Do you like where you live?

Paviche

Duuuuude.
Joined
Oct 5, 2009
Messages
1,297
Likes
0
Points
36
Location
Aurora, CO
#21
This house: I like this house a lot. I wish we had a real yard instead of a large patio, but otherwise it's a very nice place in a quiet little neighborhood. It's a townhouse, but we don't share walls with anyone, which is great. The only thing I'd change is that I wish it had air conditioning. It's disgustingly hot in the summer. I kept a thermometer in my bedroom for a long time and it was regularly 90° in my room over the summer.

This city: No thanks, although I don't hate it as much as some people. I lucked out that my house is in kind of a secluded little area. I've lived two other places in this city: the first one was okay, and the second one was directly located at the intersection that had the highest drug activity in the city. It was dirty, people were loud and rude, and it didn't feel particularly safe. In a broader scope, I like living in the Denver metro area okay, but there are too many people. Way too many people. I think my ideal spot would be somewhere between rural and suburban. Semi-rural. Open, more land, less population density, but not *super* far from stores and amenities.

This state: Love it. It's my home. I wish it didn't get so hot in the summer, and I wish it was less expensive, but otherwise I wouldn't change anything. I would like to live in the New England area for a while someday, but I think I'll always end up back here.
 

Laurelin

I'm All Ears
Joined
Nov 2, 2006
Messages
30,963
Likes
3
Points
0
Age
33
Location
Oklahoma
#22
Not really?

Pros:
- Cost of living. I can own my own nice home and have money to spare which is nice
- Close to family. I really did miss them lots when I lived far away. Right now they're in a town close by but it's far enough. I get to see my nieces lots
- Job is here. Definitely a plus.
- Dog people here are cool. I LOVE my agility club, it's so much better than the options in Texas
- less traffic than other areas I live in

Other than that though...

I don't like:
- weather. Summers are hotter than hot. Fall is nice. Spring is full of hail storms and tornados. Winters are ok. I like snow. Plus now we have earthquakes all the time
- No mountains :(
- Nowhere near as much to do as other areas (museums, art, etc)
- No beaches
- While I consider myself to be fairly conservative it can get really really conservative here
- I feel like you only meet people here through church groups. And church groups are like THE social life people have. I'm religious but I still wish there were more options for single folk.
- It's pretty boring. No one is all gung-ho about oklahoma lol

I feel like I should live in Wyoming or maybe Colorado. Or even British Columbia. I really loved visiting those places and could have stayed forever. Somewhere with mountains and wildlife.
 

Southpaw

orange iguanas.
Joined
Jul 31, 2005
Messages
7,788
Likes
1
Points
38
Age
29
Location
Minnesota
#23
Overall I like where I live. The city itself, not so much, I'm looking at houses to buy and it would have to be PERFECT in order for me to want to stay in this particular city.

But I (generally) love the weather, the many parks and lakes, if I have anything positive about my specific location in the state then I love the location of my 'burb - close to the cities, close to the middle of nowhere, easy access to most of the major highways and a Target and a mall nearby :cool:
 

crazedACD

Active Member
Joined
Mar 13, 2012
Messages
3,048
Likes
0
Points
36
Location
West Missouri
#24
I've lived in Massachusetts, Florida, Texas, and now I'm in Missouri.

I lived in Massachusetts the longest, when I was growing up and moved back there for 6 years. I don't like it. It's expensive, it's cold, it's the Northeast. I think Massachusetts lacks...character or something, I can't define it.

Florida was too congested. Weather was good, but everyone lived on top of each other and you couldn't get anywhere without sitting in traffic. I liked Texas but had a hard time finding a better paying job.

I'm living in Missouri now, which is something I wouldn't have ever considered if I didn't get the job here. I'm pretty much in the middle of Kansas City and Joplin. I love it but I'm living on a huge property in the middle of nowhere. I do think there is a drug/meth problem in the closest larger town (Nevada MO) but it's not a terrible area. There was a documentary just released on Netflix about the poverty in this area (it's called Rich Hill). There aren't a ton of well paying jobs, but I don't perceive it to be as bad as the documentary suggests. It's primarily a farming community and lots of Amish and Mennonites. I do wish there was more dog stuff.
The weather has been pretty great, the winter was so mild. I'm not sure what to think about tornado season yet, so ask me when that is over? :)
 

JacksonsMom

Active Member
Joined
Nov 1, 2009
Messages
8,694
Likes
0
Points
36
Location
Maryland
#25
I'm very 'meh' about Maryland. I have no like no 'state pride' really. lol.

