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Old 12-08-2014, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I'm a lifelong suburbanite and have no desire to change that. It's really the perfect balance for me. I get the amenities of a larger metro area, but don't have to deal with inner city problems. Recreation is also really nice. I can have a much larger house than I would in the inner city.

The country...eh. I would totally live on a ranch in CO or WY, but I prefer to not be on a septic tank.
Yeah, I like living in the country, except for the mice. I hate mice.

If you build it they will come...

I had no problems with my septic tank. The well was another story. As were the nosy neighbors. I like a town big enough where I can go shopping and not bump into anyone I know, as opposed to the entire town knowing what I bought at the store. "So, heard you had pizza last night and I saw Joe's truck in your driveway. You two an item now?"

Ahhhhhh!
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:05 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I prefer living in a rural area (ideally without any neighbors even visible), but I love to visit large cities. I enjoy the challenge of being able to function well in both worlds. It's fun to visit a place like Chicago, take the subway, and know that I might be the only person on the train who was shoveling manure or hauling corn to the grain elevator just a day or two ago.

I might not be overly well-traveled in the traditional sense, but my life experiences are about as varied as anyone's. One bad side effect is that I get annoyed with people, both urban and rural dwellers, who are completely ignorant/afraid of the "other" way of living.
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:23 AM
 
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Yeah, I like living in the country, except for the mice. I hate mice.

If you build it they will come...

I had no problems with my septic tank. The well was another story. As were the nosy neighbors. I like a town big enough where I can go shopping and not bump into anyone I know, as opposed to the entire town knowing what I bought at the store. "So, heard you had pizza last night and I saw Joe's truck in your driveway. You two an item now?"

Ahhhhhh!
Agreed.

I also like to be on natural gas heat. Heating is an issue in the countryside.
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Agreed.

I also like to be on natural gas heat. Heating is an issue in the countryside.
Oh, I love natural gas heat. So hard to find nowadays unless you get into an older building out here. Here, they update the old buildings and convert them all to electricity - the worst heating, IMO.

In the country it was either propane or wood for me.
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Old 12-08-2014, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I grew up in a small town of about 1,000 people in the Ozarks of Arkansas. I loved living there but it wasn't for me as an adult. I'm gay and I would never have the social life I wanted in my hometown. Plus, there were very few jobs.

I crave a balance between city and nature. I wouldn't want to live without both. But if forced to choose only one, it would be living in a place with nature all around. When I retire, I could see possibly living in Flippin, AR again. I could never be happy in a place like New York City. Great for visiting but it would drive me crazy.
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