We liked the vision and future of the downtown area. We are so happy now!"Julie Ogden
Julie Ogden and her husband, Nicholas, have witnessed the transformation of the Downtown Crossing area since they moved downtown in 2007.
"We wanted to be in an up-and-coming urban environment," said Julie. "We liked the modern loft aesthetic. We liked the vision and future of the downtown area. We are so happy now!"
Julie said both her and Nicholas work within five minutes of their Washington Street home in the Crossing. She said they love the convenience of the neighborhood, whether it's the proximity to work or being only 15 minutes from their children's daycare in Chinatown.
"We don't spend time commuting," said Julie. "We have a grocery store. The pedestrian zone is our backyard."
Julie said the family enjoys warm days by bringing out the kids' tricycles or scooters and enjoying the "super neighborly" area. And in lieu of a backyard, the family utilizes the Boston Common.
The amenities of downtown are also a huge attraction, such as being mere feet away from Broadway in Boston musicals and Boston Ballet performances at the Boston Opera House.
The Ogdens, who have two children younger than four-years-old, have also seen the area become a family neighborhood.
"Of the four units on our floor, three of them have kids. In a way it's like being in a suburban neighborhood. There are kids to play with or go trick-or-treating with on Halloween," said Julie.
She added they love not needing a car to get around because Downtown Crossing is the hub of the transportation system. They can just hop on a train and get to where they need to go.