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Suburbs > City Living


This past weekend marked three months that we've been back in Michigan, doing the suburban thing.  And I think I can safely, 100% say that we love it.  Never been happier.  Obviously living in Chicago was so much fun and I'm so glad we did it - it was four years of good times - but this is definitely where we're supposed to be and that's the best feeling.  Although, I'm sure if we lived in a place like this picture, we'd never have left the city ;)

I put together a little list of reasons why the suburbs beat over city living - in my opinion and of course it's all just for fun!

ONE | SPACE
We have so. much. space.  Our house has a yard (front and back!), multiple closets (some are still empty!), a garage, two living rooms, a basement!  There was no getting away from each other in the Chicago apartment and while I never minded it, I don't think I could go back.  Especially not to our previous closet situation.

TWO | CAR
I'm lazy.  And cheap.  I like to drive places, I don't like to pay $30 for a cab ONE WAY to dinner.  Here I can drive anywhere and everywhere!  The biggest bonus place to drive to in the suburbs - the grocery store.  No more lugging home 12 bags of groceries and feeling like your arms are going to break.

THREE | COST OF LIVING
So very much cheaper here than in the city.  While Chicago isn't even close to one of the most expensive cities to live in, it is still pricier than living in the majority of suburbs.  It's amazing what you get for your money out here. Not only in rent/mortgage but in food, cable, gas prices, etc.  All of these savings add up and make a pretty big difference.

FOUR | PEOPLE
People in general are just friendlier.  I remember the first couple of weeks we moved back, I couldn't get over the fact that everyone, everywhere will strike up a conversation with you.  People in bigger cities (and I was totally guilty of this myself while in Chicago) are usually in too much of a rush to chat and/or are wary of talking to strangers.

FIVE | EXERCISE
This one is just funny but still a suburban benefit.  I love going for long walks and the one thing I could NOT stand while doing this in Chicago is that you have to stop at every dang stop light at every block.  Talk about annoying. Here I can walk for hours, uninterrupted!

But don't get me wrong, I loooove love love Chicago and it will always have a piece of my heart but there's a lot to be said for the 'burbs, too.  Thanks to Lisa for inspiring this post!

What's your favorite part about where you live?
Linking up with Shanna and Liz

42 comments

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  2. I'm really glad you did this because being a city girl I can't really imagine life in the suburbs right now, but girl more space and having a lower cost of living would be amazing!!! Thanks for sharing this!!

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  3. I'm a city girl at heart so moving to the burbs was a big fat culture shock to me. Now that I am out here I definitely love it but I think they both have their plusses and minuses, but being right by NYC helps me feel like I can get my city fix anytime!

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  4. I go back and forth on this all the time. Right now, I'm all city, but next week I'll probably want to move to a small town or a cabin in the woods haha. My boyfriend and I talk about where we'll end up a lot. We live in the city right now, but not right downtown so our area has more of a neighbourhood feel and we love it. We're also super close to everything and we love walking around and exploring. I think we'll eventually end up outside of the city, but before we do that, we want to live in the heart of a big city. I grew up in a small town and then lived in a very small city for a long time, so I just have to try it once!

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  5. Love this post! I always dreamed of living in NYC when I still lived up north, but the cost of living and no space thing just made it not worth it at all. I love our suburban home with all the space, backyard, and quiet neighborhood. It may the "house with the picket fence" mentality but I loooove it :-D

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  6. I am looking forward to living in the suburbs, once we get to that period of life, but right now I like my lil apartment living. I can't wait to have a yard, a home that we own and LOTS OF SPACE! I do enjoy being so close to the city, though.

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  7. Glad you are loving the burbs! We are going on almost two years in the burbs now, and I go back & forth on which is better... Although kids does have the burbs an extra appeal!

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  8. So glad that you are enjoying suburban life:) I've never had the big city living experience, but have visited enough to know that I don't think it'd be for me - unless MAYBE I could have that bathroom shown above:) Good Lord - I'd be taking baths twice a day with that gorgeous view. I think it's great that you and Nick have had an opportunity to experience both:)

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  9. I think it is so important to experience both ways so you can truly appreciate your current situation. I loved living in a big city but now I appreciate being able to drive to my hair apt instead of having to walk 20 blocks or catch a cab :-) I am major envious of all your closets!!

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  10. Glad you're loving living in the 'burbs! I definitely think living in the city and living in the suburbs have their positives and negatives. I'd love to live in a city where I didn't need a car once in my life but I technically live in a big city...we just don't have great public transportation and I'm like, you I hate paying for a cab!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  11. What a fun post - glad you're enjoying suburban living! Although I love visiting cities, I knew I would never be a city-living gal. I definitely enjoy suburban living where things are a bit friendlier and work at a semi normal/slower pace.

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  12. yahh i love this! im glad you are loving life in the suburbs! im not going to lie im realllly excited to own a bigger house someday with real closets and a GARAGE! we currently store our bikes in our laundry closet... not cool! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  13. Fun post! I completely agree with you! I lived in Manhattan for a semester in college and it was so much fun, but I missed driving and having a closet!

