City living is not only for the young. Whether because of a job, lifestyle or personal tastes, many thirty year olds remain living in urban areas. However, at thirty years old living in a dingy, small apartment may not be desirable. Below are some ideas for living in a city in your thirties.
By this point, you probably have a higher-paying job than you did when just out school, and may even have set aside some savings or made investments. Better financial stability means you can afford a nicer, newer apartment. When looking for a new apartment in a city, first check the luxury apartment buildings. Buildings with concierges, ones that were newly built or that have upgraded appliances, countertops and carpets are indications that the building is a luxury complex. Private, assigned parking is another signal that the building is upscale.
Get What You Need
In your twenties, you had to take what you could get. Often, this meant forgoing certain things or changing your lifestyle so that chores, luxuries and other things fit within your budget. Maybe you walked rather than drove to the grocery store; maybe your apartment didn’t have a dishwasher; or maybe the building was old or unsafe. In your thirties, it’s time to obtain the things you need for your life. This means going beyond the essentials and no longer making due with what you have. Appliances, including a washer, dryer and dishwasher are all but essential, as is a car to get to the grocery store and run other errands. Living in an urban area will be easier, nicer and fitting to your age if you stop skimping on necessities.
Within any urban area there are neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are not like the planned communities in the suburbs, but are neighborhoods with distinct personalities and residents nonetheless. It is wise to live in a neighborhood inhabited by individuals of a similar age and income level. This will prevent you from living in too youthful of an area, which could be noisy or hold cheaper, older apartments.
Keep an Eye on Your Comfort
Living with the necessities of life should also be comfortable. Make sure that your commute to work, proximity to restaurants and other of the city’s attractions is not too long. While living further away from the city could mean cheaper rents, it will not be as much fun because of the distance to the city’s nightlife and downtown business area.
Thinking of your move to an urban area as long-term will enable you to make a better choice about where to live. Not moving in the foreseeable future will create a sense of permanence and force you to consider all aspects of the building rather than just a few. For example, while you may not currently have a car you may purchase one in the future, and then you will need parking for the vehicle. This means you will need to consider the building’s parking situation. Another example is the commute to work. If you know that your office will always be downtown you must factor the time it will take to drive or use public transportation to get to work no matter which job you hold.