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Old 10-27-2016, 08:17 PM
 
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By this I mean the 20 somethings that ARE NOT in college or university anymore, meaning that avenue DOES NOT EXIST for making friends or anything.

Note: This does not relate to real estate as much as it does to American culture, please don't move thread.

I heard from a friend of mines that moved to NYC that he has made more friends and acquaintances there than he ever made in his college years. Now granted to be fair, even though we went to a big school in the south, it had a massive Greek Life scene and was largely loaded with upper middle class suburban kids who were extremely shallow. If you weren't on the football team or in a higher status fraternity, you were going to have a very rough time making friends. The kids that weren't involved in sports or Greek Life were extremely studious and didn't want the big social life so they kept the social life more low key. None of the partying, large social gatherings, or any of that.

My friend in NYC claims that he has had an amazing social experience there. He lives in an apartment building where there seems to be this sort of community like feel, almost college dorm like, for a lot of the residents. He says he goes to cafes in the neighborhood and he has made a few friends through there as well as through going to a few bars in the neighborhood frequently, friend is 26 btw.

Friend says that there is this sort of community like feel to where he is running into some people over and over again in his neighborhood, has been invited to rooftop pool parties, comes back home at night and runs into some girls that live in the same area as him, and says that this is more of a neighborhood that is designed for 20 somethings right out of college. He says that his social life is a lot better there than it ever was in university.

Are there really neighborhoods and apartment complexes in major cities that are like this?
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Old 10-28-2016, 10:52 AM
 
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There is definitely that type of lifestyle available in parts of Long Beach, California, though they aren't all 20-somethings-- in Long Beach, that kind of thing seems to continue well into the 30s. There is actually a new apartment complex that seems to have been built specifically to encourage that kind of community feel, but it also happens organically elsewhere.

I suspect, though do not know, that you could find that sort of thing anywhere there is a large concentration of "alternative"-minded young people. If they don't have kids or traditional jobs, they'll be more likely to continue on with a "hang out with friends" type of social life.
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Old 10-28-2016, 10:56 AM
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You don't need an apartment complex to meet people. Just live in an urban neighborhood...there ya go. Not everything is going to fall into your lap.
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Old 10-28-2016, 12:38 PM
 
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Well, come to think of it, yes, I believe there is such a complex.

Whatsit named again? Melrose something or other...Oh right, "Melrose Place" .

Hoppin' full with young, beautiful, hip, 20-somethings - all just as you've described.
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Old 10-28-2016, 02:34 PM
 
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Not all cities are created equal in that respect but would say cities besides NYC that offer environments similar would include Boston, Philadelphia, DC/Northern Virginia, Richmond, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo and other smaller medium sized cities with dense/well-established walkable neighborhoods where people tend to heavily utilize public transit.
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:23 PM
 
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You don't need an apartment complex to meet people. Just live in an urban neighborhood...there ya go. Not everything is going to fall into your lap.
Location does matter A LOT in regards to social life and meeting people.
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:28 PM
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Location does matter A LOT in regards to social life and meeting people.
Yes, but any big city will do. What I was saying is that you don't need an apartment complex specifically designed for that. Why manufacture it? All the cities kyle listed are great suggestions.

I'm 26 and have lived in 4 US cities...haven't had a problem in any of them. Reality is, that if you need what you were suggesting in your OP to meet people, you probably aren't going to meet anyone at all.
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:32 PM
 
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Yes, but any big city will do. What I was saying is that you don't need an apartment complex specifically designed for that. Why manufacture it? All the cities kyle listed are great suggestions.

I'm 26 and have lived in 4 US cities...haven't had a problem in any of them. Reality is, that if you need what you were suggesting in your OP to meet people, you probably aren't going to meet anyone at all.
I have a tough time buying that you had no problems.

Eitherways, what I suggested in OP can definitely help and I would love it if you stayed on topic rather than lecturing everyone on what they need or don't need.
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:35 PM
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I have a tough time buying that you had no problems.

Eitherways, what I suggested in OP can definitely help and I would love it if you stayed on topic rather than lecturing everyone on what they need or don't need.
Why is that? It really isn't that hard. Live in a walkable neighborhood of a dense city where you can use public transit, and you're all set. The type of thing you are suggesting sounds ready made for someone who does not know how to socialize.
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