Style Tuesday: Urban Lifestyle

June 28, 2011 at 2:23 am 1 comment

A few weeks ago I started talking with a man while we were both waiting for something. This happens often (not just men, women too!). This is a trait that I have inherited from Nanny A – starting random short conversations in which I find out too many personal details about an individual in a short time.

For instance, I know this approximately 55 year-old weathered looking guy is a self-employed gas fitter and plumber whose wife likes to wear her nails long (about three quarters of an inch past her fingertips) but gets very irritated when one breaks. He enjoys getting pedicures and manicures and he would never live in an old house where the plumbing and electrical were not up to today’s standards.

In fact, this man cannot understand why his friend gave up his huge new house in Stittsville with a large acreage to move to an old but completely renovated home in Westboro which he purchased for the exact same price as he made on the larger subarban home’s sale.

Everyone’s taste is different and so is their personal style. If it weren’t, the world would be so boring! Lifestyle is no exception; we all choose different ways of setting up our lives within our own personal constraints. We choose to live in an urban, family-friendly neighborhood because it suits our personal lifestyle.

Here’s what we love:

  • Going days without needing the lone family car (both of us working from home helps!)
  • Walking the kids to school and stopping for coffee and errands on the way home
  • Having a “main street” which allows us to run into our friends and neighbours daily
  • A fantastic community centre within walking distance
  • A plethora of parks, bike paths and a beach with a licensed cafe (100 m from our home)
  • Walking to restaurants
  • A vibrant, active, engaged community

Movie night at Westboro Beach - next one is July 8th!

That’s our style. It’s a choice. Occasionally I think about the dollars I could put in the bank if I lived in similar-sized home in a suburb (though with a second car, gas, and insurance I’m not sure it would be that significant). But it never gets further than that. It’s just not my style (or Derek’s).

So to the guy who didn’t understand his friend I say, it’s just not your style… but your shirt is not my style, neither are your long man fingernails.

So, what is your personal lifestyle preference? What do you love about your neighborhood, suburban or urban or country? I think I might like country but Derek could never handle it.


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  • 1. mostlyfitmom  |  July 6, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Having grown up in a small town (pop’n 500 or so), there are nice things about it, like having lots of family around, being able to walk or bike everywhere in town, knowing most people, etc. But, having lived in a city (pop’n of about 250,000) that’s not gigantic but definitely with more amenities (movies, grocery stores open every day, access to shopping, not having to drive to the doctor, dentist, optometrist), I’m not sure I could go back. I sort of like the anonymity of a larger community, but, at the same time, there are a lot of people around that my husband or I know from growing up or university, so there’s still a sense of community where we live.


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