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In What Sort Of Place Would You Like To Live?  
User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8765 posts, RR: 42
Posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

Hi all,

I tried finding an answer to this question:

In What Country You Would Like To Live? (by Avianca Aug 19 2010 in Non Aviation)

but have to admit that I couldn't find one. Instead, I stumbled upon a couple of qualities I'd look for if I could move anywhere I want. I'd like to live somewhere that...

...is close to a large body of water, ideally fresh water that's fit for swimming
...has a moderate climate with snow in the winter
...offers good public transportation - I like cars, but more for leisure than for daily transport
...is full of people from all over the world and e.g. their food  
..."functions", i.e. no big problems with poverty, crime and urban decay
...has a reputation for hospitality

I can't help thining of the Great Lakes region... or perhaps Berlin if I can put up with the locals.

So what would you look for in a future home town?


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User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2692 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2394 times:

Quoting aloges (Thread starter):
...is close to a large body of water, ideally fresh water that's fit for swimming
...has a moderate climate with snow in the winter
...offers good public transportation - I like cars, but more for leisure than for daily transport
...is full of people from all over the world and e.g. their food  
..."functions", i.e. no big problems with poverty, crime and urban decay
...has a reputation for hospitality

People are probably going to criticize me for saying this, but it sounds like the New York area would fit the bill for all of your conditions with the exception of the last one (and this really depends on how sensitive you are and what you define as "hospitality".

- Moderate climate? Check. Snow in the winter? Check (at least most of the time...)
- Good public transportation. Check. Extensive trains into the suburbs, comprehensive subway system (functional although admittedly shabby in areas) in Manhattan. Check.
- Full of people from all over the world and their food. Huge check.
- "Functions". For the most part, yes....poverty and crime have improved significantly in the city in recent years, and the surrounding suburbs are generally very nice.
- Hospitality. Questionable, at best, depending on your standards.


User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8765 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2385 times:

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 1):
it sounds like the New York area would fit the bill

I thought about that area as well and it's certainly a favourite... small wonder, really.

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 1):
for all of your conditions with the exception of the last one

I've only been there once, alas, but I remember one scene that still makes me grin: I was inside the South Street Seaport Museum when a group of elementary school pupils/students arrived. They behaved better than I thought they would, so when one of them said the following, I had to turn away to hide my laughter: "We've got to be nasty! True New Yorkers are NASTY!" That wasn't a bad tone to set.   



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7966 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2371 times:

Since there's no perfect location, I think I need three homes. Decent as I am. 

1) For a vibrant, yet calming area with residential buildings from the Wilhelminian-/Grünerderzeit-Aera with perhaps some art nouveau stile thrown in, nice little shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants and good public transport:
A flat between Kollwitzplatz and Helmholtzplatz, Prenlauer Berg, Berlin.

2) I have a weak spot for water, dunes, seagulls, seals and lighthouses. Hence, I wouldn't say no to a small house at say: Sylt's Ellenbogen.

3) While I do like fluffy white snow, I could actually do without winter, not to mention that snow and cities don't mix well. I'd rather spend most winters at a warmer place, and since I like the mediterranean lifestyle, the good food, the architecture and palms, perhaps a place on Elba, Italy (1, 2) would be the right place? It's an island which would come as added bonus.

By the way: as always no jackpot for me this Saturday.  



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User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3377 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2363 times:

Look at Thomas Kinkade's paintings. I'd certainly like to live somewhere like those cottages are.

Cottages

I must admit, I like the winter ones better. There's something about homes, isolated, in a snowy scene, that makes me want to be there.

[Edited 2010-08-21 16:21:48]


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User currently offlinejohns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 956 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2350 times:

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 1):
it sounds like the New York area would fit the bill for all of your conditions with the exception of the last one (and this really depends on how sensitive you are and what you define as "hospitality".

New York doesn't have a large body of FRESH water...

Here are my wants--
All 4 seasons but not a harsh winter or sweltering, humid summer.
Midsize (30-100K) city with some culture and a good hospital (university town?).
Lots of hiking, hunting and fishing around.
Mountains or seaside is an added plus.
Low cost of living
Beleive it or not, Bangor, ME might fit the bill.


User currently offlinemarsciguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 549 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

Quoting johns624 (Reply 5):
New York doesn't have a large body of FRESH water...

