I love living at Alteza. Everyone who knows me understands I don’t just like it here, I love it. There are mornings when I’m perched on my sofa enjoying a cup of coffee as the morning amber sunrise washes the room, and I peer down at all of the cars driving into the city to begin the day. I think to myself, “I can’t go to work…I need to stay here and look out the window.” Despite days when life seems chaotic, my peaceful view of the tininess below reminds me that somehow everything fits together in a divine way—I am blessed—and all will be well.
Moving here from downtown Chicago, I missed a rich, dense experience that only an urban core can offer. Sometimes life feels as if it’s encased in bubble wrap, safe but suffocating; living here, I feel as though I can finally breathe. Running into friends, riding my bike and eating outside allow me to experience my community in raw form –to really feel it. I first experienced the thrill of city lights when I was seven; I knew at that moment that no matter where I moved, it would be downtown. It may sound silly, but being downtown fills my heart with joy. Urban cores are messy, sharing public sidewalks, parks, transit, smaller spaces–it’s not a manicured, gated neighborhood. I like to think that downtown promotes sharing; it binds us together, it ultimately changes social context and helps us realize we have more in common than we thought.
In addition to downtown, we have a fabulous neighborhood right here in our building. I think we boast the best neighbors ever–cool, fun people that it’s a pleasure to run into and are there if you need help (or an emergency can of diet coke). It’s definitely a place for those that want more out of life than Netflix. We have a 24-hour café and the amazing Ruth’s Chris downstairs if you don’t feel like cooking, a pool with the most extraordinary view of the center city and concierge staff that take my packages and assist me with reservations, visiting guests and other minor details—and who are helpful and kind beyond belief. I’ve never been a VIP, but living here makes me feel like one.
Residing at Alteza allows me to blend the old with the new (I love both). I’m enamored with the center city and its myriad of historical buildings currently being repurposed into coolness. I’m mad about Hemisfair, Blue Star, the Linda Pace Foundation and Southtown’s vibrancy, culinary offerings and urban aesthetic. Because I am an art addict, Southwest School of Art (SSA) and the adjoining Ricardo Legoretta-designed Central Library are my go-to respite spots. Central’s BFF, the SSA across the street, is a historic chapel / girl’s school meets repurposed Sears tire store cultivating a community appetite for art in the midst of an urban green oasis! Cha-ching! A bit down the street awaits the astonishingly exquisite Tobin Performing Arts Center, the Mission Reach portion of the river, the extraordinary collections at the San Antonio Museum of Art…I can go on for hours. Don’t just take my word for it—come feel what it’s like to live downtown and be a part of something real. You just might find you needed to be here even more than you realized.