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.
For the past eight months I was dreaming of returning home to the West Coast. Having been born and raised on the West Coast, and having spent my freshman year of college on the East Coast, I couldn't help but miss the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains, my suburban coast town, and the laid-back culture.
Not to say that I didn't enjoy my time at school, or even that I was homesick. I don't think I was. I love my university. The people are friendly, the city is bustling, and there are more opportunities than imaginable. I'm excited to return in the fall. I never spent extended periods of time wishing I was at home, but there were certainly things I missed, and my Californian friend and I had no problem bragging about the west side for a good ten minutes while our East Coast friends rolled their eyes and made comments like "You chose to come here" followed by the cliche "I really want to go to Hollywood, take me home in your suitcase."
Now that I've returned to my beloved West Coast, I find myself sitting around in my house and doing absolutely nothing. I've got a job lined up, but it doesn't start until June. My friends who stayed in state for school are only home on the weekends. As a result, my day consists of sleeping until noon, rolling out of bed at about one, drinking coffee and starting my day as my high school brother arrives home from his productive day, watching tv, eating lunch, walking the dog, and then watching Friends and movies until the wee hours of the morning. Repeat.
This kind of couch potato life kills me. I'm the kind of person who is always on the move.
And as I sit here, doing pretty much nothing, I find myself wondering, what would I be doing if I was at school right now? I stay away from the party scene, so my Friday nights and weekends consisted of movie marathons, trips downtown, late night food runs, sporting events, and hallway chats. I'm not school sick, but there are definitely things I miss about it.