Today we are moving from our loft apartment to a little rental house in a nearby historic neighborhood. We hate to leave downtown, but we will be back... soon, I hope. In fact, this move is the repercussion of our trying to buy a space downtown to turn into a live/work -- Unit A.
It boasted 14' ceilings, fantastic brick walls, and a ton of well-detailed windows to the sidewalk. So sure it would work out, we decided to go ahead and put in our sixty day notice to end our apartment's lease. I even did some architectural photography of our apartment for the owner to aid them in finding a buyer. Our plans for Unit A were thwarted, however, when the owner decided to increase their asking price by fifty grand. It was a fun design project, nevertheless, and eventually it could work out. Here are some drawings of how we would have turned Unit A into a tight 2 bedroom condo with a small retail space to the street (the kids would even have a lofted play space):
After Unit A fell through, we had to find another place to live while we await the right opportunity to arise downtown. Brooke quickly found a small, cute square house in Cloverdale, still biking distance from work and walking distance from some restaurants and shops. Better yet, it has lower rent, no lease requirement, and no deposit. I'm hoping this is part of God's plan for us to find our place in downtown, but I am trying to be patient. In the meantime, I am really going to miss our casual family walks to 2Cities church, the Riverfront, the Biscuits baseball stadium, and all of the fountains around downtown.