It is no secret that Dan and I are ready to get out of this Nightmare House. We are still working out some logistics of what our new budget will be, but the primary battle is over location: suburbs or the city?
If I were Married Melissa with uno puppy Yorkie Toby living in Dallas I would want to live in a hip condo in downtown with a great view and easy access to the city. There is one key problem to my desired downtown living:
Kadira changes everything, i.e. we must have a fenced backyard. Which means it must be a house, not a hip downtown condo. Sad face.
When faced with the constraint of living in a house, I want to live in the suburbs. For lots of reasons. I love the 'burbalicious town we live in right now. I have finally settled in and know where my grocery store is, where doggie daycare is, where my gas station is, where the best parks are, favorite restaurants, shopping etc. I also have figured out where all the best neighborhoods are and scoped out the average price of homes. I want to stay in this general area.
Dan disagrees. He wants to move into the city so the commute isn't over an hour. He says that once I start commuting I will want to move too. This is a fair point. I have had long commutes before but Dallas is the 4th largest metro area in the country which makes the commute terrible. Plus people here drive like idiots and all have guns, which makes me think that taking the Dart and risking getting mugged is a much safer option then getting cut off in traffic.
However, living in the City is way more expensive then living in the suburbs. Every time I find a house I like in the City I think about how much MORE we could get for that same price in the suburbs. The suburbs have nicer areas, nicer property, bigger property, you name it. Plus, all the houses in the city are older homes, and I hate older homes. Screw the "character" bullshit and get me a manufactured home with new fixtures and granite counter tops. Since we are renting there will be no renovations, so the house has to be nice from the get-go.
On the other hand, most of our friends live in the City, which means if we ever want to go out we have to drive almost an hour to meet up with people. Which means we normally leave early or get home at a crazy hour. Plus one of us can't drink because a cab ride back to hour house is expensive. We are young, we need to go out and socialize. Living in the suburbs definitely holds us back.
My main issue is that I don't want to spend a ton of money to rent a home. I think its silly to be paying somebody else's mortgage. I would much rather live somewhere on a lower budget for a year or so and save to buy a house.
We are looking at some homes in the city this weekend, hopefully my opinion on the matter can be swayed.
Any advice? Would you prefer the City or the Suburbs?