Here are my wants--
All 4 seasons but not a harsh winter or sweltering, humid summer.
Midsize (30-100K) city with some culture and a good hospital (university town?).
Lots of hiking, hunting and fishing around.
Mountains or seaside is an added plus.
Low cost of living
Beleive it or not, Bangor, ME might fit the bill.

From your conditions, Bangor WOULD fit the bill... Central to Northern NH might too...

As for me, I'd take all of your conditions except change out the midsize city bit and say a mid-sized city with a hospital within an hours' drive.



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User currently offlineasuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2373 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

Quoting aloges (Thread starter):
Hi all,

I tried finding an answer to this question:

In What Country You Would Like To Live? (by Avianca Aug 19 2010 in Non Aviation)

but have to admit that I couldn't find one. Instead, I stumbled upon a couple of qualities I'd look for if I could move anywhere I want. I'd like to live somewhere that...

...is close to a large body of water, ideally fresh water that's fit for swimming
...has a moderate climate with snow in the winter
...offers good public transportation - I like cars, but more for leisure than for daily transport
...is full of people from all over the world and e.g. their food  
..."functions", i.e. no big problems with poverty, crime and urban decay
...has a reputation for hospitality

I can't help thining of the Great Lakes region... or perhaps Berlin if I can put up with the locals.

So what would you look for in a future home town?

Actually the Washington D.C./Northern Virginia area sounds perfect for you.

I think my ideal place is San Diego, CA.

- Nice weather
- Moderate cost of living
- Close to major body of water


User currently offlinejohns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 956 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 4 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2318 times:

Quoting marsciguy (Reply 6):
mid-sized city with a hospital within an hours' drive.

If I was younger, that would be fine. However, I'm in my early 50's and my wife and I are looking for somewhere to retire. We;re in great health now but if something should happen in the future, one hour could be a death sentence.


User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2908 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2304 times:

Quoting aloges (Thread starter):

...is close to a large body of water, ideally fresh water that's fit for swimming
...has a moderate climate with snow in the winter
...offers good public transportation - I like cars, but more for leisure than for daily transport
...is full of people from all over the world and e.g. their food
..."functions", i.e. no big problems with poverty, crime and urban decay
...has a reputation for hospitality

Chicago probably fits your bill better than New York.

...The city is prominently situated on Lake Michigan - it doesn't get much larger or fresher than that!

...The climate isn't exactly "moderate", but you'll see plenty of snow in the winter!

....Excellent public transportation - the el can get you all around the city, and then you have the metra trains to the suburbs.

...Lots of immigrant communities, especially from Eastern and Southern Europe. If you like Polish or Greek food, Chicago can't be beat!

...Chicago is probably one of the cleaner and safer cities in the country - I'm assuming you aren't planning to live deep on the Southwest side, but rather the North Side or the Loop.

...Midwestern hospitality is legendary!

Plus, in addition to your criteria, you have great sports atmosphere - you can't beat a summer day at Wrigley, though a bitterly cold game at Soldier Field really shows the city's true colors well. You've got great beaches, parks, and world class shopping on Michigan Ave. For the nightlife, take your pick between Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, and the Loop itself. No shortage of museums and fine culture either. Then you have flights to virtually every major city in the world from ORD/MDW - every a.netter's wet dream!



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User currently offlinewaterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (4 years 4 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2247 times:

Quoting johns624 (Reply 5):
Here are my wants--
All 4 seasons but not a harsh winter or sweltering, humid summer.
Midsize (30-100K) city with some culture and a good hospital (university town?).
Lots of hiking, hunting and fishing around.
Mountains or seaside is an added plus.
Low cost of living
Beleive it or not, Bangor, ME might fit the bill.

My brother lived in Asheville, NC for 5 years, and in the time I spent there visiting I'd say that city fits your needs to a T. Occasional snow in winter, usually mild, and a very pleasant summer because it's in the mountains. The city has a thriving cultural scene with some great art, music, and most importantly beer and food. Plenty of hiking in the nearby Appalachians, and there are lots of hunters in the area. It's also a relatively low cost of living vs. any of the large east coast cities. Great place, I'd love it too but I need to be in a larger city.


