1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

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lacrossebrother
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1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby lacrossebrother » Thu Mar 19, 2015 7:42 am

Worth $300/month to live across the street from the office?

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby whitecollar23 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 7:48 am

lacrossebrother wrote:Worth $300/month to live across the street from the office?


Depends upon if you prefer that, how much you're making, what the base cost of rent would be, etc.

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby BeenDidThat » Thu Mar 19, 2015 7:56 am

It depends.

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby baal hadad » Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:11 am

Your office? Walk. Hate traffic around there

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby FSK » Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:29 am

How stupid is the average driver where you live?

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby seizmaar » Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:44 am

i live 5 minute walk from my office and you'd be amazed at how much it helps your QOL/stress levels not to compete with idiots on the road every day. but also depends on the location you'll be living.

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby lacrossebrother » Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:57 am

seizmaar wrote:i live 5 minute walk from my office and you'd be amazed at how much it helps your QOL/stress levels not to compete with idiots on the road every day. but also depends on the location you'll be living.

ya lots of traffic. think i'll do it.

actually price becomes even if i drop down to a 590 sq. ft studio vs. a ~720 1br.
anyone live in a studio? is it pretty chill if you rarely cook and dont expect guests too often?

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby drs36 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:58 am

Went from a 15-20 min commute (admittedly not bad) to a 10 min walk/1-2 min drive. Appreciably better. If you're making enough where $300 doesn't matter, take the walk.

Also, do you get free parking?

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby zombie mcavoy » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:02 am

if this would allow you to completely ditch your car, too, that'd make them closer to the same price.

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby MarkfromWI » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:03 am

If you're working biglaw then a studio should be fine with the limited amount of time you'll be spending there. It was before law school, but I lived in a studio while working full-time and it wasn't too bad.

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby seizmaar » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:09 am

the downside to studio is that people you bring over for romantic reasons may judge you because your bedroom is in your kitchen. the upside is that it's so easy to make the couch-->bedroom transition.

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby chuckbass » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:09 am

I live in a studio now and I love it. As long as you can set it up well, it shouldn't be a problem. I even oddly have a decent kitchen despite living in 425 sq ft.

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby FloridaCoastalorbust » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:16 am

lacrossebrother wrote:
seizmaar wrote:i live 5 minute walk from my office and you'd be amazed at how much it helps your QOL/stress levels not to compete with idiots on the road every day. but also depends on the location you'll be living.

ya lots of traffic. think i'll do it.

actually price becomes even if i drop down to a 590 sq. ft studio vs. a ~720 1br.
anyone live in a studio? is it pretty chill if you rarely cook and dont expect guests too often?


0L. I lived in a studio 3 mins away from work for a year, and a 1br (for $400 less/month) 20 mins away. Making half of what a biglawyer does, I found paying the extra $400 to easily be worth it.

Your QOL, as an earlier poster mentioned, will be so much higher living 1 min away. Living close to work is amazing. If you forget something, you can dash out. Go home for lunch. Stay out until 1am and wake up 30 mins before work if your friends are partying and still get 6-7 hrs of sleep and not feel rushed.

In terms of studio living, I didn't find it to be a problem as a bachelor. More space is always nice, sure, but it easily gets the job done (and I cooked every day for 5 meals/day).

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:40 am

Personally, I hate living right near work because I feel like I'm never not at work. I like to go home and not be anywhere near where I work so I feel like I'm really away from it. And a 6-10 minute drive is nothing. But certainly being across the street and walking would be super convenient.

And 590 sq ft for a studio is pretty decent. I've definitely had 1 BRs close to that.

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby Big Shrimpin » Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:07 am

A. Nony Mouse wrote:Personally, I hate living right near work because I feel like I'm never not at work. I like to go home and not be anywhere near where I work so I feel like I'm really away from it.


this

also gives u zero excuse for coming back in for "emergencies"

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby zombie mcavoy » Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:23 am

Big Shrimpin wrote:also gives u zero excuse for coming back in for "emergencies"

yeah i definitely wouldn't advertise that I lived literally across the street.

