What's the best suburban community in the US?
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 Anonymous||reply 66||02/23/2013|
I used to live in Decatur. The highest taxed 11 mi.² in the entire state of Georgia.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||02/17/2013|
Rancho Santa Fe, CA (San Diego)
Atherton, CA (SF)
Hillsborough, CA (SF)
Beverly Hills, CA (LA)
Note that these are all expensive!
|by Anonymous||reply 2||02/17/2013|
Decatur's pretty fabulous. Brookline MA has its charms.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||02/17/2013|
I was going to say Fairfield CT.
Only parts of Bethesda are near a metro station.
Both communities are very expensive.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||02/17/2013|
NO @ R4
GPS dosen't even have a business/shopping district.
What makes it the best?
|by Anonymous||reply 7||02/17/2013|
"Bergen County, NJ"
Yeah, if you like rude people, high COL and Sunday blue laws (rolls eyes)
|by Anonymous||reply 9||02/17/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 10||02/17/2013|
A lot of these places sound nice but have lousy weather (either humid summers or cold winters or both.) No thanks.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||02/17/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 14||02/17/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 15||02/17/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 16||02/17/2013|
R2 big houses does not a community make.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||02/20/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 23||02/20/2013|
Wilton Manor, West Hollywood
|by Anonymous||reply 25||02/20/2013|
Vista de Nada outside Los Angeles
|by Anonymous||reply 28||02/20/2013|
On the west coast, all the best neighborhoods got overrun by Chinese.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||02/20/2013|
Mountclair NJ Wellesley, MA Bronxville, NY Wilton, Ct
|by Anonymous||reply 31||02/20/2013|
People still seem to be confusing big houses with "community."
|by Anonymous||reply 32||02/20/2013|
Yes, I love Bronxville, NY. But taxes are too high.
Parts of Riverdale in the Bronx are nice.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||02/20/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 34||02/20/2013|
I can never think of Bronxville without putting "Anti-Semitic" in front of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||02/20/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 36||02/20/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 37||02/20/2013|
More restaurants per capita than just about any place in America.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||02/20/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 40||02/20/2013|
I grew up in La Jolla CA and I think it's pretty nice.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||02/20/2013|
What is there to do in Sausalito?
|by Anonymous||reply 43||02/20/2013|
R43 Complain about Golden Gate Bridge traffic and tourists.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||02/20/2013|
[quote]Vista de Nada outside Los Angeles
|by Anonymous||reply 45||02/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 47||02/22/2013|
Nobody for the Main Line?
|by Anonymous||reply 48||02/22/2013|
r47, what did you prefer about Boston Brookline? Do you prefer it over SD and LJ?
|by Anonymous||reply 50||02/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 51||02/22/2013|
What's the Asian situation?
|by Anonymous||reply 52||02/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 53||02/22/2013|
Ewww R53. Worthington Ohio is certainly better than Carmel, Ind. and just a few hours away.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||02/22/2013|
Why Eden Prairie when there are dozens of Minnesota burbs with scenic lakes?
|by Anonymous||reply 55||02/22/2013|
Southern Somerset county New Jersey.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||02/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 57||02/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 58||02/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 59||02/22/2013|
Vertical r57? Atlanta has high rises.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||02/22/2013|
[quote] Berkley, CA by: THREAD CLOSED
It's BERKELEY dumbass.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||02/22/2013|
Isn't Berkeley near Oakland?
|by Anonymous||reply 62||02/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 63||02/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 64||02/22/2013|
Bradbury pary, near LA used to be a hidden gem.
Sierra Madre near Pasadena was nice too.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||02/23/2013|