Outdoor Adventurer Moving To The City? Look For These Features In An Apartment

Posted on: 3 August 2016

When you love outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and fishing, moving to an apartment in the big city for work may not be something you're excited about. It's tough to imagine living the lifestyle you enjoy most in a small apartment on a busy street. While you will certainly have to make some adjustments, it is possible to find an apartment that allows you to maintain a more active, outdoorsy lifestyle in spite of being in a city. Here are the key features to look for in an apartment.

Accessibility to trails and paths.

If you have to get in your car and drive every time you want to see the outdoors, you're going to feel more trapped. So, look for an apartment that at least offers access to a bike path, a walking trail, or some easy-to-explore woods. Whenever you need a quick getaway to nature, all you'll need to do is walk out the door. It won't be quite as satisfying as being out in the mountains or in a deserted forest, but it will be better than constantly being surrounded by skyscrapers.

Storage space.

If you want to keep doing activities like kayaking, hiking, and the like, you'll need a space to store the gear you use for these activities. So, make sure any apartment you choose has a spacious storage area. A garage will work fine in most cases, though if your apartment only has on-street parking, you'll want to make sure there is a storage area or basement where you can keep your things. Without this space, you may be forced to get rid of your things, and then you're not as likely to participate in the activities you love.

A utility sink.

When you get home after a day of hiking or biking, you'll need a place to wash your gear. A bathtub won't really do the trick – it will only be a matter of time before you clog the drains or stain the porcelain. Many apartments have utility sinks, either in the laundry area or in a shared-use basement. Looking for one will save you a lot of headaches and make it easier to engage in the activities you love.

If you can find an apartment that makes it easy to access at least a small slice of nature, has space to store your items, and has a utility sink where you can wash up, maintaining your outdoorsy lifestyle in the city will be easier than you think.


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