Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Sound of Music

There is something enchanting about fountains. The sound of the water spilling over, the play of light as the drops rise and fall, something soothing and timeless pulls us in.

Towns built by Romans on water, like Aix-en-Provence, the city of a thousand fountains, whisper their way into the hearts of those who visit.

Fountains speak romance. Think Three Coins in the Fountain, the 1950s movie that immortalizes Italy’s Trevi fountain with its Frank Sinatra lyrics, and that brings us around to the sound of music.

Not the movie, but the echoes of sheer delight that drift up to my windows from the fountain just across from Park and Market. This beautiful little corner with flags flying and the blue umbrellas, makes the perfect place to sit for awhile and for children to run in endless circles, stopping to dip a hand in the water, laughing the entire time.

On Friday evenings, the sound of music kicks up a notch with the amplified sounds of Emerging Artists concerts. The long cool shadow of the Captrust Tower plays over the perfect stage that is probably meant be an outdoor restaurant one day. A relaxing way to start the weekend, and wherever I am at home – in my living room or under those blue umbrellas – I’ve got a front row seat.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Snug as a Bug in a Rug

Last night during the thunderous rain, I got the urge to bake some healthy breakfast muffins. This new recipe called for King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour, something new to me. Of course I found it at the Harris Teeter downstairs – this store is truly large enough to carry everything!

Sharing the elevator on the way back up with a neighbor, we talked easily about the joys of living at Park and Market, and agreed that maybe the best feature of all was exactly this, making a run to the grocery on a rainy night without going outside. You know, snug as a bug in a rug…

Her conclusion, “Why would anyone want a house, when you could have all this?” Indeed!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Counting the Ways...

Last time I mentioned life is good, and before I could stop myself, ended up saying it’s the neighbors in the hood who make Park and Market home. Sure enough, the next week at Coquette one of my followers teased me unmercifully for that one.

So, I got to thinking, why take my word for it when you can see what my neighbors are saying. We all had a chance to comment recently using an online resident survey, and I was able to look at the topline results. Turns out, I’m not the only one who thinks life is good at Park and Market.

What do we love best? The staff!!! Hands down, our team was praised for being friendly, professional, responsive, knowledgeable, helpful, and great at communicating and getting us together.

Email blasts and signage in the elevators do a great job of letting everyone know what’s happening not only in our building but all around North Hills.

Opportunities for meeting other residents through social events and classes are clearly appreciated. Favorites so far?

* Beach Music on the Commons in our own hospitality tent – doesn’t get any better than this for summer nights with new friends and neighbors
* Abs and Salsa classes by the pool

We’ve also enjoyed Meet Ups at North Hills restaurants and social/tasting events in our club room.

Keep up the great work seems to be a common theme and as for what else we’d like to try, how about more exercise classes and personal trainer events to maximize our workouts in the Fitness Center, movie nights, game nights, wine tastings, cooking classes.

Clearly our growing group of neighbors likes to spend time together. Thank you Park and Market team for all you do to make us feel at home!