Thursday, March 02, 2006

Urban vs. Semi-Urban

I've always thought of myself as a city girl. I could never imagine myself not living in the heart of a city (in terms of my own home). But lately I find myself thinking about the other alternative - living in a quieter area, in a bigger home, with more land. Maybe it's part of finding the person you want to settle down with - the idea of having our own little isolated life appeals to me. Not totally isolated, I know we would both want, need, to be very close to a city, but I like the idea of being able to get lost in our own little world, away from it all. I could never do the total suburban thing. In my mind I'm thinking more along the lines of beachfront property or something fun like that (keep in mind, in most areas in the Middle East a beachfront property isn't gonna be that far away from the city so it's still more urban than rural!). Basically, the appeal of always living in an urban flat, no matter how big or how nice, is starting to wear away from me. Certainly for a while, at the beginning, while we save, I would love to have a really cool flat in the middle of the city. But eventually, as we get older, I would prefer to invest in a home - a bit out of the way - to get lost in our life.

What do you guys think:
urban flat or beach/mountain/country(/desert?) home?


  • Villa with a sea view. Lots of land around. Like you said - isolated, but with a city nearby.

    That is what we do every summer in Spain. Away from the masses. Away from the hustle bustle. In our own little world. With the real world a short car ride away.

    That is our dream for the future, too! Perhaps we can all get villas in the same country on the Mediterranean and invite each other over for glorious home-cooked meals using all the local fresh ingredients! Aaaaaaahhh......

    By Blogger Raine, at 3/03/2006 6:18 pm  

  • Seems like someone is having Challet withdrawls!

    I want a RANCH!

    By Blogger The Stallion, at 3/04/2006 7:59 am  

  • Raine: Yes, the six of us should get our villas on "The Med" as your O would say! And we'll of course take Dad too. That would be paradise for him!

    Stallion: I'm having BIG TIME chalet withdrawals! And of course you want a ranch! I couldn't imagine you living on anything else, you hick! ;) Except when you totally flip to your other (slightly frightening) persona in which case we'd be visiting you out in the middle of the desert! But that would be cool... You guys visit us at the beach, and we visit you on the ranch. Yeeeehaaw!!

    By Blogger Kleio, at 3/04/2006 8:05 pm  

  • I am really split on this one. I have always felt that I needed the city. I need the bustle, I need the asphalt (as Woody Allen would say), I need the people, I need the chance encounters, I need the noise, I need the culture, I need the street side cafes. But I also adore the villa on the beach scene. I am not big into the land with mountain views option though. I need to be close to the water. Kleio, you know that feeling of laying on the beach for hours with a cool breeze and the sun shining down on you, the stress just peeling off you with every passing minute...heaven. I think I need both. I love the villa idea for the summer months (4 if possible!) and the city for the rest of the year.

    By Anonymous red, at 3/05/2006 10:00 am  

  • See I've always been the same as you there - needing the hustle and bustle of the city. It's such a great feeling walking down such a crowded, vibrant street and then turning into your little street and unlocking your door and going up into your private little space above all that life. I swear, everytime I unlock my front door here in London I feel a small sense of glee. When people are passing by I sometimes see them watch me unlock the door and in my head I smugly think "Yes, this is MY little corner of London!" I love having everything at my fingertips, and being surrounded by millions of different people. But at the same time, the thought of having a small cozy villa by the sea is just so appealing, and is starting to take over! Of course, like we said, it would need to be VERY CLOSE to a city, but on the beach. Yeah, there's no point in having a "sea view" if you're not actually ON the beach. I love laying on the beach all day for hours, then going inside in the late afternoon, showering off the salt water, and then preparing dinner. OK OK I better stop, I'm dreaming about the beach and it's like 0˚ outside!!

    By Blogger Kleio, at 3/05/2006 4:59 pm  

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