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What's the best suburban community in the US?

And why?

I will nominate a few:

Bethesda, Maryland - It's accessible by subway, walkable, has great shops & tons to do, has an extremely well-educated populace, and is very liberal.

Decatur, Georgia - Also accessible by subway, has a HUGE lesbian populace, is fairly walkable, has lots to do for young and old, is extremely diverse, is very liberal and very friendly.

What other super-suburban sites can you recommend?

by Anonymousreply 6602/23/2013

I used to live in Decatur. The highest taxed 11 mi.² in the entire state of Georgia.

by Anonymousreply 102/17/2013

Rancho Santa Fe, CA (San Diego)

Atherton, CA (SF)

Hillsborough, CA (SF)

Beverly Hills, CA (LA)

Note that these are all expensive!

by Anonymousreply 202/17/2013

Decatur's pretty fabulous. Brookline MA has its charms.

by Anonymousreply 302/17/2013

Grosse Pointe Shores, MI

by Anonymousreply 402/17/2013

Fairfield County, CT

Bergen County, NJ

by Anonymousreply 502/17/2013

I was going to say Fairfield CT.

Only parts of Bethesda are near a metro station.

Both communities are very expensive.

by Anonymousreply 602/17/2013

NO @ R4

GPS dosen't even have a business/shopping district.

What makes it the best?

by Anonymousreply 702/17/2013

Greenwich CT

by Anonymousreply 802/17/2013

"Bergen County, NJ"

Yeah, if you like rude people, high COL and Sunday blue laws (rolls eyes)

by Anonymousreply 902/17/2013

Newton MA.

Liberal, professionals, good variety of architecture. Classy malls. Subway system, train and direct route into the city. Nice lake for public swimming. Nature trails. Great standard of living. Split into 7 different villages with little neighborhood store fronts. Colleges.

It's got it all.

by Anonymousreply 1002/17/2013

Oak Park, IL

by Anonymousreply 1102/17/2013

A lot of these places sound nice but have lousy weather (either humid summers or cold winters or both.) No thanks.

by Anonymousreply 1202/17/2013


by Anonymousreply 1302/17/2013

Decatur, Georgia is barely a suburb. Of course it's walkable. It's size is only 4.2 miles.And that's the city of Decatur. A lot of the surrounding area is Dekalb County but still has a Decatur address.

by Anonymousreply 1402/17/2013

Clayton, Missouri.

More class A office space than downtown St. Louis.

Home to Washington University Main Campus.

Light rail transit to airport and downtown St. Louis. Good bus transportion and good connections to interstate highways.

Great shopping at nearby St. Louis Galleria and strip malls. Near University City loop entertainment area.

Nice parks with skating rink and swimming pool.

Excellent school system.

Wide range of housing options, including beautiful single homes (older homes as well as a large number of new homes from tear-downs), high rise apartments and condominiums, and rental apartments.

by Anonymousreply 1502/17/2013

I'm from Bergen County NJ...R9

Close to NYC, melting pot of sorts, and really nice people.

Don't know if you had a bad experience but I love it.

by Anonymousreply 1602/17/2013

Birmingham, MI

by Anonymousreply 1702/18/2013

Pasadena, Texas

by Anonymousreply 1802/18/2013

St. Paul. tee hee.

by Anonymousreply 1902/19/2013

Long Island

by Anonymousreply 2002/19/2013

Cuesta Verde Estates

by Anonymousreply 2102/20/2013

R2 big houses does not a community make.

by Anonymousreply 2202/20/2013

A lot of the north shore communities on Long Island: Manhasset, Sands Point, Sea Cliff, Locust Valley, Old Brookville.

You gotta be rich to love there, however.

by Anonymousreply 2302/20/2013


by Anonymousreply 2402/20/2013

Wilton Manor, West Hollywood

by Anonymousreply 2502/20/2013

Bronxville, NY

by Anonymousreply 2602/20/2013

Thousand Oaks, CA?

by Anonymousreply 2702/20/2013

Vista de Nada outside Los Angeles

by Anonymousreply 2802/20/2013

On the west coast, all the best neighborhoods got overrun by Chinese.

San Marino


Palo Alto

by Anonymousreply 2902/20/2013

Hidden Hills, CA

by Anonymousreply 3002/20/2013

Mountclair NJ Wellesley, MA Bronxville, NY Wilton, Ct

by Anonymousreply 3102/20/2013

People still seem to be confusing big houses with "community."

by Anonymousreply 3202/20/2013

Yes, I love Bronxville, NY. But taxes are too high.

Parts of Riverdale in the Bronx are nice.

by Anonymousreply 3302/20/2013

I live in Bethesda and have to agree that it's a pretty nice place to live. I work as an IT consultant with the majority of my clients in D.C. It's very nice not to have to drive in DC traffic, but instead hop on the metro and be where I need to be in 20-25 minutes. Overall, the people are friendly, they have lots of great restaurants, and plenty of eye candy walking by. It definitely can be expensive, but that too is a relative assessment. For example, I rent a 2 bedroom apartment in a nice, tree-lined street with quiet neighbors for $1,400 a month. To anyone in NYC or LA, they would be laughing if I called that expensive. The only negative thing I can say about Bethesda is that it has no gay bars. Of course, with DC so close that is not a problem, but it would be nice to be able to walk to neighborhood bar.

by Anonymousreply 3402/20/2013

I can never think of Bronxville without putting "Anti-Semitic" in front of it.

by Anonymousreply 3502/20/2013

Evanston IL is pretty nice, if you don't mind the Chicago climate. Close to the city and it has a real downtown area.

by Anonymousreply 3602/20/2013

The Druid Hills area west of Decatur, Ga is nice too. The Driving Miss Daisy house is 2 streets over from me. The taxes are a little high, but it is oh so worth it living in a fabulous 'hood.

by Anonymousreply 3702/20/2013

Del Boca Vista

by Anonymousreply 3802/20/2013

Addison, Tx.

