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Well I thought I woud start this thread to find out more about other areas people live in. I myself live in an area called Hockessin Delaware. When I moved here 15 years ago there were about 5,000 people living here, now we have about 12,000 people living here. I am attaching this link so you can find out more about where I live. I like to visit other places so tell me about where you live, are you in a town or city?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hockessin,_Delaware

As you can see it's not a major city, in fact it's not even a town, it's just suburbia. Far enough away from the major cities, but close enough to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlantic City, Washington, DC, and New York. Washington and New York being 2 hrs away.

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As you can see it's not a major city, in fact it's not even a town, it's just suburbia. Far enough away from the major cities, but close enough to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlantic City, Washington, DC, and New York.

It's very "weiss" and, at that level of household income, not much "weisser mull." :lol:

Seriously, though, when you posted your Calais picture in a driveway, it looked like it was in more of a Sunbelt location. Where was that?

Ok, folks, I live in the foothill suburbs of Cali's capital city, which itself I find distasteful and boring -- a serious miss in city planning since it ought to have been laid out in grand style a la Pierre L'Enfant -- that's why I live a ways out. But in two weeks, I will put my stuff in storage and be based out of Portland OR, especially while I go to Europe for a month and a half.

Advantages: the area itself is nothing special but, in less than 2 hours, one can be at the waterfront in San Francisco, on a beach at Lake Tahoe, in the upper part of the state such as Mt. Lassen, Chico and all those towns, or in the pissy "Wine Country," which is pretentiously boring as hell. Beautiful areas are even closer in the Gold Country, as near as 45 minutes away.

Disadvantages: there are a lot of stupid people in the north central part of the state with the better labor pool living in So. Cal. or the Bay Area. The mountain areas have rattlesnakes, bears at higher elevations around Tahoe (Bear Xing signs, seriously) and the lower elevations of the Sierra have one of the highest concentrations of mountain lions in the West (I still get weirded out that a woman went out for her nightly run on one of the state park trails by the American River in 1994 and never made it home - she was ambushed by a mountain lion and killed).

I guess the thing that gets to me the most is that it's not Walnut Creek (Bay Area) or Woodland Hills (So. Cal.), either of which would suit me just fine.

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I've lived here for the last 5 years...living downtown is fun, but I'm thinking of moving to the burbs for more square footage, among other reasons...maybe here or here.

The little town in Ohio I grew up near is Port Washington and I lived also as a child in nearby Steubenville. My high school years were spent in the Florida Keys, in Marathon..

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I've lived here for the last 5 years...living downtown is fun, but I'm thinking of moving to the burbs for more square footage, among other reasons...maybe here or here.

Boy, the first place is unbelievably white. LOL. I've never seen it, really. Is it tucked away or near I-25? I guess it's affluent, right? How much will a nice house set you back in Greenwood Village?

Is the second place near Castle Rock or Castle Pines (Castle something)? How's that compare to Greenwood Village for housing?

Is DEN really a likable place to live? How cosmopolitan is it? I remember the beauty of The Front Range as being dramatic, but that it seemed dry. For some reason, extreme green (like ATL) seems to have a pacifying effect on me. Some parts of the West are just too brown and it almost puts me in a bad mood.

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From 1979 to 1987 I lived in Slovakia (Eastern Europe)

From 1987 to present I've been in mASSachusetts. :P

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Boy, the first place is unbelievably white. LOL. I've never seen it, really. Is it tucked away or near I-25? I guess it's affluent, right? How much will a nice house set you back in Greenwood Village?

The GV (as some locals refer to Greenwood Village as) is a mix of office parks and newish houses...decent houses start about $450k and go up from there...straddles I-25. My company's office is there. Lots of tech industry and other business people live there, so I fit in well...

Is the second place near Castle Rock or Castle Pines (Castle something)? How's that compare to Greenwood Village for housing?

Lone Tree is newer, north of Castle Pines, east of Highlands Ranch, west of Parker. There's a big mall there (Park Meadows) and decent suburban tract houses...Highlands Ranch to the west is cheaper, but blander..lots of beige $250-450k tract houses..

Is DEN really a likable place to live? How cosmopolitan is it? I remember the beauty of The Front Range as being dramatic, but that it seemed dry. For some reason, extreme green (like ATL) seems to have a pacifying effect on me. Some parts of the West are just too brown and it almost puts me in a bad mood.

