I'm originally from Omaha and my wife is originally from suburban Detroit. We moved from Omaha to Detroit in 2008 and are now seriously considering moving to the Philadelphia area. I never thought I'd leave Nebraska but in 2008 I had a chance to start a company. It didn't work out and I now sell AFLAC insurance. My wife is an attorney. Thus, we can live anywhere. We are considering moving because there is an educational program that would help our 9 year old son who has Aspburgers Syndrome, a form of autism. He's a cool kid but just needs some help in school.
Anyway, I lived in Omaha for my whole life until 2008, and living in suburban Detroit isn't really that different. Suburbs are suburbs.
Now that we are looking at Philadelphia it seems to be really different from either Omaha or Detroit. That doesn't scare me at all as I have found that larger cities are infinitely better than smaller ones. I've enjoyed living in Detroit, with the exception of the economy. It's very depressing here and the thought of moving, for whatever reason, makes me want to say to my wife "Let's just go and leave our stuff. We can get new stuff in Philly".
I've never been to Philadelphia and all I know is the sports teams and the Liberty Bell. We've begun looking at different areas on the web and Northeast is one area that looks appealing. One of the possible schools is there in the Rhawnhurst area. Another is Cherry Hill, NJ.
So, first things first. Give me a reason not to move to Philadelphia. Give me your best reason to move. You can't use Detroit's economy. I already did.
Second, given that my wife will probably be working downtown, center city, whatever, how is it for a lone female to use mass transit to get downtown? Yes I'm serious.
Third, our kids like to be outside and we have always had a yard and a park nearby. From what little I've seen of Rhawnhurst there don't seem to be many houses with much of a yard and I don't see a lot of parks. Am I wrong?
Next, what's the cost of living situation? What new expenses can I expect that I haven't seen in Nebraska or Michigan?
That's about it for now. There will be more. We don't have a timetable, though moving before next fall is not out of the question. We can also move next week if we have to.
It all depends.
When are you moving? Sometime in 2011
Where are you coming from? Metro Detroit
Why are you moving? Are you kidding? We currently live in Michigan. Itís depressing
Where will you be working? Husband-all over the region. Iím with AFLAC. Wife-downtown (attorney)
Have you been here yet? NO
Will you buy or rent? Probably rent first, then buy when we know what we want.
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend? Around $350K or so
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend? Under $3K
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up? House
Are you married or single? Do you have children? Married, 2 kids, daughter is 11, son is 9
Do you prefer public or private schools? Private
Do you have pets? no
Do you want or need a yard? If at all possible, if not, a close park
Are you keeping a car? YES, 2
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? From what Iíve read, Iíd like to be near if not in the action
What do you want to be closest to? Not sure
Work- all over
Shopping Wife will find it
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.) closer the better
Nightlife With 2 kids? What is that?
Train or subway stations Dont know. Never used it before
Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood? Coming from Detroit, we can handle all the diversity you can dish out.