Thursday, October 18, 2007
10 Reasons for Why I Stay In Dupont Circle
Sometimes I wonder why I continue to live in this overpriced neighborhood. I've been in my condo 15 years, and in the 'hood for 18, and I'm jonesing for a different lifestyle. Or so I tell myself. I find it tougher and tougher to battle winters here, not because they've gotten worse, but because I've lost my patience with being cold. A post on Brazen Careerist got me jotting down notes on why I stay here, and I've come up with the following 10 reasons:
1. Low mortgage payment. I bought my condo when you could get a great place for under 100K.
2. WalkScore of 97. I don't think there are many other places in this country that can top that. Although it does contribute to the still-high condo prices here.
3. Fast access to great bike trails. And stretches of Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park are closed to cars on the weekends.
4. Family nearby. Close enough to visit without traveling all day, but far enough so that they don't drop in unexpectedly.
5. Escape of urban escape. A few minutes of driving and it looks like you're out of the city altogether.
6. Close to beaches. Rehoboth is only a three-hour drive away.
7. The gay thing. Although I have seen more and more young (straight) couples with strollers (and stroller inhabitants) over the past year, 17th Street is still home to four gay bars in two blocks, and the Dupont Circle area is still known for its acceptance of "alternative lifestyles." Those of us who have been here a long time refer to the hood as the ghetto. I've gotten comfortable here, although we can still experience gay bashing nearby.
8. Close to the Metro. I'm about three blocks (or so) from the subway system.
9. Nearby friends. It's just a quick hike to where we all hang out.
10. Tons of employment possibilities. Tons.