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Old 11-06-2018, 03:09 AM
 
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For example: Mercer Island in Washington is quite peaceful and scenic, with single family homes, places to raise kids, ultra safe, and a strip mall or two. It feels removed from an urban environment, and yet it's really darn close a major city.

What are some other large cities that have nice suburbs which aren't in the "boondocks"?

A city where it's possible to slay dragons all day and to make it home to a spectacular suburb during rush hour in less than 30 minutes.
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:57 AM
 
Location: New York City
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I would say the Main Line outside of Philadelphia is one of the most well known examples of tony suburbs within a 30 min train ride or drive from the city.

Traffic may make drive longer though.
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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North Shore within Cook County, Chicago
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:58 AM
 
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For example: Mercer Island in Washington is quite peaceful and scenic, with single family homes, places to raise kids, ultra safe, and a strip mall or two. It feels removed from an urban environment, and yet it's really darn close a major city.

What are some other large cities that have nice suburbs which aren't in the "boondocks"?

A city where it's possible to slay dragons all day and to make it home to a spectacular suburb during rush hour in less than 30 minutes.
Mercer Island also has a nice little downtown with I'd guess around 1,000 newish apartments in walkable format. And it has decent express bus service plus an upcoming light rail station. Most of it's houses of course.

It's a nice bike loop by the way. Very curvy and tree-filled.
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Old 11-06-2018, 12:51 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I visited Baltimore, MD a couple of times. We drove straight down one road starting from the city itself, which makes things easier. It took us to the suburbs. As we traveled down the road, we noticed things became less urban gradually until it turned semi-rural.
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:55 PM
 
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Houston has "suburbs" such as the city of Bellaire and city of West University that are pretty nice and although separate cities are surrounded by the city of Houston. They developed independently but was meet by and swallowed by the city. The memorial villages are independent cities too but the lots are gigantic and some are heavily treed so it gives the area a more exurban feel even though they are surrounded on all sides by mid rises and business parks
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:25 PM
 
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I guess Chicago, most of the freeways radiate into the city and on top of that there are hundreds of trains that run all day long on 11 lines that radiate out ~50 miles into the suburbs.
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Old 11-07-2018, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Boston
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I visited Baltimore, MD a couple of times. We drove straight down one road starting from the city itself, which makes things easier. It took us to the suburbs. As we traveled down the road, we noticed things became less urban gradually until it turned semi-rural.
Thatís many streets in Baltimore. The border is physically 100% fluid since Baltimoreís borders are a straight line box with no corresponding physical. Series such as a road lake or anything. Roads are cut diagonally y from county and city. Also itís a reallly easy city to drive into but extremely limited rail into the city. I-83 is a marvel thoug.
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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The Pointes near Detroit. Leafy, quiet, wealthy and safe - and basically right next to downtown Detroit. 15-30 minute drive from downtown Detroit in rush hour traffic.
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:33 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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I visited Baltimore, MD a couple of times. We drove straight down one road starting from the city itself, which makes things easier. It took us to the suburbs. As we traveled down the road, we noticed things became less urban gradually until it turned semi-rural.
Sounds like York, Liberty, Bel air, Harford, Rt.40, or Reisterstown Rd..
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