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Suburban vs. Country Living

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I have heard many an opionion about living in the suburbs. I myself have never lived in the suburbs but I have lived in the country.. and still we commuted for hours each day into the city. To prove that I was not living in the suburbs I will add that I lived on a small island, and commuted into a city on the mainland.

I would like to know what your choice would be if you had to choose between living in the country opposed to suburban living. Please give reasons for your choice. I am interested to hear opinions on this as I never hear mention of country living on any forums I visit!
 

Dan

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Depends on your definition of "country," I guess. It really depends on the landscape, the property, and the overall population density of the area.

If by "country" you mean rural upstate New York, on a 40 acre plot of wooded, hilly land with a fishing stream, where I can reach the suburbs of Buffalo or Rochester within a half hour ... maybe. If it means being miles from anyplace, like a flat spread of land in Wyoming or Montana ... probably not.

I'm a very social person, but underneath the surface I'm quite shy. Hard to explain, really ... I just like having the option to retreat into my own world, and I can do that in the city as well as the country.

FWIW, I live in the 'burbs ... a three bedroom, two bathroom, 190m[sup]2[/sup] brick ranch house on a 1000m[sup]2[/sup] lot. Just me and my two dogs. I do prefer city living, but there's one thing I hate more than the suburbs, and that's a long commute. I work as a planner in a small, semi-rural exurban community. If I lived in a neighborhood with any sense of urbanity, I'd be looking at a 30 to 40 minute commute to and from work, at extra-legal speeds, seven times a week (five days plus two night meetings a week).
 

Repo Man

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I prefer the City. I like being close to downtown (Milwaukee) and within walking distance of several restaurants, bars, a grocery store, and my favorite record/cd store. I am also 2 blocks from a bike trail that goes downtown. I could see myself eventually living in an inner-ring suburb of Milwaukee, but I can't imagine ever living in a subdivision with no sidewalks where you have to drive to get to anything.
 

Cardinal

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I try to balance both. I work in a small city, five minutes to the office, 45 minutes to Madison or Milwaukee. I live on the edge of town in an old farmhouse on 240 acres. It feels like the country. What do I like about it? It is peaceful, I don't feel crowded by neighbors, I have interesting wildlife wander into the yard every day. I have plenty of room for my workshops in the old farm buildings. I have already harvested a dozen different fruits and vegetables from my gardens. The house sits at the bottom of a hill, so I don't get to see the sun rise, but I do get great sunset views over 1/4 mile of farmland. Last night I was lulled to sleep by the soft mooing of a cow. Can't get that in the city.
 

Cardinal

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Yeah, better re-phrase that one. How's this?

I nodded off to sleep to the melodious mooing of a holstien, her lullaby song carried on the breeze from the neighboring pasture into my home.
 

Mastiff

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Michael Stumpf said:

I nodded off to sleep to the melodious mooing of a holstien, her lullaby song carried on the breeze from the neighboring pasture into my home.
You make your wife sleep in the neighbors pasture?!

Seriously... I like this little town of three thousand, 45 min from a decent size city, and 2 hours from major metro.
 

Cardinal

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Fortunately, I'm not married. And if I keep this up, I may not have a girlfriend.

~~~~~~~~~~, isn't that small - 13,700 in the city itself, 40,000 within 15 miles of its center.
 
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