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I have been here for a few months now, signed a 1-year lease. When looking for a place, I liked the contemporary feel of many of the loft options in the area, but I really wanted something less industrial, more warm and cozy. I feel I got that with my apartment.
They have several apartment sizes from 600ish-sq.-ft. loft spaces to 1,100ish-sq.-ft. 2br/2ba units. It is a gated community and the gates are only open when the front office is open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Most of the tenants I have seen are urban professionals, students, and some young families.
I decided on one of the largest floor plans, dual master with 1 and 3/4 bath, approx 1,100 sq. ft. I am on the first level and really can’t hear the neighbors much through the walls like other places I have been. I have a nice-sized patio with access through large patio doors from the dining area and one of the bedrooms, and a small storage area, plus a detached garage. The management is nice and I enjoy going in to pick up a movie or three, and occasionally they host social hours for the tenants.
Initially hesitant with the proximity to ASU’s downtown campus (didn’t want a bunch of rowdy college students running around at all hours partying at the pool like I had at a previous apartment experience in the North Valley), I have found it to be quite peaceful during the week and it is super quiet on weekends. Sure, occasionally on First Fridays or when you have a lot going on downtown you can hear some party goers, but as far as I have seen and heard they are either at Alta across the street or walking outside the complex to get to their cars or a local club.
I love the convenience to my office (six blocks). I can hit either the Van Buren and Central Light Rail Station or the Roosevelt Station pretty quickly, and there is a bus stop in front of the complex. The walk to US Airways, Science Center, Convention Center, Chase Field, Orpheum, Dodge Theater or Herberger Theater is quick, well lit and relatively safe. I haven’t even started on the numerous bars, restaurants and clubs that are also too easy to walk to and stumble home from.
I have to this point had a very good experience.
The Met is located at 200 E. Fillmore St. in Evans Churchill (light rail station at Van Buren and Central/1st Ave) — 602.258.6387
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Last week’s games
04/16 — PADRES 6, D-backs 3
04/17 — PADRES 5, D-backs 0
04/18 — PADRES 5, D-backs 3
04/19 — CARDINALS 4, D-backs 2
04/20 — D-BACKS 9, Cardinals 7
04/21 — CARDINALS 9, D-backs 4
This week’s games
04/23 — D-backs vs. Phillies, 6:40 p.m., MLBTV
04/24 — D-backs vs. Phillies, 5:10 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
04/25 — D-backs vs Phillies, 1:10 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
04/26 — D-backs @ Rockies, 5:40 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
04/27 — D-backs @ Rockies, 5:40 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
04/28 — D-backs @ Rockies, 12:10 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
04/29 – D-backs @ Cubs, 11:20 a.m., Fox Sports Arizona
The Arizona Diamondbacks have struggled to get some wins as of late, but it has not been without some decent performances from the team. Most of the losses have come as a result of poor performances from their pitching relief, as the D-backs boast some of the most runs produced by a National League West team. After returning from a couple of tough visits on the road, the D-backs were able to snap a five-game losing streak by beating the mighty Cardinals at home. Despite losing the series against St. Louis, the story was, once again, the bullpen.
The D-backs’ schedule is not getting easier any time soon, as the team prepares to face the Philadelphia Phillies for a three-game homestand. In addition to some good baseball, there are some more reasons why you should get out to Chase Field this weekend. The weekend is booked with fan promotions as Arizona will face one of the toughest teams in the National League.
On Friday, the D-backs will host Fireworks Night after the game. The best place to sit after the game is anywhere facing the Washington Street parking garage, as the fireworks are usually launched from that location. Attendees will be allowed to move once the game has completed to get a better view of the show. On Saturday, the first 15,000 fans will receive a commemorative All-Star Justin Upton bobblehead doll for attending the game. Finally, on Sunday, the first 5,000 kids 12 and under will receive a D-backs ballcap.
There is plenty going on in and around Chase Field this weekend. So, if you are looking for something to do, get out there and catch a game. Remember that every Sunday is family day and is a great day to bring the kids out to the game. On Monday, the team begins an 11-game road trip that includes the Rockies, the Cubs and the Astros. With some challenging teams coming up on the schedule, it looks to be the perfect opportunity for the Arizona Diamondbacks to make a statement and a comeback.
Chase Field is accessible via the 3rd Street and Washington/Jefferson light rail stations.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking solid at the beginning of the season as they continue to perform well against their opponents. On the heels of the San Francisco Giants and tied with Colorado, Arizona continues to prove that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the 2010 baseball season. The team is currently in Southern California as they attempted to win their first series against the Los Angeles Dodgers since the summer of 2007. The D-backs will also face the San Diego Padres, who gave the team a run for its money while at Chase Field in the home-opening series.
Losing the Dodgers’ home opener, the Diamondbacks persevered to earn a 9-7 win on Wednesday night that went 11 innings and was five hours long, going into the early hours of the morning in Los Angeles. In the final game of the series, the two teams would exchange the lead twice, with the Dodgers coming out on top. Despite the loss, the D-backs are well on pace of winning three series before they did last season, when the team did not win their third series until May. The team made a valiant effort on Thursday as they lost the game in extra innings.
The D-backs will return to Phoenix to face some pretty challenging teams, as the St. Louis Cardinals are on the schedule for Monday. The Cardinals have been solid for the past few years, as Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday bring the lumber to Chase Field. Chris Carpenter is also a pretty challenging pitcher for the entire league to face, as the pitchers for the series have yet to be nailed down.
The D-backs will look to maintain their momentum as the relief staff has shown signs of inconsistency but is not quite as bad as last year. The team has also executed on some excellent defense, despite the two errors on Thursday night, and appears to be doing a pretty good job of providing more run support than the team of last year.
Most fans may already know that taking advantage of the METRO light rail is an excellent way to dodge the parking fees and get to the ballpark. If you are meeting up with a group, there are plenty of places nearby to grab some food or a pregame beverage. So, throw on your D-backs gear and get to the game anyway that you know how to support your team as they prepare to face off against some of the toughest teams in the National League East.
Next stop: 3rd St. and Washington!
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Explore Your Core: Light Rail | Central & Washington
DPJ and Light Rail Blogger Tony Arranaga get off the line to explore the neighborhood near the Central/Washington Light Rail station.