We wanted to recreate the European way of life – walking the neighborhoods, knowing your neighbors, enjoying great food. When we lived in Hudson, I knew the neighbors across the street. Within one week here, we knew everybody.
I knew more people in one week in Little Italy than I knew in 15 years in Hudson. This is about living life to the fullest.
We came from Baltimore, which is a very liveable city. We weren’t ready for the suburbs and never being able to walk anywhere again. I love being able to walk to restaurants and not be dependent on driving. I walk to work as long as the weather permits.
University Circle has so much to offer. When I walk to work, I look around at the beautiful historic buildings and it reminds me of Europe. When I need a loaf of bread, I can get fresh baked bread right in the neighborhood, rather than getting in my car for a loaf from the grocery store.
It’s a beautiful area. There are wonderful institutions and Little Italy is great. It has a small town feel, separate from downtown, with great amenities.
To be three minutes from work is amazing. It’s especially beneficial when I have to work late. I feel safe getting home.
It’s wonderful to live close to where you work. And it’s a self-supporting thing. The more people who live in an area, the more businesses that follow, and it becomes a thriving center.
It’s a good opportunity for employees. Without this help, we wouldn’t have considered buying a house.
This made home ownership in the neighborhood I wanted to live, possible.
I feel I’ve not only invested in my home, but also in the community. I try hard to make the exterior look good. I’ve planted flowers and put wreaths up to make it inviting and welcoming. I want my home to be an asset in the neighborhood.
I wasn’t thinking about buying in the city. I was thinking of something in the country. I love fishing. I love hunting. But the additional funding was an incentive. I saw the benefit of being an ‘urban pioneer’ – taking a risk in building something in an urban area. I spent part of my childhood in this neighborhood. I feel I’m giving something back to the area by building something new here.