Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Location, Location, Location

People often tell me how lucky I am to live in such a fantastic neighborhood. I live in easy walking distance of:

  • four grocery stores

  • the public library

  • a post office

  • two dozen or so great restaurants

  • three neighborhood pubs

  • four coffee shops

  • a fun variety of retail shops

  • a dry cleaner

  • two fantastic parks

  • a beautiful lake

  • in easy bicycling distance of my office

When people comment on where I live, the conversation usually goes something like this:

Them: "You are so lucky to live in this awesome neighborhood!"

Me: "I agree that it is a fantastic neighborhood. But I am not lucky to live here. I chose to live here."

Them: "I could never afford to buy a house in this neighborhood."

Me: "Sure you can! It just wouldn't be as big as your current one."

Them: "But I couldn't live without my...(fill in the blank)...walk in closet, double garage, jacuzzi tub, four bedroom house, etc."

At that point I change the topic because folks like that can't imagine giving up a material possession or home amenity in exchange for the increased quality of life that a neighborhood community offers. I wouldn't trade my tiny one-bedroom condo in a fantastic neighborhood for a huge, hulking house in the strip-mall suburbs for ANYTHING!

1 comment:

change is a good thing said...

Isn't that the truth?! I love my 750' condo in a great neighborhood! :)