The Best of Both Worlds: Suburbia and the City

There are pros and cons to living in city and the suburbs, but it is possible to get the best of both worlds. Follow these tips to get the most out of wherever you live!



Access to Metro

If you live in the suburbs, live close enough that you can easily get (preferably by walking) to the metro. This gives you the ability to go into the city whenever you want and not have to worry about driving and parking. It also eliminates the need for those expensive late-night Uber rides if you can just metro and walk home.

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Car and Parking Spot

On the other hand, if you live in the city, make sure that you have a car and place to park it. There are times when you’re going to want to get out of the city, to do things like hike or swim, and not having a car will make this difficult. Even if you don’t drive your car in the city, having it will allow you to enjoy the things that are in the suburbs.

Gorgeous Water

Swimming Hole. Credit: Erin Johnson on flickr creative commons

Good Apartment Community

When people think of the suburbs they often think of people having strong community ties and enjoying amenities like neighborhood pools. However, you can have these things in a city apartment. When apartment hunting, look for apartment complexes with nice amenities and an active community. This will help you meet new people and feel connected to your neighbors. 

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Girl riding a bike through neighborhood



If you live in the city there’s a good chance that your space is going to be much smaller than if you lived in suburbs. Keep an eye out for spacious apartments, but also look for tips on how to maximize space in your small apartment which will make it seem bigger.

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Malls and Restaurants

Those in the suburbs may feel like they live in the middle of nowhere and that there’s nothing to do. To fix this, find a place near malls or restaurants. This will give you something fun to do if you don’t feel like going all the way into DC. Reston Town Center and Tysons Corner Center are two great options.


Street View

Reston Town Center. Credit: By Payton Chung on flickr creative commons



Outskirts of City/Search for Deals

City living is often more expensive than living in the suburbs, but there are ways to cut costs. For one, consider the outskirts of the city. Even if you’re not in the downtown area, you’ll be just a few short stops away on the metro. Also, look for deals. This can really help make city living affordable.

Don’t feel pigeonholed into either city life or suburb life because there are plenty of ways to enjoy the best parts of both options.


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Jamie Schoshinski

Jamie Schoshinski

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