Downtown is a lot of fun and diverse...lots to do..but I'm thinking of moving out of the downtown area and into the burbs and getting a house w/ a 3 car garage, more room for my stuff... and both The GV and Lone Tree have light rail stations, so I can use the train to go downtown. I've also thought about moving to the north, to the Broomfield area between Boulder and Denver..closer to the mountains and more scenic up there, but still plenty of tech companies.

Politically, the downtown, older near-downtown neighborhoods and Boulder tend to be more Democrat and lefty, but the burbs and the further south you go tend to be more Republican and right-wing.

The problem I see with the older neighborhoods closer to downtown is that they tend to have older, smaller houses that are as expensive as the newer subdivisions..I'd rather live in a newer burb and have a modern 2500-3000 sq ft house than an old 1200 sq ft house that needs a lot of work...it's a trade off, though, since the burbs are more boring..

Denver's suburbs are very tan and brown in the winter, but green in the summer..with the sprinklers running. It is very dry, but I love the infinite blue skies (a lot of cloudless days) and snow-capped mountains in the distance.....with the dryness, a 45 degree sunny winter day feels more like 60..

I would like to have more of the greenery that I remember from living in Ohio, or the greenery of the Northwest, but I don't know if I could deal with the gray days and rain (and lots of cold and snow).

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbutus_Ridge

Lived here my whole life. I moved to a different house a block away when I was 10, but that's it.

I live a couple blocks from the church in the picture.

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I think alot of people have already posted about that here..

http://www.cheersandgears.com/forums/index...ic=6762&hl=

Don't be a duesch... That thread is over a year old and wasn't the first on the topic anyways. :P

All you need to know about Brookville and the area around my house:

Brookville Thread

My House Thread

Wiki on Brookville

Brookville Life

Brookville Borough

Historic Brookville

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I'd rather live in a newer burb and have a modern 2500-3000 sq ft house than an old 1200 sq ft house that needs a lot of work

You're not kidding! I DETEST the older housing stock that people regentrify/refurbish. I LIKE the newer suburbs just fine, and always have.

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You're not kidding! I DETEST the older housing stock that people regentrify/refurbish. I LIKE the newer suburbs just fine, and always have.

Common things here is for people to do are 'poptops' (add a second floor to an older single story home) or a 'scrape'--tear down an old house and build a new one to fill the lot.

Maybe it has to do with the headaches I saw my parents deal with in owning a 150 yr old home, but I have no desire to deal with maintaining or updating an older house... one thing I do like about older neighborhoods, though, are the big trees...but the small garages I can do without. In the newer 'burbs I can get a house with a basement finished or unfinished that I can built a home theatre in, a 3 car garage, modern wiring, etc..

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Lived in Laramie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laramie%2C_Wyoming) for just under a year, and am moving into my new house friday...spent the first 18 years of my life in Rawlins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rawlins%2C_Wyoming) I never really liked Rawlins that much, but looking it up on the internet makes it seem a lot worse then it really is...I like Laramie quite a bit though.

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If you have ever heard of Levittown, then you know it was the first suburb. We are in the town next door. Built a year after Levittown was built, East Meadow was for people who wanted a better, most expensive version of the Levitt houses. They sold for $6995 in 49 and E. Meadow houses sold for $9995.

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As a general rule of thumb, a house's vintage is always a compromise. Newer homes of course have better insulation, better windows and higher capacity electrical & plumbing systems. Of course those things can always be added to older homes and the cost is not as great as you'd think.

What can't be added to newer homes is the better construction quality and quality of many materials. Older homes (here I'm talking late 1800s into the 1950s) are substantially better built, structurally. From the '60s thru today, construction quality has steadily gone downhill, ESP since the '80s. In the last 7 years I've observed construction on homes costing up to $4M, and most crews today are marginal craftsmen at best and surprisingly many are just clueless hacks. I've seen some sorry sh!t, let me tell you.

Thank God for increasingly stringent building codes or we'd be back in the 1700s.

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As a general rule of thumb, a house's vintage is always a compromise. Newer homes of course have better insulation, better windows and higher capacity electrical & plumbing systems. Of course those things can always be added to older homes and the cost is not as great as you'd think.

