22 reasons to ditch the suburbs & move to a downtown Austin LOFT.
Lofts are rising all over Austin overnight like a newly planted bean seed—pushing up clumps of earth in the “clubby” warehouse district, trailing up in the refreshing work/live East side, winding tendrils on vibrant South & North Lamar, reaching for the sun in the heart of SOCO, and promising to become some beautiful “beans” on swanky West 5th.
These lofty plans have names covering the alphabet from Alloya, Avenue Lofts, Austin City Lofts, Bel Air, Brazos Lofts, Bridges on the Park, Brown Building, Caswell Lofts, Guadalupe 31, Milago, Nokonah, Plaza Lofts, Satillo Lofts, The Rail Yard, Village on Congress, Waterstreet…(these are just a few). Some have innocuous identifiers: 1305 Lofts, Twentyone24 Lofts; but at least one is very direct: “6th & Brushy Lofts” …easy address for a dinner party…
The mayor of Austin reports that in the next 10 years over 25,000 people will move into our lovely downtown area—most likely in one of these fresh lofts. How about you? Ready for loft living?
I know there are at least 22 reasons why a person would thrive in an Austin loft…and here they come from the top of my bean pole:
1. You’ll be nicely positioned to jump on a bike spinning off any cobwebs to & from Zilker Park for the entire ACL Festival weekend. And you’ll be toned when you make it there for the tunes. Then in the spring you’ll be totally giddy with all the SXSW happenings on your doorstep. Nirvana.
2. Your grin will widen, and your endorphins will rise from more frequent attendance at area theatres. You’ll laugh more and extend your life.
3. You can send out-of-town visitors out (operative word: out) club hopping comfy with knowledge they are within crawling distance of your elevator… or doorstep in the case of a street side loft.
4. Your horizon will broaden–get a view already…seen any spectacular Texas sunsets in your suburb lately?
5. Your brain will expand, your dendrites will grow as you slip out your door and into the world of art show openings, CD release parties, edgy fashion shows, museum mixers, not to mention marveling at modern dance gracefully dangling from building frames–stunning.
6. The Saturday downtown farmers’ market will provide fresh food & flowers to last your entire week—you can hop right down there and oh yeah, no need for one of those wobbly wheeled shopping carts that always pulls to the right. And you won’t lose your car in a parking lot. And you’ll be supporting local farmers. And eating wisely with the seasons. Sweet.
7. You can easily fulfill our lofty Austin goal of attending a live music performance at least twice a week—Austin can only keep the title of “live music capital of the world” if we all do our part to support the musicians (who reportedly haven’t had a raise in 20 years). Go to a show. Now. Even before you move into your loft. Thanks!
8. Parades. Parades. Parades. Always wanted to watch the Aggies march down Congress Ave to the Capitol the day after Thanksgiving but didn’t have the “drive”? Step lively out of your loft and join the parade. But always Hook ’em-grin.
9. First Night Festivities. Oh my. Your head will spin with the multitude of great venue choices within skipping distance…and Austin weather is mild so you won’t have to put on 3 layers of long johns like I used to when attending First Night in the north. Yeah, I was a little stiff.
10. No more need/pressure to deck your exterior with extensive holiday decorations; no more ladders and lights—save energy. Go spin under the Zilker Tree and make wishes.
11. Limited need for trick-or-treat candy…no more suburban sized candy budgets. The party is on 6th street—you can walk right over (or hop if you’re a mummy). Austinites consistently come up with fantastic costumes. I love techies letting their hair down…
12. No more yard chores—major woohoo! No need to water or rake leaves (that fall all year from our diversity of trees in Austin) and no power washing.
13. The sun won’t beat on your roof, unless you scored a penthouse loft in which case you can afford the energy bill. (Hopefully these new lofts are being built green & wise and extra insulated). Or, perhaps your builder consulted the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Research Center and got the scoop on tried & true water wise plants for rooftop gardening. In which case the concrete around your building–and you in your penthouse–will be cooled. And cool.
14. Your dog (if you have one or two) will lose weight and be happier. We moved our dogs from suburbia to a chi chi apartment home without a yard, and now we’re back to suburbia again. The dogs were much happier having a million walks a day and Austin as their backyard. There’s at least one leash-less park right downtown if your dog is not an escape artist. I briefly watched a gleeful dog meet, greet & sniff this morning in a lakeside downtown park.
15. No more neighbor cats spraying your front bushes with their rank musk and sharpening their claws (and fangs) on your new cedar fence. Sorry cat lovers. They’re furry stink bombs.
16. No more vendors taping and rubber banding menus and service flyers to your front door (and making your animals go wacky). Our Irish wolfhound pushed out a brand new transom window when a telephone book company unwisely delivered their new books at 2 am.
17. No more pollsters, religious mean-wellers, and eager “save the environment” college students pressing their noses on your front door during dinner (and making said dogs go bonkers again). Sheesh, we just got our DO NOT CALL telephone request kicking in…
18. No more high school kids sitting out in their car next to your driveway smooching away with the bass cranked up. OK, yeah, I was younger once but I lived in a rural area with plenty of “parking places” far away from my own driveway-duh.
19. No more fear that your home will lose value because your neighbor’s house looks like a garage sale (every day).
20. No more cricks in your neck from pivoting around constantly when backing out of your drive to ensure you’re not running over the neighbor’s toy trikes…or (gulp) tyke.
21. You’ll expand your language skills by learning Morse code to flash communications to your lofty neighbor across the street.
22. You’ll have more time to become the person you want to be. Or maybe you’re already complete in which case dance around your loft with pure abandon.
There you have it. 22 mostly good reasons for ditching the suburbs and getting thyself into a downtown Austin loft. And we haven’t even discussed the interior options… or all the gas money you’ll save by luckily living/working downtown. Or at least spending your weekends on the hoof.
Happy lofting. Patti P.
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