- Jun 26, 2014
A few years ago, before the pandemic, I briefly looked at moving out into the 'burbs - either suburbs or exurbs - where I could still enjoy the city, but it looked like the increased cost of transportation would overtake the savings in rent I'd get from moving just outside the city, and my net cost of living would go up. Also, I know people who've moved out beyond the edges of the city, thinking that they could drive in whenever they wanted to, and then they never do it. Just driving through city traffic and parking your car for an afternoon is expensive and a PITA. A couple of them I haven't seen literally in years, because it's so not worth it for them to come into town for a beer or a coffee. It seems like moving even 20-30 miles out of the city basically means you're done with the city. The next time I get itchy feet, I'll have to look at moving either to a smaller city where not owning a car is still viable (and I don't know how many of those cities even exist), or moving out of the region altogether and abandoning the whole notion of living without a car, which would make me feel bad. It seems like, at least around here, you're either all-in or all-out.I'm rent free at the moment, single bedroom apartments near the new job are like, $3,500 a month. Looking right now, $1,300 to be someone's housemate. $700 a month to buy a Tesla, $400 to lease a Miata (cheapest convertible in 2022, not super different than used cars right now). $200 monthly train fees. $240 monthly Prius gas fees if I take the fastest route.