Originally Posted by Mr._Graybeard
Here's the side of a short commute that I didn't like: to live near a place where I could earn a big-city salary, I'd have had to put up with lack of privacy, crappy neighbors, noise, high real estate values, high taxes to pay for city services, crime. Fifty minutes from my workplace (where homeless people were camped out in the parking garage) I was way outside the tension zone. Worth the travel time, IMO.
Exactly. I like making big-city money, but I don't like big-city (or even suburb) living. I'm willing to take a 50 minute drive each way to live where I want.