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Old 10-26-2011, 07:35 PM   #1
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Why do you live where you live?

I've lived everywhere from Europe to Hawaii and back again. My husband has lived from Southeast Asia to Korea, to the U.S. east coast. We have a lot of the globe covered. But we chose a small town in the U.S. Midwest. Why do you live where you live?


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Old 10-26-2011, 07:39 PM   #2
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i love the weather and my family is here

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Old 10-26-2011, 08:11 PM   #3
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My husband's job brought us to the area as newlyweds fresh from college. We hadn't planned to stay here 27 years but that's the way it's worked out. It's home now. Many good friends here and family is not far.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:24 PM   #4
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The weather is perfect, normally between 40F and 80F year around, it seldom rains, and it has the least expensive property prices for a California beach community.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:25 PM   #5
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i was born in brooklyn, raised mostly in jersey, went to college in the bronx and have lived in the city and in jersey (and a short stint in madison wisconsin). the only 2 jobs that i've ever had were in nyc, and most of my family is here.

and this is where they send my mail.

vacations are great, but i know i'm home when i see the skyscrapers of the city as the airplane descends for a landing.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:40 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Claire View Post
I've lived everywhere from Europe to Hawaii and back again.

The company I am currently with is the reason I am, where I am. Has been a much better quality of life compared to years prior, and though missing a beach like crazy, I like it here.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:10 PM   #7
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People from Massachusetts are notoriously a very parochial bunch of people. The story goes, If a nuclear bomb fell on NYC, the headlines in the Boston papers would read: "Boston Man Killed In Big Apple".

I was born and raised in Massachusetts. Where else would I live?
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:15 PM   #8
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Missoula, Montana...is that a good enough reason?
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:18 AM   #9
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Of the many places I've been in the U.S., Missoula is up at the top. Seriously. Galena won, but Missoula and Dillon were up there.

We actually shopped for our new home town. We'd planned on retiring to our townhouse in Hawaii. But husband decided he didn't like it there and Florida would be just as good. Then the real estate market in Hawaii went over the top and we wound up doubling what we paid for the damned thing. I wanted to stay, he wanted to go. I couldn't argue with his logic of being near my family. So we lived there for 6 years. But Florida just wasn't "us". And, being an only child, with, by then, parents who'd passed away, he really didn't "get" what large, extended family means when you live near them.

So ... we went on the road. We narrowed it down to a few towns, then contacted real estate agents in our top 3. It was a decision I've never regretted. I never say never or always, but we've been here ten years and just love the place, our old historic home. Midwesterners are the friendliest people in the world.
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:18 AM   #10
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I have lived all over the eastern part of the country. When I stopped working I decided to come back to where I started. Initially that was a good choice. Now my close friends and family members have died and I really don't have any reason to stay in this area other than the fact that it is familiar to me. Any ideas on where in the U.S.A. would be good for an old person without a beach body to live?

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