What can't be added to newer homes is the better construction quality and quality of many materials. Older homes (here I'm talking late 1800s into the 1950s) are substantially better built, structurally. From the '60s thru today, construction quality has steadily gone downhill, ESP since the '80s. In the last 7 years I've observed construction on homes costing up to $4M, and most crews today are marginal craftsmen at best and surprisingly many are just clueless hacks. I've seen some sorry sh!t, let me tell you.

Thank God for increasingly stringent building codes or we'd be back in the 1700s.

Balthy has a penchant for older things, houses included. :AH-HA_wink: You make some good points. I remember driving around ATL when I first moved there and, in some of the intown neighborhoods, they have those ALL BRICK homes with the 12:12 (or higher) roof pitches, with dormers and all kinds of other projections, that are beautifully detailed and you think "Wow." In your area (I only know North Jersey around Teaneck), they would have those homes in Forest Hills - Queens or Jamaica Estates - Queens and they too hit the "Wow" factor.

However, they are frumpy on the inside. They smell musty. The amount of light let in is depressing. The house plan that "breathes better" and is more interesting is a more recent phenomenon. It used to be that room plan geometries were very rectilinear and formal, and I find that boring. And, unfortunately, that same formality is still sought in the Southeast, for example, and appears to thrive in New England as well as a "saltbox" colonial. In the West, the "5-4-and a door" colonial just would not sell. Here, the market demands real varied geometries, both on the outside of the house and in the rooms. (Interestingly enough, so does Florida, as I can see in the floor plans builders are doing down in that area).

Simply put, the idea is to get the craftsmanship of old with the conveniences of new. It creates a challenge either in lining up the subs to pull it off OR it makes for a very expensive house! What we are talking about can be found in new construction of houses that are on slopes overlooking Lake Tahoe but then, people who commission those homes could put dollar bills on their toilet paper rolls.

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Basically lived in Elgin IL all my life ... except for college (N Manchester IN) and a month in Nashville TN in 1996.

Elgin is growing ... almost TOO rapidly.... Pretty soon, it's going to take me a half hour to an hour just to get to my older 4 MCs in Plato Center ... which, when I first put the MCs out there, was a 15 minute drive ... TOPS.

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I live in a city of about 12,000 people. Kaukauna Wisconsin to be exact. I have lived in the same house since November 5th 1978. I will be moving in August though because the city is tearing down our house which was built in 1901 to make a right turn lane(We live on a corner). Much as my parents and I like our 1901 house the one we are getting built will be MUCH nicer in a lot of ways. No hill, new electrical,2 bathrooms on the same floor and more good things.

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Yeah I grew up near Funky Town! Plano, TexAss to be exact!

2005 EquinoxLS it's always nice to move into a new house. I have been thinking about moving across the state line into Chester County, PA. I want to be Camino's neighbor and park my FWD cars where he can see them! :smilewide:

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Yeah I grew up near Funky Town! Plano, TexAss to be exact!

Yeah well, your wife likes my ass :AH-HA_wink:

And you lived near Denton....something about that place just.....*shivers*

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Yeah well, your wife likes my ass :AH-HA_wink:

And you lived near Denton....something about that place just.....*shivers*

She's near sighted, she said she thought that was your face. :AH-HA_wink:

Hey Plano is not Denton. Just ask Ross Perot.

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She's near sighted, she said she thought that was your face. :AH-HA_wink:

Hey Plano is not Denton. Just ask Ross Perot.

She knows my face, beard and all, which has grown back :AH-HA_wink:

You mean Plano equals far north Dallas just as some of Fort Worth is in Denton County?

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She knows my face, beard and all, which has grown back :AH-HA_wink:

You mean Plano equals far north Dallas just as some of Fort Worth is in Denton County?

Are you copying me? Did you shave your beard off too and now letting it grow back?

Stop picking on Plano, EDS, JCPenny and Frito Lay are headquarted there.

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Are you copying me? Did you shave your beard off too and now letting it grow back?

Stop picking on Plano, EDS, JCPenny and Frito Lay are headquarted there.

:lol: I know which companies have headquarters in Plano, I was just razzing ya. And you know I didn't copy you, mine was all shaved off before your's was.

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