Surprise! I mentioned a few weeks ago that we were thinking we might move, and we decided to take the leap. So on Tuesday morning, we’ll awaken in a new home!
It’s not far – you can can see it from our current apartment (click to enlarge):
5 Reasons We’re Moving
- To decrease our footprint. Our current apartment is pretty big, which is great in some ways but also takes up more footprint than we need. We can do jumping jacks in our bathroom and barely touch both sides of our hall walls at the same time. Little things make a difference on the sustainability path.
- To eat healthier. Sounds strange, but right now we live across the street from a natural foods store and 6 blocks from our garden. Guess which one we visit more frequently! So we’re switching: we’ll be across the street from our garden and 6 blocks from the store. I’m looking forward to seeing my garden from our bedroom window.
- To save costs. We’ll be saving $6,000/year living in our new home. That’s a lot of money to contribute toward paying off our student loans.
- To live in the heart of the neighborhood. We’ll be across the street from the community center, community park, local church, restaurants, cafes and bars. As a result we’re much more likely to be a part of community events and decision-making processes. We’re looking forward to it!
- To live in a more diverse area. Our current rent has gone up substantially, and the residents are changing – it’s becoming a higher-income building. Where we’re moving, we’ll be in a low- to mid-income community, with some transitional housing, a food bank (to donate extra veggies), and in general more diversity.
We also lost our beautiful view – we used to be able to see the bulk of Lake Union and even Mt. Baker on a clear day. Our new apartment will have a modest view of the sunset and Space Needle.
5 Reasons We’re Staying In the Neighborhood
- Our neighborhood is LEED certified. The entire neighborhood is certified as a sustainable neighborhood, and we’re proud to be a part of it. We have bioswales in an urban center, 35% of the neighborhood buildings are LEED certified, urban planning has focused on multi-use areas that are walkable, parks, native plants, … it’s really awesome.
- We have great public transportation and walkability. We have a walk score of 97. I walk to work, and Matt walks 2 blocks to the bus.
- We’re in the heart of the city. I love walking through downtown every day, feeling a part of the city on a daily basis. I feel I intimately understand what’s changing, how the economy is doing, where industry is thriving, etc. We’re in a central spot to our friends and family – pretty much within 15 minutes of anyone we know in the city, right off the freeway, and an easy meeting point.
- We love our garden community. We have an awesome plot, with great garden neighbors, and good friends of ours just moved gardens to garden near us.
- We have a growing local economy. The neighborhood is transitioning from an old dilapidated manufacturing (and prostitution) center, to a thriving mixed economy. It’s pretty amazing to watch, and it gives me hope for the rest of the country.
Can’t wait to tell you all about our new place! In the meantime,
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What’s perfect about it? How did you end up there?