So, as I mentioned before, I'm have moved downtown. I was looking forward to moving, but didn't really know what to expect. I've been here now for almost a month so I'm officially qualified to write about it.
Let's cut to the chase: living downtown is sweet. The best part, that I hadn't fully considered, is that it's now convenient for everyone to come visit me. When I lived in my house 20 minutes North of town, I had a visitor maybe once or twice a week. Usually we'd meet at a restaurant or something closer to downtown, so I always had to drive. Now I live in such a convenient location that everyone comes to visit me. Often they're doing something else a block away, so it's really easy to come say hi.
Another cool side effect of this is that different social circles I'm in are starting to mingle because they often stop by at the same time. I don't think I've gone 24 hours without someone visiting.
The second greatest thing about living downtown is that I'm close to Whole Foods. Now any time from morning until 10pm I can get exactly what I want to eat and it's only a short walk away. Or if I don't feel like walking, I can ... SKATEBOARD!
I'm going to write a whole article about it, but I bought some electric skateboards. They're way better than bikes, feet, or even cars. They deserve their own article or maybe three part mini series. That's how great they are. In fact, I'm about to go ride 2 miles on one to get some food.
I also work really close to work now, so it's easy for me to drop by on the weekends or at weird hours to check on things - or vice versa. Sometimes I'll be at work and I'll think of something I forgot at home. I can just skateboard or walk back and get it and be back within 20 minutes.
I also don't use my car anymore, really. The only time I use it, ironically, is to go back to my old house to get some stuff. Since it has crappy gas mileage, I'm saving a couple hundred bucks a month by not driving.
I think you should move downtown too. If I had known how great it was, I would have moved earlier. Sure it's a bit more expensive, but there are deals to be had, and having a roommate is ok too. For example, in Austin you can get a place at the Railyard for $249k that has three bedrooms and is right in the middle of downtown. That's cheap enough that there's no excuse not to move.
What benefits are there to living far away from downtown? I can't think of any. I guess you might save money, but when you factor in the extra driving and value of your time, that may or may not be true. Some people want "peace and quiet". I live in a building that has clubs right next to it and it's not to loud at all unless you're out on the balcony.
you forgot one of the biggest positive points of living down town, is very easy to bounce girls home from the bars around town next to where you live :)
I've always said if I moved back to the ATX I would get a condo downtown... If you're young and single it's a no brainer.
Unrelated, but if you haven't seen this yet...
Kevin Federline has seen fit to defecate yet again upon the wonderful world of music. This time he's actually RAPPING. And he did it in public, too. What say ye? Is it war?
"I also work really close to work now, so itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s easy for me to drop by on the weekends or at weird hours to check on things - or vice versa."
live really close to work
work really close to home
Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city.
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty.
How can you lose?
The lights are much brighter there.
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go
Downtown, things'll be great when you're Downtown, no finer place for sure, Downtown, everything's waiting for you.
I've been trying to post for a few days, but my site hasn't been working. Luckily the computer gnomes magically fixed it tonight. Anyway, one of the reasons that I've been so busy lately is because I am moving!
I've been wanting to post about this for a while, but I've been waiting to make sure it's a sure thing. Between offers going back and forth and inspections, you never know what will happen in the end.
Anyway, a friend and I bought a condo right in downtown Austin. It's right next to one of my favorite clubs, The Foundation, and only a couple blocks away from some of my other favorite places like Halcyon, Alamo Drafthouse, Whole Foods (YES!), and even my work.
After a reader asked about why I don't use shower products on the cold showers post comments, I started thinking of other things people do or use that I find I don't need. Here's a short list, preceded by a disclaimer: I'm not a joyless robot, deranged workaholic, or dirty hippy, so don't start with the pattern matching of stereotypes and questioning of my humanity. I just like to experiment.
Dessert. I randomly decided to only eat one dessert (the French macarons at my wedding) in 2013, and it has been great. It's simpler this way: I never have to resist eating desserts, and I appreciate tasty non-dessert food more. Drawback: sometimes I have nightmares where I accidentally eat a cinnamon roll, or some baddies are chasing me and trying to shove donuts into my mouth.
Drinking things that aren't water. From an early age I never wanted to try soda or coffee, and this persisted to never trying alcohol, either. I eventually accidentally had a digestif on a romantic date with Chloe in Paris, but it was gross. I stopped drinking fruit juice because it's too sweet, milk because of experiments with cutting out dairy, and vegetable juice because it gives me gas. What else do people even drink? Tea, I guess--I drink that when Chloe makes it, but I honestly don't see much difference between tea and hot water. It's just easier to be content with water than to ever crave some other sort of beverage.
Shower products. I gave more details in this comment, but basically I found that after five weeks of not using shampoo, my grease production shut down and I no longer needed shampoo (just like the internet said would happen). I tested body wash on one half of my body for a while and so no difference, so stopped that. I cut out conditioner when I cut off my long hair, and I use a dry-shave electric razor, so I never used shaving cream. Showers are now quite straightforward.