BUT, it's not a 'bad' place to live... we have mountains, beaches, lots of water, lots of history, 3 major cities real close... Baltimore, DC and Annapolis, so lots of jobs, lots of parks and trails, etc... I honestly find that I don't even utilize what's right in front of me lol. I very much dislike driving into DC or Baltimore. Parking sucks. DC confuses me. Traffic stresses me out. So I just don't do it, like ever.

Weather is hit or miss. Our winters have kind of sucked lately. Super cold temps and the snow storms are annoying because they quickly turn into slush and/or freezing rain. But I hear of other places who have it a lot worse so I feel like I can't complain much. Summers can get pretty hot.

It's getting too congested in so many areas. I hate driving around here (Annapolis area). But I get both sides which is nice as my dad lives on the Eastern Shore (which is over the Bay Bridge) and it's like crossing into another dimension. Lots of folks live over there and commute over bridge for work. It's a lot more chill, less traffic (however in the summer coming from the western shore over the bridge to eastern shore is hell on weekends due to beach traffic), it's cheaper, lots of outdoorsy things to do, more 'country', more land, more rednecks (lol), definitely very conservative, and then it's like... cross the bridge and go into liberal land. I'm an inbetweener type person anyway so I guess it works out I get both sides. :p


Maybe it's just because I've lived here my whole life but I don't find it all that special. I mean, I guess there is a lot of stuff to do, if you take advantage of it. Maybe I would leave and then really miss MD. Who knows. The main thing keeping me here now is my family. Weather-wise, I prefer the west coast. I'd probably be like in Cali, Seattle or Oregon or something if I had no worries in the world, no family here, etc.

I'm such a mix of a country / city girl. I love having some land, and privacy, but I also like being close to things (i.e. stores, malls, food places, etc). I could NEVER live somewhere that had the nearest grocery store an hour away or anything like that. But I also could never live in a place like NYC for longer than a few months probably.
 

JessLough

Love My Mutt
Joined
May 16, 2009
Messages
13,404
Likes
2
Points
38
Age
29
Location
Guelph, Ontario
#26
Meh. I don't hate it, don't necessarily love it. I'm tired of it, though. I'm moving to the other side of the province soon, so that should help.

I like Ontario and will probably always live within it. It'd be nice if it'd lose the bsl.
 

Locke

Active Member
Joined
Oct 27, 2010
Messages
1,919
Likes
0
Points
36
#27
I like my house, I like my neighbourhood, and surrounding area, but I am not overly fond of the city I live in. I like that it's diverse, but I just hate how busy and expensive it is.

I would love to move about an hour out of the city, on a bit of land, or at least own a bit of land out there to visit on weekends or holidays.

Ideally, I would move to the west side of the country. Mountains, mild weather, diverse, more relaxed. But it's even more freaking expensive then where I currently live.
 

k9krazee

Active Member
Joined
May 29, 2006
Messages
2,423
Likes
0
Points
36
Location
Michigan, USA
#28
I absolutely love the village that I live in---it's a "destination place", you have to know about it to make the effort to come here, it's off the beaten path but close to everything, with the work that I do I get to know a lot of people because it's so small, it's very dog friendly and rich with entertainment and good food.

The house we currently live in is also ideal. It's just big enough for us and has a guest bedroom for guests. My favorite part is the fenced in backyard--I don't know what we'd do without that. And the location....it's a very short commute (walk across the parking lot) to work.

I love Michigan and will probably never move somewhere else. There are four seasons, no dangerous wildlife, it's just a short drive to vacation in northern Michigan.

