Either the city or the country. I grew up in the suburbs and (like any suburban kid) thought it was lame. Then I moved to just outside of a small town and it was pretty great. Now I'm back in the suburbs. A lot of people like them because they're a mix of city and country, but to me they encompass a lot of the negative aspects of each. If I have to deal with having neighbors who can see and hear my every move, I better be able to walk/bike to everything. Otherwise I want space to breathe.
in the city people are more tolerant of noise anyway. neighbors were a lot more whiney about noise in the suburbs. here you have traffic noise to kind of drown each other out