06 Apr “This was a big move for us. And we hit a ten-strike.”
“This was a big move for us.
And we hit a ten-strike.”
This month, we’re extremely pleased to be able to begin sharing some unique perspectives on The Wade: on-the-scene reports from a few of the people who’ve made it their home. First, we hear from Susan and Chris Valauri.
ON GOING FROM PLAN TO REALITY
One thing I can say is that as we stood on the red dirt lot and tried to imagine what our home up on the third floor would be like, it’s actually exceeded our expectations. We couldn’t quite visualize how beautiful the view over Bishops Park would be.
ON THEIR NEW HOME
The first thing that surprised me was how spacious the units themselves are. We have empty shelves and drawers, even with the things we brought from the house. And the attention to detail – it’s just a really excellent building. We’ve had a lot of friends come by; they were of course curious about what it would be like, and it’s been a real hit.
I find that we do much more entertaining now. This location really lends itself to impromptu gatherings – both with our neighbors in the building, and with friends who live downtown or in the suburbs. The Wade is a central point where we all can meet up. It doesn’t have to be a formal, planned thing. It’s spontaneous and a lot of fun.
ON HOW THEY GOT HERE
We had been in our home for 23 years, and we started out planning on remodeling. But we knew of Beacon St. and their reputation, from Fairview Row over in Five Points. We have friends who live there and we felt a little bit like we had missed out on that opportunity. And the more we began to think about it, the more this seemed like something perfect. So we took the plunge.
ON A SENSE OF ADVENTURE
Living here has made us a little more adventurous in trying new places. It’s easy to get into a routine after 20 years, but here we’re so close to Cameron Village and Five Points, the coffee shop and our bank. It’s really a great central spot that everything radiates out from. Last weekend we just hopped in the car and drove to Layered, the new bakery on West St. It’s a two-minute drive.
We wanted to simplify and streamline. When we travel, it’s so nice to just lock one door, walk out, and not have to worry about anything. We have convenience to the things we enjoy, and we eliminate the hassles. We find ourselves unencumbered. Any time you can do that, it gives you a sense of freedom, a spring in your step.