More restaurants per capita than just about any place in America.

by Anonymousreply 3902/20/2013

R34, nice two bedroom apartment for $1,400 in Bethesda? Have you lived there for a long time. That is an exceptional deal and I highly doubt it's representative of most of downtown Bethesda. I have a friend who lives on Battery Lane in an older two bedroom apartment and I think his rent is $1,800.

I'm assuming OP is talking about downtown Bethesda. Yes, not all parts of Bethesda are close to a metro stop. Of course many parts that aren't close to the metro have homes in the 7 figures. But yeah, there are worse places to live Bethesda. Great to be in downtown Bethesda especially when you do not have a car. It's a little too white-bread for me but it's also safe and super-convenient. There are tons of restaurants but I don't think it's a great restaurant town. There isn't really one that is exceptional. There are about 5 or 6 Japanese restaurants (Ex-pats from Japan love Bethesda) and they range from mediocre to horrible. You would think an affluent community like Bethesda could support a really good Japanese restaurant.

by Anonymousreply 4002/20/2013

I grew up in La Jolla CA and I think it's pretty nice.

by Anonymousreply 4102/20/2013


by Anonymousreply 4202/20/2013

What is there to do in Sausalito?

by Anonymousreply 4302/20/2013

R43 Complain about Golden Gate Bridge traffic and tourists.

by Anonymousreply 4402/20/2013

[quote]Vista de Nada outside Los Angeles


by Anonymousreply 4502/22/2013

Beverly Hills darling

by Anonymousreply 4602/22/2013

I'm raising my kids in La Jolla. I've lived all around Boston before including Brookline and Cambridge. LJ is beautiful and close to San Diego. The only downside is that SD isn't Boston!

by Anonymousreply 4702/22/2013

Nobody for the Main Line?

by Anonymousreply 4802/22/2013

Berkley, CA

by Anonymousreply 4902/22/2013

r47, what did you prefer about Boston Brookline? Do you prefer it over SD and LJ?

by Anonymousreply 5002/22/2013

Has no one said Ann Arbor yet? World class music and theater at the university, lots of great food stores and a farmers' market, and very livable neighborhoods. Also not as expensive as a lot of places mentioned here, e.g. Palo Alto and Fairfield County.

by Anonymousreply 5102/22/2013

[quote]Ann Arbor

What's the Asian situation?

by Anonymousreply 5202/22/2013

Top five small cities to live in determined by Money Magazine were

1. Carmel, IN

2. McKinney, TX

3. Eden Prairie, MN

4. Newton, MA

5. Redmond, WA

by Anonymousreply 5302/22/2013

Ewww R53. Worthington Ohio is certainly better than Carmel, Ind. and just a few hours away.

by Anonymousreply 5402/22/2013

Why Eden Prairie when there are dozens of Minnesota burbs with scenic lakes?

by Anonymousreply 5502/22/2013

Southern Somerset county New Jersey.

by Anonymousreply 5602/22/2013

Friend of mine lives in Stone Mountain, GA and works in Decatur. She likes it down there and keeps trying to get me down there.

I'm not so hot on it. I like big vertical cities. Atlanta and environ just sprawls out.

by Anonymousreply 5702/22/2013

[quote]Mountclair NJ

Make that Montclair. And while you're at it, you can include next door (but pricier) Glen Ridge, the Brookdale section of Bloomfield and that section of Nutley going up the hill by Kinglsand Park.

by Anonymousreply 5802/22/2013

One of my college friends lives near the cemetery where Whitney Houston is buried (on the other side of the expressway). She would Twitter updates although she really couldn't see anything.

The rumor is she is now in the money -- is that a nice area?

by Anonymousreply 5902/22/2013

Vertical r57? Atlanta has high rises.

by Anonymousreply 6002/22/2013

[quote] Berkley, CA by: THREAD CLOSED

It's BERKELEY dumbass.

by Anonymousreply 6102/22/2013

Isn't Berkeley near Oakland?

by Anonymousreply 6202/22/2013

Decatur--as overrated as anything in the Atlanta area. Walkable downtown, but nothing much to walk to, other than mostly mediocre restaurants. Nice craftsman bungalows. Access to the underused rapid transit system.

Worthington--rather cute but carbound and surrounded by Columbus, Ohio, the dullest place imaginable.

by Anonymousreply 6302/22/2013

I grew up in Potomac (on the same street as Lynda Carter), and I always envied my friends in Bethesda and their metro access/downtown area. Potomac's all residential homes and private schools. Great, safe place to raise kids, but there's no way I would be able to afford to move back there unless my parents had left me their house (they didn't).

by Anonymousreply 6402/22/2013

silver, spring, MD

by Anonymousreply 6502/22/2013

Bradbury pary, near LA used to be a hidden gem.

Sierra Madre near Pasadena was nice too.

by Anonymousreply 6602/23/2013
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