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Moving to a Different Neighborhood in the Same City

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People move within the same city all the time. In big cities like New York or Los Angeles, it's actually quite common to move from one part of the city to another part for several reasons. Maybe you've gotten a new job and want a place to shorten your commute. Or maybe you're ready to upgrade your digs and you want a bigger place, either because your family is growing or you're ready to move in with a significant other. Either way, moving within the city you're already in is a great way to get a change of scenery without really having to go too far.

Read on to learn about some of the most common reasons why people move to a different neighborhood in the same city.

Moving for a change of scenery

Cities, especially big cities, have many different sides to them. There are bustling downtown areas filled with people, there are more residential areas that border on being suburbs, there are the scenic areas near parks or hugging the coastline, and there are industrial areas. Sometimes, moving from one of these areas to another can feel like you're moving to an entirely different state, even though you're not leaving the city limits.
  • Moving from one neighborhood to another in the same city is a great way to experience another side of the city. It also gives you a chance to experience new sights and sounds and even a different lifestyle without having to travel too far. Take a city like Los Angeles, for example. Moving from the coastal areas of the city, by the beach and the Pacific Ocean, to an inland area of the city that's more urban and commercialized is like experiencing a whole new city, even though you're only moving just a few miles.
  • A change of scenery can help you appreciate parts of the city you're not as familiar with. For big cities like Los Angeles, Chicago or New York, the best way to get the full experience of living in the city is to spend some time living in the different areas and experiencing the unique traits that make each one stand out from the rest.
  • You'll get the benefits of a change of scenery, while still feeling like you're at home. There are several benefits to moving within the same city that you can use to your advantage. For starters, you already are familiar with the lay of the land, so you have a working knowledge of what each neighborhood is like, which makes your decision on where to move a lot easier. Also, you'll have an easier time finding a moving company to handle your move. You won't have to worry about waiting weeks for your belongings to be delivered to your new place.

Getting a new job

Another common reason for moving to a different neighborhood in the same city is if you've gotten a new job in another area of the city and you want to move closer to where you work. Big cities often have great public transportation systems that can take you from one side of the city to the other, but as anyone who has lived in a major city can tell you, those transportation options can sometimes be unreliable at best.

In big cities with a lot of congestion and millions of people using mass transit each day, it can easily take over an hour to travel somewhere within the city, depending on what mode of transportation you use. If you get a new job in the city where you reside, but that job is located on the other end of the city, one potential option would be to move somewhere closer to either cut down or eliminate that travel time.

Seeking an alternate living situation

Of course, your reason for moving to a different neighborhood in the same city can be as simple as needing a new place to live. Here are several reasons why you might need to seek out a new abode:
  • Upgrading your digs: Cities are expensive, that's no real surprise. When you first move there you might find yourself in a place that's smaller than you would have liked. Eventually though, things change and you know it's time for an upgrade from your studio apartment, but you don't want to leave the city you love. If that's the case, your best option is to move into new place.
  • Outgrowing your old place: If your family is outgrowing your small apartment and you need to upgrade and add an extra bedroom or extra bathroom, but don't want to take your kids out of their school and move them away from their friends to a house in the suburbs, moving to a larger apartment in the same city will allow you to accomplish both of those things.
  • Moving in with someone else: Maybe you were living on your own, but you met someone and you've both decided that you want to get your own place in the city and live together.
There are a number of personal reasons why it would make sense to move to a different neighborhood in the same city, and all of them prove that when it comes to moving, sometimes it's not all about where you're moving to, but why you're moving.

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Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on July 26, 2013

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