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  14. OMG, we LOVE living in small town NC versus Ft Lauderdale. It's so nice to have so much room and to feel a little safer :)

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  15. How crazy that it has been 3 months already! So glad you all have adjusted -- nothing beats living in the suburbs for sure. Though I live in an apartment right now since it's just me, nothing beats being at my parents' home, for sure!
    xo Southern Style

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  16. totally agree! sydney and louisville couldn't be more different, and they each have their pros and cons. i am still not used to people striking up conversations with me, i don't trust them haha. but just from moving from an apartment to a house, the space! love the space. our electricity bills are higher and i hate that if something goes wrong we have to fix it, but they are the only cons.

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  17. I've never lived in the suburbs, but I've found that most Southern cities (Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, etc) are so sprawling that it's basically like I live in the burbs. We have a house with a yard and two cars with a garage... So if that counts, then I *have* lived in the "burbs" and I totally agree with your list!

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  18. There are definitely benefits to both places, but I'm with you on the space thing. I CANNOT wait to have more space.. and a bigger closet lol. I feel like it's really hard to keep things clean when you don't have much storage space. I love living in downtown Charlotte so much because it's a small big city- you have the feel of uptown and can walk to so many things but you still have a car and can drive wherever you want :)

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  19. I've always thought the thing I would hate most about city living would be lugging groceries home lol. I can't believe it's already been 3 months, so glad you all are loving it :)

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  20. Living in the city has really helped me decide what stuff I can and cannot keep... there simply is no room for anything more than the necessities! Having EVERYTHING within walking distance, going to markets, so many resources, and so much culture is definitely a plus for me... however, L told me that we're moving out and into the country in 1 year and 8 months. I don't know if I'm ready!! Glad to see you're loving the suburbs. We moved out here from Northwest Ohio where everything is cheap as dirt and you have miles of backyards. Big change!

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  21. I love country living... but we're WAY too country living sometimes. Like we have to drive 20 minutes to get to the grocery or to any store... we have one local gas station with the worse mini mart but all we have... & I hate we have no side walks or street lights. Not good for working out in fall/winter when its dark at 5:00...
    but the peace of it all makes up for any downfalls ;)

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  22. Such a cute list and I'm so happy that y'all love the burbs!! I'm with you on all those reasons for loving the burbs, but there's no doubt that there are times that I miss the big city amenities :) Sorry I've been so MIA. I've been missing all my blogging buddies :)

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  23. So much truth in this post! I've been living in Chicago for the past 4-5 years, and while I love it, there are some things about living in the city that are less desirable (!). I'd love someday to enjoy a yard, more storage space, cleaner air and being able to see the stars at night ;) I totally agree on the fitness aspect, too!

    xo, Laura
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  24. Ha! You're totally spot on! And I miss Chicago living too but the perks of an actual garage weigh heavy on my mind!

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  25. City living is a lot of fun and convenient. The grocery bag thing, story of my life!! :-/ I would just have to adapt to driving a car again (I haven't driven a car in almost 10 years, nuts I know!!) but having more space and a yard would be lovely. :-)

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  26. I've only lived in the suburbs so I don't know any different so I think it's awesome you've had the best of both!

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  27. After living downtown in Charleston all through college, all of the above are definitely true compared to where we are now! I just hate commuting downtown for work, but I'll take the savings and space for sure!

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  28. I take all of these things for granted because I've never lived in the heart of a city so all great things that I love as well along with less traffic!!

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  29. What's cool is you got to experience both :) and I agree on all of your points regarding suburban life - it's much cheaper and comfortable. Glad you love where you're at xo

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  30. Great post! I really enjoyed reading this. I've never had the change to live in a city, but I wish I could have for awhile!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  31. Suburbia vs the city, both have their pluses! Great post!

    Morgan
    www.eenymeenyminymorgan.blogspot.com

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  32. This was a great post. I prefer living in both areas, I just wish I could have a house in both the city and the suburbs

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  33. thanks for posting this! as much as i always said i wanted to live in the city, now that we're in the suburbs - i don't think i could go back either!! cheers to cheaper living!!

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  34. I wish we were neighbors because I'm definitely loving the long walks since we moved... Particularly now that all the Christmas lights are going up!!

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  35. I don't think I could hack it as a "live in the city type of gal", I like being able to go on walks here too. Plus I reall enjoy the quietness of suburb living.

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  36. This is why I love living in Dallas. I have all the benefits of a big city but there are still so many places to go for walks/jogs and I can always drive somewhere if I need to! So glad yall are enjoying Kalamazoo....go have some buffalo chicken dip for me because I can't find it anywhere out here!
    ~Elise @ highheelsglitteringeyes.blogspot.com

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  37. I don't think I could ever live in the city, even though I do love visiting them. So glad y'all are enjoying the suburbs!

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  38. This is such a good list! You're right about the exercise thing, though that's something I've never really thought about! I think one of the things I miss most about living in Michigan is the lack of traffic!

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  39. This is so funny to me because the things you dislike about city life are things I think I'd prefer (less space and not having to drive being the biggest ones). I'm sure that'll change eventually but I definitely want the experience of living in a big city while I'm in this mindset.

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  40. I have never lived in the city so I guess I can't really comment but I love everything you said about the suburbs which is why they are so great. Cities are wonderful to visit but I like space way too much. Wide. Open. Spaces. :) So glad you are feeling so good in your new home!

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  41. YES this was the perfect post I was looking for. Thanks for writing it out for me :-) We're thinking about moving outside the city in about a year but it makes me soooo nervous because I love city living and I love Chicago! But I do think living in a cheaper, more car-friendly place would make life a bit better for us. I love to hear that you're glad you made the transition.

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