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WRITERMOM2010 SparkPoints: (1,526)
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5/13/13 3:01 P

My ideal place... would be in a nice ranch house in the south. 4 bedrooms or so, with a nice yard for my kids and I to play in. I'd like somewhere in the Carolinas, Georgia, or Tennessee. I'm a warm weather type of person because I like being outside. I can't wait to be able to move

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,525
5/13/13 2:52 P

I would live in one of those mixed use apartment buildings. Where they have shopping on the first floor and apartments on the second. With town houses nearby. I would live in one of the town houses.

Or I would even like to live in a big city like Atlanta. I love warm weather.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 5/13/2013 (15:55)
MEANREDS92 Posts: 818
5/13/13 12:41 P

If money and moving time wasn't an issue, what would your ideal living location (city or countryside) include?

I would stay right here, in the house that I am currently living. I'm currently living with my parents, and we've had the house in the family since my dad was a toddler. It's home, and exactly where I belong. I'm unsure if I will be able to remain here, because I plan on joining the military and I'm not sure I could request to be assigned to the nearest base so that I can remain here, but that's my hope for the future.

Besides the fact that this has been my family's home for so long, I love where I live because:

-My city is a comfortable size city (117,000) I don't feel overwhelmed or underwhelmed like I do when visiting other cities/towns.

-It's a short drive to the county, which has tonnes of activities that you can't find in the city

- I don't have all of my family and friends near-by, but I do have most of my family and friends that I feel closest to, which is extremely important to me. Living on my own I found that I disliked the sense of feeling cut off from my world and the people I cared about weren't as easy to get ahold of when I lived hours away from them.

- There's plenty of cool things to do (as long as you have money/transportation) that I am interested in (theatre, cafes, museums/art galleries) and lot's of local community events that pop-up every few weeks.

- Plenty of volunteer activities (as long as you have access to a car, which I don't for the most part) in the city and in the surrounding county. I enjoy volunteering and supporting charity events, and the fact that these events are well advertised is always a bonus.

- Layout of the city makes sense. I lived in Toronto for eight months to attend school, and could not get the hang of navigating Toronto. I was forever getting lost because to me the layout didn't make sense. Streets didn't connect the way you expected them to, and the transportation system was much larger than my hometown's and I would have to do research on every trip outside of campus to make sure I knew where I was going, and would still get lost

I think that's mostly it, though they're pretty broad reasons. I think hands down THE most important part about finding your ideal living space is finding somewhere you *connect* to. There can be tonnes of exciting activities, even activities you enjoy, and you can have a great social circle and social life both at work/school and outside of that, but if you don't feel that deeper connection to the community around you, you're not going to be happy where you live. For me, it took getting away from the place I grew up to realize that's exactly where I want to put my roots down and really grow as a person.

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5/13/13 10:41 A

My ideal living space is anywhere with mountains & lots of room! I don't like cities & crowding & too many people & lots of traffic. :) I need fresh air & mountains to make me happy.

FAWNZIB SparkPoints: (10,643)
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5/12/13 11:53 P

by the beach....Hawaii

PARKERB2 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/12/13 7:50 P

a country girl I am. Give me wide open spaces.

ATHENA1966 Posts: 3,974
5/12/13 7:46 P

I would love to have a home on the beach in Florida. I have learned over the years that bigger is not better. I am in the military and about to move from San Diego to Portsmouth, Virginia. Who knows where we will ultimately end up.

BERRY4 SparkPoints: (268,203)
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5/12/13 7:36 P

Guess you would need to sit down & list your priorities...things that are important to you.

* do you want to grow or raise any of your own food?
* be aware of extreme weather situations (ie. tornados, flooding, hurricanes)
* simple lifestyle or one with "stuff"
* surrounded by people, or more rural in nature
* lots of space & building to maintain, or pay someone else to do that (ie. condos)

Small towns can have quite a bit of benefit to them. I enjoyed one when in college. I could walk from one end to the other in 10 min. It was considered the only "dry" town in OR--small but very liveable!

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
5/12/13 7:31 P

My family would be happier not living in a city at all. We would like a more rural home.

AMARANTHA120S Posts: 474
5/12/13 6:39 P

pretty much where I am but with a lot of cash to fix it up

MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,453
5/12/13 6:25 P

someplace alone

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5/12/13 6:16 P

Access to medical care is a huge consideration!

ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,207
5/12/13 6:09 P

We live up in the Sierra Nevada mountains, northern Calif., 2 hrs. away from any kind of decent restaurant, fast food, or any store with cheaper prices. Gas is $4.20 here, no matter what it is elsewhere. Husband has serious medical condition, so we have to drive 3 hrs. to get to the transplant hospital for checkups, every other month, blood tests have to be done there, too, because they won't accept the ones done at the small hospital lab up here. Snow and icy winters, use a woodstove and a propane heater to keep the house warm. Was nice when we were young, scenic, lovely views of mountains, green valley, but, service wise, you are stuck eating at home if you want something good and clean. So, we are moving to Texas in 2 months, to be near family, grandchild, and medical facilities. It will be great to only have to drive 5 miles to go shopping, friends!!!!

ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (414,038)
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5/12/13 5:49 P

New York City or Manhattan.
I would love to walk everywhere and not have to drive 5 miles just to get to a store.

JUNEAU2010 SparkPoints: (241,577)
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5/12/13 5:42 P

If I could afford it, Hawaii or anywhere where I could see the ocean from my house. Another option would be living somewhere where all my family also lived. (no family in the same time zone!)

5/12/13 5:36 P

In the country on a lake. Peaceful!

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5/12/13 5:02 P

Depending on where I was in my life would be taken into consideration. If I was single and wanted to meet a life partner I would pick more urban city (more choices) and also if I wanted a lucrative career as well. Ideally, if I was through with a career and already had the man of my dreams I would want a house with 3 acres on the San Juan Islands and watching the Orca whales from my balcony. It's beautiful there (been there) surrounded by water which I love and great hiking. No chain stores are allowed or fast food places. Only 3 hour by boat that will take your car as well to Seattle Washington or Victoria Canada. I love nature but want to be able to be close enough to city life occasionally and this place fits the bill. It would be so nice to live someplace without a McDonalds on every corner.

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5/12/13 4:19 P

An apartment in a big city, definitely. I've lived in rural (VERY rural) places all my life, and right now I live the furthest I've ever been away from town: about a 30-minute drive out. The quiet of living in the country is nice, but I'd just love to live somewhere where things aren't more than five minutes away.

FAITHP44 Posts: 8,714
5/12/13 3:36 P

Well, it's got to be overlooking the sea, with a small easy to maintain garden (or, since money is no object, I could have a gardener.) I'd like a balcony so I can sit out and see the sea. And it needs to have the shops in easy reach - at least for grocery shopping.

JEN_IN_CA Posts: 1,179
5/12/13 3:36 P

somewhere out West! emoticon

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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5/12/13 1:27 P

I lived in a city (Chicago) for a good amount of time, so at this point, I'd rather live in the country in a pretty white house, and I'd like it to be a small farm with chickens, goats, a few horses, a couple dogs. Since money is no object I'm assuming I wouldn't have to work, so I would have the time to take care of all of that :) I currently live in a subdivision, but it's in the country so I'm almost there... just no animals other than a dog.

SCAREWALDORF SparkPoints: (0)
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5/12/13 12:37 P

So, I'm considering moving to a new city. I've been in the current one for around four years and I'm just wondering if my initial thought of moving to a different part of the city is not as good as moving city altogether.

My question is: If money and moving time wasn't an issue, what would your ideal living location (city or countryside) include?

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