Considering moving downtown but not sure if it’s the right time? We’ve put together a checklist of questions to help you decide if you’re ready to live the urban dream.

Are you looking to cut drive time, minimize commutes and maximize opportunity?

Living downtown puts you in close proximity to Birmingham’s business district, presenting a variety of jobs and opportunity literally at your door step. There are lots of places to live around Birmingham, but many of those locations require substantial drive-time and put you right in the middle of rush hour traffic to get where you’re going. Living downtown significantly reduces the amount of time you have to spend in the car and, in many cases, even enables you to walk to work. Imagine all that you could do with the extra time you used to spend in the car! The opportunities are endless!

Has living in the city always sounded good but presented a cost problem?

In Birmingham it sure doesn’t! Birmingham is actually one of the most affordable cities to live in! You can get all the benefits of living right in the heart of the city without having to pay a premium. So, if you’re living on a budget, maybe it’s time to consider moving downtown, which will not only present affordable rent options, but it may even save you some gas money!

Do you like to be a part of the action?

There is so much going on downtown, from nightlife to Birmingham’s acclaimed food scene. There are concerts and events galore whether at Iron City, the Lyric Theater, Workplay or Regions Field. Being minutes away from all of these iconic venues means you’ll never find yourself without something to do.

Have you ever wanted to experience a modern renaissance?

What is happening in downtown Birmingham is actually incredible. In recent years, the city started to see a tangible revitalization. With the help of organizations like REV Birmingham, the city is blossoming, striking a balance between preserving its rich history and writing a new, vibrant chapter. People are flocking downtown and jumping at the opportunity to contribute to the movement.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, maybe it’s time for you to take the leap and give downtown living a shot. You won’t want to miss the chance to experience the magic of the Magic City – check out the 3D floor plans of Birmingham’s newest downtown apartments here!