There are different factors to consider before a city becomes a good place to live in. This is because there are some cities in the world that are declared as cities yet do not possess the real city setting. A good city to live in should not be overly populated. It should also be safe and ensures that the crime rate does not overflow. It will help you decide to settle down especially when you are bringing a family with small children with you. Vienna, Austria is among the 5 top cities in the world. It has good standards of quality living, cultural activities available and clean environment to live in. However, the cost of living in Vienna is also high. Zurich, Switzerland is also considered a good place to settle down. It is financially stable where good and stable jobs are abundant. Auckland, New Zealand is also included in the best city to live in list. This is because of low crime rates with great public officials serving the city.
There are so many cities in the world and all of them have so much character but only a few that are actually great to live in. What makes a city a good place to live in? It should be safe, not over populated, good community, etc. So if you are trying to look for the best city to settle down in, here’s a list of the top 5 best cities in the world.
1. Vienna, Austria- This city is on the top because of it’s best quality of living. There are so many cultural activities available, clean environment, good public transportation. The only downside is that rent is expensive.
2. Zurich,Switzerland- This beautiful city is doing well financially. There are number of good and stable jobs available. Great healthcare system and public transportation.
3. Aukland, New Zealand- The quiet city is known for having low crime rates and great public service officers.
4. Munich, Germany- popular with the expats, this place is where a lot of foreigners want to move to. It is financially stable and people are not worried about keeping their jobs.
5. Vancouver, Canada-
It started in Asia where people are everywhere, places are always crowded and space is limited. Micro-Apartments has existed and was already popular in Tokyo and Hong Kong for awhile now and it seems like the trend has also reached the United States. Last January 22nd, New York City Mayor Bloomberg waved the zoning restrictions on new apartments to be larger than 400 square feet. This gave way to the building of 55 units the size of 250 square-feet. The rent for these micro units are also going to be affordable starting at $973 a month. San Francisco and Philadelphia are also now following suit with the rise of new teeny tiny apartments for an affordable price.
Micro Apartments are built in a way that all the space inside are used and needed. Like a regular home, it would include a dining area, living room area, kitchen and bed. Dividers are used and placed strategically to maximize the space.
City living can be so exciting especially if it is your first time. But just like every other place you will encounter, there are pros and cons. If you are considering moving to the city or are already in the city but confused if you should stay or go, here are the factors that can affect your decision.
1. There’s so much to do! It’s hard to get bored because the city always has a busy feel to it. There are malls, museums, clubs and bars that are always accessible.
2. Public transportation is always accessible. Getting from Point A to B is not gonna be a problem because there are several ways to do it.
3. There’s always quick help if you need it. There are people around all the time, 24/7
1. The noise will easily be a distraction. It will be hard to find a place that feels peaceful.
2. It’s always crowded and you can easily feel lost.
Living in Hong Kong doesn’t come cheap. This city has been home to the rich and famous for a long time but now it seems to be losing its luster. Recent survey showed that Asian millionaires now prefer living in Singapore than Hong Kong because it’s continuous increase in cost of living. Jakarta, Singapore and Shanghai topped the survey in terms of property investments. These cities all have a “Fair” amount of living costs compared to Hong Kong. Singapore being the lead (to the richer people) because it has always been a safe place to raise a family. Hong Kong is more likely known for it’s very business-like and modern setting. The lack of “homey” vibe does not appeal to people who are raising a family/ would like to start a family. The crowded city also doesn’t impress education wise and this is a major factor. Unlike cities like Singapore, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.
Austin, Texas-based Rick Black Architects is a partnership between husband and wife Rick and Cindy Black. A 2520-square-foot artist’s residence-cum-studio situate in Long Branch Valley was completed this year. Also upcoming is the Volkshaus, four upcoming single family houses with shared carports, also in Austin. Each residence is envisioned to achieve a five star Green Building Rating. Aside from houses, Rick Black Architects also works on buildings and commercial establishments, drawing on Rick Black’s experience with Frank O. Gehry and Associates. The residence they designed for a graphic designer and a choreographer was featured in the March 2008 edition of dwell magazine.
With almost everything increasing in value, people in Bangkok or planning to live in Bangkok have something to be thankful for. Prices for Bangkok’s property market will remain stable this year. Thai property market did not heat up as feared in the 2008-11 period as opposed to the pre-crisis situation of 1993-96 and the rise of home prices are just appropriate since the country’s economy has been improving. Which means housing affordability is relatively high due to rising income levels. Bangkok is known to be an exciting city. Expats from all over the world flock this town because the lifestyle is quite “easy” (Foreigners are not allowed to own a property in Thailand. Only Thai nationals are, so renting is the only option) Thailand‘s economy has a good future, though poverty is still very much wide spread and the overpopulation but the whole country seems to be keeping it together and the tourism is top notch.
New York! Oh how a lot of people dream of being able to live in this magical city. Concrete jungles where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do! Well, this probably only applies to people who has enough money to do what they want to do. Some people can not even afford rent. This is the reality of it. Not just in New York, but most places. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced recently that he wants to develop super small apartments called “microunits” for poor families in the city. The project, though not getting a lot of support will be able to provide a tiny living space (which will surely be uncomfortable. Imagine a family of five squeezed in one room) to the poor. Other people point out that it is not the city’s responsibility to give large poor families a home. Instead they should educate people to start family planning specially to the ones who decide to have more children even if they barely afford food.
Many believe that Baja, California is the next big boom in real estate. It is located at the northern most tip of Mexico, and also known as â€œlower California.â€ It has round year toasty weather and low cost living conditions. It is also easily accessible by land, air and water.
Residents are just a half hour away from the US border, yet it is one of the rare places where you can enjoy a perfect beach front. The place is famous for miles upon miles of fine white sand. It also offers some of the best fishing areas in the region.
In Portland, the property tax has substantially risen as compared to the previous years which are attributed to the Urban Renewal program in the City of Portland. Compared to last yearâ€™s statistics, there was a 14.72 percent increase in the property tax of the city.
During recent years, the share of the urban renewal in the city budget has been steadily increasing from 18.9 percent three years ago to where it stands now at 22.24 percent of the property tax levy which is very close to the 23.06 percent allocation for fire and police pension. With 45.3 percent of the property tax collection going to urban renewal and pension for fire and police, roughly 55 percent is left for other services.