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Old 08-23-2010, 10:50 PM
 
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This has been weighing heavily on my mind lately. I have come to love where I live. When I first moved to the DC area 21 years ago, I HATED it! But now that I am in Vienna and raising a family, I find I like it quite a lot. The people are nice. They are educated. It's not too snobby and not too low-class. My biggest complaints are the expensive housing, the traffic, and the cold winters. But if I were to list my wish list, Vienna has about 80% of what I want on it.

Having said all that, we might be in a position to move in the not-to-distant future and when I visit other places and compare it to where we live now, I realize how good I have it here. I always thought I would love living down south, but I really don't know any more. If we could warm up the winters, make the beach closer, lose some of the traffic, and make more cute walkable downtowns, Northern Virginia would be perfect!
Great post. I never "hated" it when I got here, but would agree that I love about 80% of it.
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Long Island, baby.
Long Island, NY? Why do you say that? I'm curious because we had a chance to move up there recently and turned it down. Many of the towns were gorgeous, i will admit - right on the water with beautiful yachts. But the expense and the traffic plus the inconvenient location - getting on and off the island seemed like such a pain - really turned us off. What do you like about it so much?
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:32 PM
 
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I'm a tech and now work 100% from home - I'll be leaving NoVA soon, everything is way too expensive here and the residents are all snobbish and unpleasant without actually having the virtues of excellence or high productivity to back up the attitude. My next stop will likely be somewhere between Charlottesville and Blacksburg - Virginia as a state is a really nice place to live, the weather is temperate, there are four genuine seasons, and the land is beautiful. (Jefferson didn't end up in Monticello by accident.) The state is rich in history and has a diverse economy and people talk with that lovely Southern accent. Outside of NoVA it's conservative enough that you can live well outside liberal BS saturation zones.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:17 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Jefferson didn't end up in Monticello by accident.
Since he was born at Shadwell and grew up in Albemarle County it's no real surprise he stayed in the area.

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the residents are all snobbish and unpleasant without actually having the virtues of excellence or high productivity to back up the attitude.
I think you're overgeneralizing just a bit. Not too many snobs down here where Washington ended up.
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:01 AM
 
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If I still needed to work:
Houston or San Antonio, TX- I'm nervous about really big cities but the job market in TX seems decent and housing is cheap (since I'll likely rent forever)
Don't count out Dallas (unless, of course, you can't stand the Cowboys, either *heh*). From visiting relatives there, it seems that a decent enough home in many of their exurbs - e.g. McKinney, Allen, Frisco - can be for as little as the low $100s with a reasonable commute to Plano, a more "master-planned" version of Tysons Corner.
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Don't count out Dallas (unless, of course, you can't stand the Cowboys, either *heh*). From visiting relatives there, it seems that a decent enough home in many of their exurbs - e.g. McKinney, Allen, Frisco - can be for as little as the low $100s with a reasonable commute to Plano, a more "master-planned" version of Tysons Corner.
Tone509, I hate all of their sports teams starting with the Cowboys. Plus it would be a little too close to family for comfort.
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:28 AM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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Long Island, NY? Why do you say that? I'm curious because we had a chance to move up there recently and turned it down. Many of the towns were gorgeous, i will admit - right on the water with beautiful yachts. But the expense and the traffic plus the inconvenient location - getting on and off the island seemed like such a pain - really turned us off. What do you like about it so much?
Hehe.. I was just being silly, mostly (trying to come up with a place that was even more densely populated and traffic-filled than NoVA, and LI came to mind). Some of the less densely populated places towards the far (away-from-NYC) end wouldn't be that bad, though, but I think you'd have to have a way to teleport yourself on and off the island.. Trying to drive from, say, Montauk to NYC on on a regular basis wouldn't really be feasible, I'd think.
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:43 AM
 
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Phoenix, but since the wife won't move back there, it's San Diego. Three and a half more years here then headed to SoCal.
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Okay, I understand. I didn't think LI would be your cup of tea based on earlier posts of yours, but parts of it are beautiful so I wasn't sure. That was our major problem with it - leaving LI is a royal pain. That, and I didn't want my kids to grow up with a NY accent.

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Hehe.. I was just being silly, mostly (trying to come up with a place that was even more densely populated and traffic-filled than NoVA, and LI came to mind). Some of the less densely populated places towards the far (away-from-NYC) end wouldn't be that bad, though, but I think you'd have to have a way to teleport yourself on and off the island.. Trying to drive from, say, Montauk to NYC on on a regular basis wouldn't really be feasible, I'd think.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Where should I begin?

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-Winchester, VA (technically not considered "NoVA" just yet)

Yep. I can't wait to move out of Reston someday. There's lots of places I'd rather be than in an HOA.
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