People who grew up in the quiet of the suburbs will usually vote for the suburbs, while those who grew up in the city prefer the hustle, bustle, and convenience of city life. As you are considering buying a new home, aside from the features of the house itself, it is important to consider what type of community you want to be a part of. The location of your home dictates what schools your children go to, how long you have to drive to get to work, and what stores and restaurants are nearby. While both the suburbs and the city have their pros, which one is right for you will probably come down to the cons.
Positives and Negatives of Living in the Big City
If you don’t like a lot of noise in your area, the big city is probably not going to be the best place for you. That’s not to say that the suburbs are always perfectly quiet, either, but there will be less traffic noise and because most suburban communities have few businesses and very few twenty-four hour businesses, you are less likely to have noisy people out in front of your home late at night.
Other people find the noise to be a big positive. If, like my mother, you grew up in the city, you might not be able to get a good nights’ sleep without some traffic noise in the background. The biggest positive of living in a city, however, is how close you will be to restaurants, businesses, and workplaces—most within walking distance, making a car more of a luxury than a necessity, especially with the ample public transportation that most cities provide.
Positives and Negatives of Living in Suburbia
Those that live in the suburbs will find themselves driving minutes, or even hours to the nearest shopping mall. While most communities will have local schools and a nearby grocery store, private schools might be more difficult to access, as well as specialized stores.
For some, this is a great trade-off for the ability to buy a larger home and yard at a lower cost. While most buyers will opt for a smaller house in a more walkable city area, they might pass up an city apartment or condo for a large home in the suburbs with a yard and at a lower price that makes paying a little extra in gas superfluous.