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Old 08-22-2015, 05:29 PM
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Thumbs up City, Suburbs or Rural

After close to a decade in Japan, I am pondering a move back to Western Washington. I lived in the heart of the Seattle before moving to Japan, and I can say that it isn't for me. The high crime rate, the police sirens, the violence at night... It really doesn't make for a relaxing environment. I lived on Capitol Hill and V7 had offices in Pioneer Square.

At my age, I figure a more suburban or even rural setting would be relaxing. Newcastle is less than a half hour drive from downtown Seattle, nice and quiet for the most part.

Another part of me longs for a more rural lifestyle. A couple acres and no neighbors in sight. That would be North Kitsap, and almost 2-hour drive from Seattle. Quite the commute, but it includes a relaxing ferry ride from Kingston to Edmonds.

What are your thoughts? City, suburb or rural?
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Old 08-22-2015, 08:21 PM
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Well I'm not in a suburb, nor rural - it's more like a once small town that's grown up. 3 minutes in any direction by car takes you into the country. It's only a 40 minute drive to the city downtown (not in rush hour though) if you need access to the city, and now 6 Go trains in the morning that take commuters to work in the city - that's what I had longed for, and am enjoying now.
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Old 08-24-2015, 02:09 AM
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I'm at the city right now and life is indeed different compared to when you are in rural area. traffic is crazy, crowd seems to get bigger and bigger, noise just doesn't stop.... but, working in the city is way better elsewhere. yeah your cost of living is higher but the pay is bigger. maybe when I can afford my own farm, I'd settle in my hometown.....
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How come you're looking to move back John? I always got the impression that you were really happy in Japan.

I don't have much to add, as I haven't visited either country, but I think it many ways a rural life in either country would be idyllic.
 
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Old 08-26-2015, 03:06 PM
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It seems like you already made up your mind John
I personally can't ever picture myself living anywhere but in a large busy city, that's just me though.
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Before we sold the Michigan property we were 8 miles from the nearest town...15 miles from the closest hospital...
Then we were both 70 ish.....just too far from any conveniences...

Now we are semi rural..most properties around us are 1/2 acre plus...horses across the road....
Yet....5 miles to the Walmart.....3 miles out of town....3 miles to the river and the boat...

Love it...
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:52 AM
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How come you're looking to move back John? I always got the impression that you were really happy in Japan.

I don't have much to add, as I haven't visited either country, but I think it many ways a rural life in either country would be idyllic.
Japan was fun for the first couple years when I lived here as a kid, then it got old. And when I came back it was fun for the first couple years. But - aging - I get tired of having to communicate in Japanese all the time. Not just communicating, but dealing with being a foreigner. Japanese are polite but tend to demand (implicitly) that you bow down to their values, which are not mine. Cultural difference, you could say. ...

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Now we are semi rural..most properties around us are 1/2 acre plus...horses across the road....
Yet....5 miles to the Walmart.....3 miles out of town....3 miles to the river and the boat...
Sounds ideal to me. I just guess I am getting old. Don't like the noise, the crowds, the traffic, the pollution of the city. When I was younger, I hated rural or even suburban areas. But not any more.
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