I am so incredibly happy for my sister. She has FINALLY made the decision to move out of the city (WELCOME TO SURBURBIA!!!).
Most "hip" people would say - why???? Why would someone EVER pack up and leave the city, with all its restaurants, and good vibes, and stuff to do???
Here are my Top 5 Reasons to Move to the Burbs.
1. Your commute SUCKS.
Seriously. You drive one hour, one way, in heavy traffic...twice a day? That's a true drain on your quality of life... Dealing with idiots. Noxious gases. Stress. Inevitable fender benders. Gas money. Reclaim 10 hours of your life back already. It's YOUR LIFE. You only have one. Make the most of it.
2. Your support system isn't physically nearby.
If you can, move to where your support people are at. Or where you can access them semi-easily. Sometimes you just need someone to come jump your car.
3. You want to save money.
Have you SEEN the rates for apartments in the city? Rent a townhome in the burbs for the same money, twice as much space. Or same space, half the money. And don't get me started on the awesomeness of eating out - I love it, and I love being able to walk anywhere or order in anything. But your health and pocketbook will thank you if you just get groceries and cook more.
4. You own a car in a wintry environment.
Off street parking is stupid. Otherwise it would be available in the city, right? The burbs are sprawling land masses for a reason...get a garage. Or at least a parking space nearby. And for god's sake, hire someone to shovel.
5. You have access to public transportation TO and FROM the city.
Are you REALLY missing out on late night bar crawls if you can still catch the train or cab home? Hey, what, that's what you do now? In the city? Might as well do it to the burbs. Oh, and when you hit 30...just sayin...10PM on a Saturday is about the end of the night anyway.
Even if you check only a few of these boxes...you'll know when the time is right. Just like my sister did.