When you are deciding on a place to live – a city or even a neighbourhood – it’s important that you consider things like parking and alternate transportation options. Although parking may seem obvious to you if you own a vehicle, what may not seem obvious is that you don’t need a vehicle if public transportation in the area is really good.
Say you live in the heart of city, in a bustling metropolis, right at the centre of all the action. Perhaps you chose this sort of area because you like the scene or the convenience of attractions, or maybe its just close to work – who knows, the point is, in this situation you may face a problem. Parking in densely-packed city cores is often only had at a premium. You’re forever paying into meters, and you may have to pay extra for a parking spot where you live too, depending if you rent or buy, and it simply may not be worth it.
Typically, if you live within close proximately to any city’s downtown core, you have access to busses, subways, trams, cabs or even a light-rail system. If you consider that you likely won’t drive all that much on a regular basis because everything is within walking distance to you, you might just be wasting money paying for a parking spot on top of a car loan and insurance. Chances are that if you run the numbers, opting for public transport when you require it will save you bundles.
It’s also a nice change of pace to not have to worry about car maintenance and making sure it’s always outfitted with the correct gear according to the season. One of the biggest bonuses of city living is easy transit options – take advantage of it.