I live in Sydney. I grew up in the outer western suburbs of Sydney about an hour from where I am now and have lived in different areas and states before. The suburb that I live in is one of the top ten most expensive suburbs in Australia and that kills us financially at times but whenever we discuss that we should move to a cheaper locale we always decide to cut back on other expenses rather than move from the area because we love it here. DP grew up here and MIL &FIL live about five minutes away which helps. The beach is a ten minute walk one direction and the harbour a ten minute walk the other direction. The city is a ten minute drive away. Public transport is good, schools and hospitals are good and there are always plenty of activities for the kids. I've always loved the hustle and bustle of the city and would be no good in the country. I can definitely see why people appreciate it though and I enjoy visiting family in the country and find the serenity absolutely beautiful, but when I drive back into the city I get that feeling like I'm home and I know i don't want to be anywhere else.