I spent two years of commuting from North Saint Louis County to Downtown St. Louis , for work . I was driving more than twenty minutes each way for work and my son’s school. The two of us were living in a 2 bedroom rental. It was a cute little 2 bedroom house. I had the luxury of having a driveway a designated office space and the convenience of having an laundry area in the basement! It was nice, plenty of space, but a not so great neighborhood! We needed a change and I grew up near the Downtown area, so it didn’t take long for me to make a decision to move back to familiar territory. This journey was a little different because I was losing a lot of space and privacy. But, I decided to make the the jump and we moved into a two bedroom apartment right in the heart of Downtown St. Louis, there is so much history and everything is right outside my door! I can walk to work, restaurants, shopping etc.
My son’s school is a less than a mile from our house. We went from our rental to sharing a 1 laundry room that serves 90 units! Don’t get my wrong there have been sacrifices. The driveway is now a distant fantasy and I pay for parking in an underground garage. Climbing three flights of stairs with groceries can be a challenge but also a great way to get into shape. I knew my son would be losing out on being able to go out and play in a “traditional” neighborhood but he loves it and he attends the Boys and Girls Club . There is so much diversity in the city, culturally, racially and economically. I want him to be prepared for the real world and be able to be around people who are different from himself without compromising his convictions. He has a long life ahead of him and so do I!
Until next time…
5 thoughts on “Is Suburban Living Overrated?”
I love this! I’m in the suburbs and feel like I miss out on all the great resources you can only find downtown.
Yes people spend so muc time commuting. We are losing our lives in the car!!
City living dont seem so bad