I just need to make more of an effort to visit lots of places with mountains and beautiful scenery.
 

oakash

Kat/Oak AKA The Nice One
Joined
Jul 8, 2009
Messages
3,105
Likes
0
Points
36
Location
Florida
#29
I'm currently in Colorado, and I love it here. For being a snowy place, it really doesn't snow all that much, or at least it doesn't stick to the roads much. And I'm from Fl, so its not like I'm used to wintery conditions. I haven't been here through the summer, but I bet I'd love it just because its dry.

And the people here are nice. Generally athletic, health conscious people, which is a refreshing change from the south.
 

SaraB

New Member
Joined
Mar 31, 2011
Messages
5,798
Likes
0
Points
0
Location
St. Louis, MO
#30
Yes!! I absolutely adore St Louis. There's so much to do outdoors here, it's dog activity central and it's cheap to live here. Bonus, there's winter without horrible weather.
 
Joined
Jul 23, 2012
Messages
912
Likes
8
Points
18
Location
Texas
#31
I'm originally from near Indianapolis but now have been living in the suburbs of Houston for 2 years. No, I DON'T like it here for far too many reasons. I would much rather move somewhere else, especially some place more liberal and accepting. The amount of extreme conservatives in TX is annoying when you have the exact opposite beliefs as them. Also, the constant humidity is terrible, especially if you have curly hair like me. It's like 9 months of summer and 3 months of spring with 1 week of late fall, so it's basically either hot and humid or warm and humid. Once in a blue moon it is cool and rainy. The school system sucks and the standards and standardized tests change every year making schooling an even more of a hot mess. Everyone here sucks at driving (ever heard of a turn signal?). You can't walk anywhere, which is something I really want. The only good thing here is my house. I really like my house haha.

I plan/want to move to NYC. That way I can walk everywhere and take the subway or something and not deal with drivers. (and yes I know I'll be dirt poor haha) There's a big chance I won't like it, but there is an equally big chance I will. Might as well try something new?
 
Joined
Sep 6, 2014
Messages
540
Likes
0
Points
16
Location
Oregon
#32
I love Portland and Oregon in general! It has ALL the outdoors, a generally friendly community, and despite all the rain, I love the weather. It's hard for me to imagine living anywhere other than the PNW, and I don't know if I'll ever find a good enough reason to move.

Oh, and Portland is probably one of the most dog friendly cities I've ever been to, which is actually just the best.
 

Sweet72947

Squishy face
Joined
May 18, 2006
Messages
9,159
Likes
1
Points
38
Location
Northern Virginia
#33
No. I don't like living in this neighborhood. I don't like the urban environment. I walk my dog and see trash just everywhere. I don't understand why people just throw cans and bottles and whole containers of cake and bags from fast food places and smashed pieces of cars and even used condoms all over the place. There are trash cans out by the sidewalk for public use. But people are so lazy and disgusting and apathetic that they just toss stuff on the ground. Even bags of dog poop will be left on the ground NEXT to the trash can, or even sitting on the trash can RIGHT NEXT to the hole. Like wtf? Like, I know I live in a poorer area and stuff, but picking up after yourself really doesn't cost you anything. I should move to the landfill, it would be cleaner.

Northern VA as whole, it's ok I guess. The part that sucks the most is the godawful traffic you have to battle when you drive anywhere. Ideally I'd like to live in the country where I can have a nice, fenced in yard and be surrounded by nature and have nice walks through the unspoiled forest instead of walking down a sidewalk constantly scanning for debris that Norris might like to eat so that I can redirect his attention away from it. At least random wild animal poo would be less dangerous than a large thumb tack (thank God for the drop it command). I also wouldn't have neighbors nearby, so I wouldn't have to hear that chick screaming at her little boy all the **** time just for being a child. I did call CPS, I hope they investigate.

I want an SO who will join me in being a hermit with a pack of dogs. That would be nice.:D
 

CharlieDog

Rude and Not Ginger
Joined
Jan 31, 2008
Messages
9,419
Likes
0
Points
0
Location
Georgia
#34
I generally like it here. I live far enough south of Atlanta, that it's not a huge deal living so close to a big city like that, but not so far away that I can't drive to it for work/fun/whatever. The bad thing is almost all dog stuff is on the OPPOSITE side of Atl.