User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (4 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2197 times:

Chicago is great. But:

It can get really cold up there Dec-Mar. And you can have a LOT of snow!
It is a really expensive place to live. Not like NY or London, but housing is very expensive.

You are right about the availability of various foods. If it can be made, you can find it in Chicago.
Chicago has some great hospitals all over the region.
There is always something to do in Chicago, if you have the money.


User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2195 times:

I'd like to live in a place:

That allows you to sit on the deck of your house and look upon snow capped mountains.
Has a decent, not overpriced cost of living.
Has decent healthcare providers.
Has an international flair to it concerning food and people.
The natives are friendly.


User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7389 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (4 years 4 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2169 times:

I'd live somewhere with loads of natural wilderness, preferably without snow with enough land to grow my own produce/be self sustainable with a decent stretch of very quiet sealed road to blast off to the city when I need a dose of the high life.

I like the tropics as well.


User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9268 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (4 years 4 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2162 times:

Quoting asuflyer05 (Reply 7):
Quoting aloges (Thread starter):
Hi all,

I tried finding an answer to this question:

In What Country You Would Like To Live? (by Avianca Aug 19 2010 in Non Aviation)

but have to admit that I couldn't find one. Instead, I stumbled upon a couple of qualities I'd look for if I could move anywhere I want. I'd like to live somewhere that...

...is close to a large body of water, ideally fresh water that's fit for swimming
...has a moderate climate with snow in the winter
...offers good public transportation - I like cars, but more for leisure than for daily transport
...is full of people from all over the world and e.g. their food
..."functions", i.e. no big problems with poverty, crime and urban decay
...has a reputation for hospitality

I can't help thining of the Great Lakes region... or perhaps Berlin if I can put up with the locals.

So what would you look for in a future home town?


Actually the Washington D.C./Northern Virginia area sounds perfect for you.

True, but the huge negative thing is that it's extremely expensive to live there! $1,000-plus per month plus utilities for a studio apartment?!

My ideal place is actually the greater Philly area, which is where I am living right now.

I am in a suburb, with access to public transportation (SEPTA's Exton station on the R5 is just down the hill from me. It's close to my job (about 300 yards away), close to a shopping center, close to the PA Turnpike.

The downside to where I am living, jobs are NOT plentiful here, and trashy people keep moving in...



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User currently offlinedragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3995 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 4 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2154 times:

Quoting johns624 (Reply 5):
New York doesn't have a large body of FRESH water...

Aren't the finger lakes fresh water lakes? And Im pretty sure lake champlain is a fresh water lake.

[Edited 2010-08-22 16:41:11]


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User currently offlinejohns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 956 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 4 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2145 times:

Quoting dragon-wings (Reply 15):
Aren't the finger lakes fresh water lakes? And Im pretty sure lake champlain is a fresh water lake

And neither one is anywhere near New York City. Just because they are in the same state means nothing. I could tell someone how beautiful Isle Royale NP is and that they should move to DTW because they are both in Michigan, but in reality they are 600 miles apart.


User currently offlinemarsciguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 549 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 4 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2138 times:

Quoting johns624 (Reply 8):
johns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted Sat Aug 21 2010 22:19:10 your local time (22 hours 26 minutes 38 secs ago) and read 178 times:

Quoting marsciguy (Reply 6):
mid-sized city with a hospital within an hours' drive.

If I was younger, that would be fine. However, I'm in my early 50's and my wife and I are looking for somewhere to retire. We;re in great health now but if something should happen in the future, one hour could be a death sentence.

I understand that - the 1 hour bit was for where I would love to live - and will live - in anywhere from 6-8 months to a couple of years - Sandwich, NH or the couple towns nearby...a couple small-medium cities of 15k to 30k within 45 minutes (Laconia, Conway) and several more over 5k.



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User currently offlinedragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3995 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 4 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2109 times:

Quoting johns624 (Reply 16):
And neither one is anywhere near New York City.

True. But you did not say anything about New York City. You said

Quoting johns624 (Reply 5):
New York doesn't have a large body of FRESH water...



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User currently offlinejohns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 956 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 4 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2081 times:

Quoting dragon-wings (Reply 18):
True. But you did not say anything about New York City. You said

Maybe you should read the post that I was replying to.


User currently offlinefridgmus From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1442 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (4 years 4 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2070 times:
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