When you’re just starting out in life, your top priorities when selecting a city to call home might be a good dating scene, an exciting nightlife, or cool music festivals. Or maybe you just end up living in the town where you went to college, or where you landed your first job. But when it comes time to raise a family, other considerations tend to increase in importance, such as education, affordability, average incomes, and the strength of the local job market. So which U.S. cities make the grade for family life? Keep reading to find out.Thousand Oaks, California
More than a third of households in Thousand Oaks, California have children, and it’s [...]
With summer coming to a close (say it ain’t so!), it’s the perfect time to socialize with your neighbors and have a neighborhood block party! With the perfect activities and snacks, an awesome block party can be organized in no time!Organization: Committee: If you are organizing a block party, gather a handful of neighbors to act as your “committee.” Create a shared document (like a Google Doc) where you can post recipes and any party tasks that need to be completed. Home Base: Also, depending on how large your neighborhood is, designate a “Home base” for all your food, drinks, activities and music. Perhaps it’s a coldasac or a common community park area – just somewhere [...]
Once a quiet area filled with quaint single-family homes, Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past decade. As part of a plan to reduce suburban sprawl in the Seattle area, local zoning regulations were changed to allow higher-density development to take place. From an urban planning perspective, it makes sense, but the move has drawn strong criticism from some local residents who say the character of the neighborhood is falling victim to the bulldozers of eager developers.
And while many of the [...]
Vince Vaughn’s performance in True Detective may not be what you’d call family-friendly, but his La Canada Flintridge estate certainly is. Let’s take a closer look at the home recently put on the market by the Hollywood star.A Classic Colonial With Star-Studded Style
This spectacular colonial-style home sits on three quarters of an acre in exclusive La Canada Flintridge, one of the wealthiest cities in the United States.
Touring the grounds, you’ll find all manner of wonderful amenities, including a luxurious, open-air saltwater pool; a well-appointed children’s playground surrounded by lush, green grass; and a [...]