoes!!
Consult with your own advisor or representative. My thoughts should not be construed as investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results (love that one).......:)

This Thread is USELESS without pics.........:)
FinanceDude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2007, 02:20 PM   #20
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
bbbamI's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Dallas 'burb
Posts: 8,968
North Texas....I like my abode because it's paid for and the neighborhood is quiet. Our area has become one of "the" best places to live ...we have a home in the older part of town where the lots are larger and there are actually mature trees.

No state tax, new hosptial, new library, new businesses and million dollar homes on the other part of town. They get the traffic, we don't.

I do like the mild winters, but I do miss the snow from time to time. Miss my family and friends...most have never left home.

There's no need to complicate, our time is short..
bbbamI is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How long do you really plan to live? JustCurious FIRE and Money 47 03-16-2007 06:56 AM
Live long enough to live forever (book) JJac Health and Early Retirement 10 11-25-2006 07:41 PM
Live Long? Die Young? Answer Isnít Just in Genes Eagle43 Other topics 6 08-31-2006 11:12 AM
Allow changing the 4% parameter in "Work Less, Live More" option? wasdana FIRECalc support 0 08-12-2006 08:41 AM
Forbes Mag: what it costs to live well farmerEd Life after FIRE 16 08-07-2005 05:51 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:55 AM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.