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Old 04-20-2012, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Soon To Be Philly
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I considered NYC and I can afford it but I don't want to spend that kind of money. I'd spend at least $2500-$3000/month for a place that I'd be happy with.

I still want to live in an urban area with nice entertainment. A city with at least 500,000 or more. Decent downtown and nic year around events.


I like lofts for my living space. Nearby water would be cool but not a must.


Where would you live? OR should I say, where could I live. I'm a single 38 y/0 male and I have no children.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:03 PM
 
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Chicago seems like the obvious choice if not NYC, and would place it in front of San Francisco anyway.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Chicago

Philadelphia

Then maybe one of the following: Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, New Orleans, maybe mid-town Atlanta (no water though), maybe parts of Houston? (never been to check it out, but suspect there might be some suitable neighborhoods despite the city's suburban rep). You're going to make some big compromises one way or another with any of the cities in this group.

Washington, Boston, LA, and even Seattle and Portland, are good, but they're going to be quite expensive.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:57 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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I'd probably pick Chicago or Philadelphia. Your lifestyle in these cities will pretty much be similar to your lifestyle in NY or SF. Seattle is great too, but it will definitely feel like a much smaller city compared to Chicago, SF, Philly, and especially NY.

LA, Boston, and DC are good choices, but they're pretty much just about as expensive as SF, and a little cheaper than NY.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:08 PM
 
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Chicago. I've already done SF and NYC, and sadly I cannot afford them either.

Maybe I would consider Seattle, but Seattle/Philadelphia/DC just don't have the same big city feel.

Chicago's cultural offerings are incredible, and its free stuff outdoors in the summer can't be beat anywhere. You can live well here at your age, with your salary.

I do miss the weather and diversity of SF terribly, and NYC... well, you know.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Tacoma, WA
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Santa Fe, NM. The only other SF I would live in.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Long Beach, California has some very nice neighborhoods. Close to LA without a lot of the BS

I've alwyas been a big Advocate of Pittsburgh. I love that city (SF feels like a combination of NYC and Pittsburgh anyway)

In NY, I like the small villages along the Hudson River and on Long Island.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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South Florida ha! ha!
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Cleveland rocks.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:37 AM
 
Location: In my view finder.....
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Philly
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