High gas prices rekindle desire for urban living – newsjournalonline.com

Leslie Giles was frustrated with the beachside sprawl while Luke and Susan Wilburding were bored living in quiet suburbia in the Venetian Bay neighborhood of New Smyrna Beach.

So, they recently did what Americans used to do and moved downtown. They are part of a growing national movement of increased interest in urban living, driven mainly by rising gas prices.

“This is a slice of that urban area. It’s more home for us. The restaurants, the Cubs and night life,” said Luke Wilburding. The 30-something couple, originally from Chicago, put their 4-year-old Venetian Bay home up for rent in January and moved into a rented unit at the 2-year-old Wall Street Lofts at Magnolia Avenue and Wall Street, half a block off Beach Street and within sight of Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

SOURCE: newsjournalonline.comEast Volusia News –

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