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby mvp99 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:29 am

if 300 less was accompanied by no need for a car + gas this would be a no brainer for me. I wouldn't care about 200 sq f less.. less space to store the unnecessary shit I buy

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby Capitol_Idea » Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:32 am

Definitely worth it - my wife and I lived in a 550 sq. ft. 1 BR for 3 years early in our relationship, it's easily doable.

Also jealous of your proximity - I've gone full suburbia what with the horde of kids I'm apparently having, so one hour plus commutes every day = blech.

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby lacrossebrother » Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:57 am

seizmaar wrote:the downside to studio is that people you bring over for romantic reasons may judge you because your bedroom is in your kitchen. the upside is that it's so easy to make the couch-->bedroom transition.

ya actually it's 620 sq ft for the studio or there's a 580 sq. ft option for a "studio plus" with a walled off (no door) bedroom.
not sure what's the better move

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:01 am

lacrossebrother wrote:
seizmaar wrote:the downside to studio is that people you bring over for romantic reasons may judge you because your bedroom is in your kitchen. the upside is that it's so easy to make the couch-->bedroom transition.

ya actually it's 620 sq ft for the studio or there's a 580 sq. ft option for a "studio plus" with a walled off (no door) bedroom.
not sure what's the better move

The downside for me of a studio was sitting on my bed to eat/watch TV/read/do everything - it just felt like I never moved from the bed. So having even that little separation of having the bed walled off would have been nice. That said, it was when I was in grad school so I spent a lot more time there than you probably will, so it may not be an issue for you.

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby chuckbass » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:16 am

I think it really depends on how the place is laid out, but that sounds more than big enough. I have enough room for a normal kitchen table and then a couch/tv area.

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby LeDique » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:24 am

lacrossebrother wrote:
seizmaar wrote:the downside to studio is that people you bring over for romantic reasons may judge you because your bedroom is in your kitchen. the upside is that it's so easy to make the couch-->bedroom transition.

ya actually it's 620 sq ft for the studio or there's a 580 sq. ft option for a "studio plus" with a walled off (no door) bedroom.
not sure what's the better move

This sounds a lot like the "studio" I had in 3L. It was actually a pretty awesome set-up. There was one of those accordion door things you could pull shut to "wall off" the bedroom but I never once used it. My buddy paid $2-300 more for a 1BR in the same building, and it felt like mine had more space.

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:45 pm

Why the hell would you want to live across the street from your office? Are you that committed to having your entire life revolve around work?

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby Big Shrimpin » Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:01 pm

dixiecupdrinking wrote:Why the hell would you want to live across the street from your office? Are you that committed to having your entire life revolve around work?


yea unless its a sweet area dont live across street from work

ill reiterate that when shit hits the fan, ull be the first one they call to go into office if they know how far away u live

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Re: 1 minute walk commute vs. 6-10 min drive

Postby ruski » Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:23 pm

Big Shrimpin wrote:
dixiecupdrinking wrote:Why the hell would you want to live across the street from your office? Are you that committed to having your entire life revolve around work?


yea unless its a sweet area dont live across street from work

ill reiterate that when shit hits the fan, ull be the first one they call to go into office if they know how far away u live


do any of you work in biglaw? this doesn't make any sense. if you're staffed to deal B, you are responsible for everything on deal B. not like one day there will be a 7am fire drill and partner will be like, you know what, jon lives across the street, lets just call him in to handle this aspect of the deal. and when staffing deals staffing partners look at peoples hours, not where people live.

OP this is awesome set up. it would be nice to disappear on a slow afternoon and just go home and be with SO/clean up/grocery shopping/do other stuff around house. nothing worse than having a dead afternoon and just staring at your screen till 7pm. there is nothing worse than doing nothing all day at work, coming home at 7 or 8, and then doing chores all evening.




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