|Riverwalk Apartments, Waukesha|
There are definitely benefits to living in the heart of the city versus living in the more rural areas. The biggest benefit--being close to all the fun and excitement that comes with city living. When I moved to the Riverwalk Apartments in February 2008, downtown was revitalizing itself. Not even the catastrophic flooding of June 2008 could stop downtown. That summer People's Park, the Clarke Hotel, and other shops opened--making downtown more inviting. It was an event filled summer with the Harley-Davidson celebration and national recording acts played at Cutler Park.
|June 2008 Fox River Flooding in Waukesha|
(Side note - when I went to Carroll, it wasn't really recommended to students to go downtown by themselves or really at all. Downtown didn't have much to offer at that time for students and came across as a scary place. What a difference a few years make as now Carroll partners with downtown businesses on promotions and that entire opinion has been changed. Good job!)
|Madison Street Condominiums, Waukesha|
|Sentry Liquor Crew Bike Ride|
However, along with living so close to everything came the sights and sounds of a busy downtown--noisy vehicles, people yelling, loud music, and fire trucks leaving the station at all hours of the night to name a few. I didn't get angry and bitter about it, I realize it's part of living in an area that is more populated by businesses than residential and sometimes it was actually quite comforting to know there were so many people around. For some people, they enjoy city sounds all the time.
For me, it was good for a while and I became used to some of it but obviously, a one-bedroom place wasn't going to be my forever home. I decided to get out of my lease-to-own property and began the search for a real place outside of downtown. I definitely appreciated living so close to everything (as did my car), but I wanted something with a bit of a yard and more square footage.
Part two will talk about my next places that I have lived in the city and the benefits (and drawbacks) of those. But overall, I would recommend Waukesha to anyone of any age looking for a place to live. It has downtown, city, and rural life all in one and provides a little bit of something for everyone.