The other sucky part is one of the closer large cities is basically sprawling into the two towns I used to frequent a lot, and with that comes traffic, drugs, crime rates are higher, ect. I don't like that at all. I used to feel perfectly safe walking in the middle of the night with just my dog, but now I don't really feel like that anymore.

Ideally I want to move back to Colorado, or like, the Portland/Seattle area. My people are there.

If money wasn't an object, I'd move to Hawaii. Beaches, warm nice weather almost all year 'round, plus mountains there. They might not move your heart like the Rockies, but they are definitely big mountains. I hear the upper Northwest has that going for it too.

But I really really am not made for cold weather. Below 45ish and I freeze.
 
Joined
Mar 14, 2015
Messages
3
Likes
0
Points
0
Location
Arizona
#35
I live year round in Arizona. I used to live in Minnesota. Some people can't stand the Arizona summers, but it's a lot better than the Minnesota winters, it just takes a little getting used to. And let's not forget the beautiful Arizona winters (Unless you live in northern Arizona).
 

-bogart-

Member of WHODAT Nation.
Joined
Jun 9, 2008
Messages
3,192
Likes
0
Points
0
Location
South East Louisiana
#36
I live in Metro New Orleans. I love it and would not move for anything. Sure there is crime and drugs , but using ya brain you are safe enough. The history and ambiance makeup for everything. The river and swamps are breathtakingly beautiful.
 

RD

Are you dead yet?
Joined
Aug 1, 2004
Messages
15,572
Likes
0
Points
0
Age
30
Location
Ohio
#37
Not really.

I moved here from Mexico. I had missed living in the United States. People in my area kept asking why on earth I'd ever choose to move TO Ohio, and I never understood why because I was just so happy to be back.

Now that I've spent a few years here, I totally see that Northeast Ohio is depressing. A lot of people here seem very unhappy. Factories and retail are the primary employment opportunities until you get to the larger cities which are, unfortunately, far more expensive to live in.

Had I not attached myself to the people here (and truly I've never had friends like I have here - the good people I know here are the best) I'd have probably left already.
 

Dizzy

Sit! Good dog.
Joined
Sep 14, 2005
Messages
17,761
Likes
1
Points
36
Location
Wales
#38
Yeah I guess lol. I don't have much choice, this is where the business is based and this is where we have to live. Luckily it's pretty and we have an escape chalet on the beach (when it's nice enough.... Tends to rain. A. Lot.). I do miss having amenities near by, no restaurants or cinema or kooky places and bars to check out. Pretty much green, sheep and... Nope that's it.

But when the sun peaks out the sky, and the weather is pleasant, I can't imagine wanting to be anywhere else but here :)
 

noludoru

Bored Now.
Joined
Dec 22, 2006
Messages
17,830
Likes
8
Points
38
Location
Denver, CO
#39
LOVE IT.

I live within walking distance of the YMCA, the grocery, walgreens, etc. I live within 5-15 minute driving distance of EVERYTHING I could possibly want to go to, even a strip club. Almost all of our friends are nearby, so we can hang out with them on weekends AND weeknights. A rail line should be coming to within walking distance of us soon, so we'll be able to go downtown. I'm also a 5 minute drive from the mountains. IT'S AWESOME!

Oh, and my neighbors are cool. Relatively low rate of crime. Medium cost of living.
 

BostonBanker

Active Member
Joined
Jun 2, 2006
Messages
8,854
Likes
0
Points
36
Location
Vermont
#40
In theory, I guess. Vermont has changed so, so much in my life, and a lot of it hasn't been for the better. It's like a huge crowd of people decided to move here because the quality of life was so good, and then they promptly wanted to change it. Some for the "better" (instead of beautiful open farmland and fields, we now just have huge hideous fields of solar panels), some not (ridiculously high prescription drug abuse/opiate problems). Plus the cost of living went up exponentially, and the political climate has flipped.

I like the relatively easy distance to big cities (Montreal is about an hour; Boston 3 hours; NYC 6 or so). I like the lakes and mountains and hiking. I wish I had better access to agility (3 hour drive for lessons, any trial under 3 hours is a miracle). I wish I could afford my own place.

And I wish this stupid winter would hurry up and end!
 

Members online

No members online now.

Latest posts

Top