Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I spent yesterday afternoon in downtown Detroit and couldn't have picked a better day to be there. It was a gorgeous spring day with lots of people out and about. It was such a nice day that even Detroit seemed like a thriving, vibrant, happy place!

I went to Detroit to look at apartments. BB and I aren't sure if we want to rent or own our next home, and we're not exactly sure where we want it to be, so we're exploring all our options. The idea of living in an apartment in the city is appealing, but we'd have to give up a lot of space. The big question is: what would we do with all our stuff? And also: how much would we miss having our own yard?

I looked at two places downtown yesterday, a high-rise apartment and a new "loft" development on Woodward Ave. I also walked around a lot and took myself out to lunch. The result of this exploration is that I'm sure I'd like living downtown. There's a lot more going on in Detroit than you'd imagine & I've always been a city girl at heart. I LOVE the idea of being able to walk to so many things - restaurants, shops, cultural venues, the library, the YMCA, the river, etc... But, alas, the loft development is out of our price range and the high-rise was not as nice as I'd expected.

It was also unfortunate that my camera battery died right after I took this shot. I'll have to go back soon for a photo safari.


Barb Black said...

Wow... the last time I was in Detroit was to see a production of Annie at Fisher Theater. I think I was 14 years old. It's about the last place I'd want to go back to, yet you make it sound so appealing!

Best of luck on the search for your new adobe!

Hermit on the Hill said...

From the stories I keep hearing on NPR, you can "buy a house for less than a car" in Detroit. It's attracted a LOT of European "investors" and there's a whole neighborhood of artists moving in somewhere.

Hilarywho said...

Yes, you can buy a house for as little as 5,000 - 8,000 dollars in Detroit - but not in any neighborhoods where I'd want to live!