Every internet article I seem to read this time of year is a Top 10 List.
With that in mind, I am compiling my Top Ten Reasons to Move to Syracuse.
What makes me qualified to write this blog? Well, I am an expert on Syracuse. I have lived here for four months. I went to Fayetteville for the first time last week to get my nails done.
In all seriousness, I am very new to Central New York. I have no family or prior ties to Syracuse. After seven years in Chicago, I moved to Syracuse this past August. I moved out of my high rise apartment, quit my job, and drove across the country in a U-Haul. Now, like most moves and life changes, it was met with much fear and trepidation. Four months later, I am happy to say I made the right decision.
- No Traffic – I used to commute an hour each way to go 20 miles. Add a little rain or snow, and the trip doubled. Once I was stuck on the train for over 4 hours. Now I walk 2 blocks to work and it’s a 15 minute drive to literally everywhere else.
- More disposable income – I was surprised to find that in addition to housing being less expensive, so are the haircuts, parking, and gym memberships (if I had one). Especially for students that take out loans, Syracuse’s cost of living makes it much more affordable.
- Travel – Yes, there aren’t as many direct flights, but there aren’t the hour long security lines either. Last trip, I made it from the parking garage to the gate in less than 15 minutes. Beat that. Plus, you can spend the $5000 a year you saved on housing to travel instead.
- More Free Time – With less commuting, there is more time to develop hobbies, volunteer, take classes and actually start investing in the community.
- No Reservations – I made a restaurant reservation in Chicago last year. I called two months in advance and the only available time was a Sunday at 5pm. Not here, I can show up without reservations to popular restaurants such as Pastabilities and Alto Cinco with only a little wait.
- Natural Beauty –Syracuse has the Finger Lakes, wineries and lovely surrounding nature-scapes.
- Wegman’s – There is a grocery store here called “Wegmans”. It is incredible. You should check it out.
- Arts/Sports – I love the Arts; my fiancé loves sports. Fortunately, there are ample opportunities for both.
- Farmer’s Market – The regional market on Saturdays is inspiring. I bought so many peaches that I made a pie. I don’t even know how to bake!
- New York City – If you are really dying for the city life, you can always take a day trip to NYC. Plus, when you tell people you live in New York, they assume New York City anyways.