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2011 Best US Cities for Autonuts

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On: Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 2:22PM | By: Chris Salamone


2011 Best US Cities for Autonuts

For too long, bloggers and would-be "lifestyle" magazines have disseminated articles about the virtues of certain cities throughout the United States which have the best climate, outdoor activities, cost of living to average salary ratio, or worse…the highest population of singles over 65. Auto enthusiasts have waited too long for a list which actually gives them cities with useful amenities like ample gas stations, colorful car shows, or perhaps even a rich automotive historical heritage. This list is dedicated to seek out and explain the best, most exciting, cities for autonuts to visit or live. Viewer discretion is advised; not all content is suitable for every pocketbook.

Monterey, Ca

Each year, typically during August, Monterey Car Week comes around and receives loads of media attention for various exciting auctions and show events, mostly covering classic cars. Of course, if you’re one of the fortunate few to actually live in Monterey you can also enjoy incredible vistas, weather, and neighbors like Clint Eastwood. The region boasts many unique car clubs such as the Bay Bombs and the ever exciting Auburns, Cords, and Duesenbergs Club. Unfortunately, purchasing a home in Monterey is incredibly expensive. The current average listing price for a home is around $2.3 Million.

Detroit, Mi

If you’re looking for an exciting and prideful history-filled city, Detroit is your answer. The Detroit Auto Show has reached mythical status and has so much eye candy even your toddler will enjoy the goings-on. Also, every August the Motor City features the Dream Cruise, a raging muscle car showcase down historic Woodward Avenue. A stop at The Henry Ford Museum is mandatory, as well as a visit to the Detroit Historical Museum and GM World. Perhaps the greatest draw to Detroit is the pride residents feel toward their heritage. Because of the recent economic downturn, the city has fallen on hard times and home values are ripe for an investment. The average listing price for homes is near $45,000.

Scottsdale, Az

If you’re looking for a drier climate, Scottsdale is a great place go. The region typically hosts the Barret-Jackson Auction, which claims to be the world’s greatest collector car auction. After you attend and purchase a 1907 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, be sure to take a drive up to Sedona. The city is generally car crazy and also features the Scottsdale Pavilions Car Show. If you have a horse that’s worthy, there are a few opportunities to store your vehicle at a Car Condo such as the aptly named ultra-lux facility ‘The Stables’. The average home listing price currently hovers around $700,000, but on the up side you could live in Tucson or Phoenix and visit Scottsdale every weekend.

Palm Beach, Fl

Stroll or ride down the haughty Worth Avenue and experience a queasy feeling only Palm Beach can provide. From the magnificent beaches to warm weather and plentiful car events Palm Beach is an autonut’s dream. Barrett-Jackson also holds an auction here and the famed Concours d’Elegance is held in nearby Boca Raton and Amelia Island. If you seek greater glory, look toward the Palm Beach Driving Club. Members simply refer to it as The Club and have access to a playground of toys usable on the Palm Beach International Raceway. Sadly the average home listing price is near $2.2 million to live in Palm Beach proper, but South Florida has loads of beautiful nearby alternates, like West Palm Beach or Jupiter.


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Michigander | 5:43PM (Mon, Feb 14, 2011)

Detroit has definitely been hit hard these past few years. I wonder how big of a house the $45,000 would get me? I loved the super bowl commercial about Detroit. Maybe they are making a come back...



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