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According to a U. S. News and World Report article, homes in the suburbs are losing their luster to some home buyers. Although many of the homes in my Florida subdivision are in foreclosure, I have no interest in leaving the suburbs.
Most of the houses in Florida suburbs were built during the housing boom. It's true some subdivisions have a cookie cutter appearance. But homeowners in my neighborhood get creative with their landscaping. Some people purchase brick facades for the fronts of their homes or make other enhancements to the exterior.
I'd rather telecommute
Some people are purchasing homes closer to cities because of the rising costs of gasoline. I can understand the real estate trends and home building trends. However, I would rather telecommute to save money on gasoline. I grew up in the country. I'm not at all a city girl. Living in the suburbs, for me, is the perfect middle ground for the lifestyle I desire. Although I hate public transportation, it is available in the suburbs.
I like a larger home
Home builders are placing a greater emphasis on smaller homes that don't require as much fuel for heating or cooling. However, I have no desire to live in a small cottage in the country or a bungalow style home in the city. Small homes look quaint on the outside, but it's impossible to fit furniture into smaller homes. I grew up in a small 1,300-square-foot country home in Maryland that was built in 1963. My parents had to convert the basement into a playroom, bedroom and bathroom to accommodate four children.
I can walk to stores
Just like living in the city, I can walk to where I want to go from my house in the suburbs. We have walking and biking trails that are well lighted. I'm within walking distance of coffee shops, restaurants, and grocery, department and dollar stores. In a few years, there will be a movie theater, more restaurants and a shopping mall just a mile from my subdivision.
My taxes are less expensive
I've lived in an area considered to be within the city limits before, and the taxes were astronomical. My subdivision is located within the county, which means my taxes are extremely low.
Although I don't mind visiting the city once a week, I don't like the pollution and crime. I visit the Whole Food Market that is located in the city, and I like a Thai restaurant located downtown. But, I have no interest in buying a home in the city. I like owning a home in the suburbs, and I don't imagine I'm the only one.