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Old 08-09-2013, 10:50 AM
 
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I hate the suburbs, and I would prefer my family (upper-middle class, children) to be living in an apartment/condo, in a city, in a building along with other families.

The problem? There seems to be a stigma attached to families living in condos/apartments in the US. If you're single, that's fine. DINKs? No problem. And as long as you have toddlers, it's passable. But once the kids are old enough to go to school, you are expected to move into a detached home, or your friends will think something is wrong with you. And this usually means a suburb. And so most families in most places live in suburbs. But I hate the suburbs.

Of course, in many places in Asia/Europe, millions of healthy, well-adjusted children are being raised in apartments (or condos), and they turn up just fine. But we Americans have this notion of moving to the suburbs, which of course ruins our society in many ways, but that's a different topic.

My question:
Other than NYC, are there any other walkable American cities/neighborhoods where many middle-class or upper-middle-class families live in apartments? Ideally we would be walk to go a grocery store, coffee shops, etc.

Thanks!
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:56 AM
 
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Actually, college towns may work, as they tend to be walkable and have decent public transportation for their size.

It may also be more of a matter of find the right fit for whatever you are looking for. So, it may be more common than people think it is.
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Why don't you buy a detached home in the city?
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Miami,FL
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midtown in Miami is good for that plenty of new lofts being built too. other places like that in the miami area is downtown Kendall, as well as coconut grove.
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:46 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Certain neighborhoods in San Francisco are very popular with upper-class families, for example Noe Valley, which has become Stroller Central. It has some single-family housing interspersed with apartments and condos, and a cute retail strip with -- what else? -- a Whole Foods, along with a bunch of non-chain stores and restaurants, including a VERY good bakery.

(You did specify "walkable," but not "affordable.")
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:51 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Places where affluent families live in apartments/condos/coops (or row houses) in walkable neighborhoods without stigma at all:

Chicago
Boston
Washington DC
Atlanta
NYC

I might also throw in Seattle and San Francisco, but these are two cities are notorious for their dearth of children, so that might factor into your decision one way or another.

The problem with these cities, as with many big cities, is that the public schools will be a crapshoot. But if you can find a private, parochial or charter school that makes you happy--or if you can finagle your way into a strong public school--then I'd say go for it.
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:08 PM
 
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My city of Louisville would work. I think Pittsburgh would too . . . Those are the ones that are actually super-affordable to
anyone. Any hi-$$$ city has places.
There are lots of cities, smaller ones I would opine, that would work for you and be very cheap, too
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:24 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Minneapolis (especially the Warehouse District and Downtown) or Portland.
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:13 PM
 
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My city of Louisville would work. I think Pittsburgh would too . . . Those are the ones that are actually super-affordable to
anyone. Any hi-$$$ city has places.
There are lots of cities, smaller ones I would opine, that would work for you and be very cheap, too
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Yeah, I'd say that Portland would qualify.
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