"The biggest (factor) for us was this place was right in the middle of City Creek," he said.
"We had looked at other places in the area, but we made the mistake of seeing these brand new City Creek apartments first," he said with a chuckle. Once they saw the new places and realized the convenience of the location, they were sold.
In fact, they initially figured on staying downtown for about a year before looking for a house, but have since reconsidered.
"We might stay a couple more years because it's so convenient and we save a lot of money because we don't have to drive," he said.
"I love living here … I love everything about it," Kathleen said.
In the future, the couple said they might consider purchasing a condo nearby to continue their urban lifestyle.
City Creek will house a total of approximately 800 households over several large properties. Located on South Temple, Promontory houses 185 units in its 30 stories — representing the largest residential structure at the City Creek project.
In 2010, the first City Creek residents moved into Richards Court — two 10-story buildings located on South Temple. Also included is The Regent at City Creek, a 20-story residential tower located on 100 South between State Street and Main Street.
While not a City Creek resident, Johnny Vigil, 27, recently moved to the downtown area to enjoy the faster paced lifestyle that is now available with the new development that is underway. Having grown up living in Sugarhouse, he wanted to branch out and try a new way of life.
"There is a little more culture to the restaurants and dining downtown," he said. "Things seem to be getting more exciting in the downtown area."
He said the "energy" in downtown is greater than it's ever been, making it an ideal time to experience urban living before settling down.
"Before that happens, it's fun to be out and about to enjoy … (what's) going on in downtown," he said.
Vigil noted that the infusion of new residents brought in by business firms relocating or expanding to Utah has helped enhance the "feel" and "buzz" of downtown.
"The majority of them (are) from New York and other places around the world, and they're bringing a whole new urban style to downtown Salt Lake," he said.
Top list: City Creek Center shops and stores
City Creek Center photo gallery: A view from demolition to construction in downtown Salt Lake City
Historical photo gallery: Historic Eagle Gate a prominent Salt Lake landmark
Historical photo gallery: Store displays give a window to Christmas over the years
Historical photo gallery: Downtown Salt Lake City thrived as shopping mecca for century
Historical photo gallery: Salt Lake streets have seen many changes over past 150 years
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