WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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A L E X A N D R A H A L L writer pat gowdy remembers well some of the difficulties of downsizing last fall — from a five-bedroom, three-living room house in Weston to a 39th-floor condo in one of Boston Waterfront's two I. M. Pei-designed residential Harbor Towers. Letting go of much of the furniture that represented two-plus decades of memories in Weston had been no easy task. And no easier had been the chal- lenge of getting creative about how to make those belongings that she and her husband did decide to keep fit into the new, more compact home. And yet, in the middle of describing all of those challenges, Gowdy pauses. "From our home now we have spectacular views of the harbor and city, from the North End and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, up to the Bunker Hill Monument all the way to the airport and to the Seaport District. We look out and it's invigorating. So you see," she adds with a wry chuckle, "we're not exactly suffering." There are those people who move to the city out of necessity— to, say, be closer to their work office and thus slice their commute in half, or maybe to have closer proximity to loved ones. Then there are those who move to make a very conscious and deliberate shift into a differ- ent lifestyle. For them, the decision isn't merely about geography; it's about making a change that better fits with the phase of life they're in right now. At the moment, there's an increasing 43 s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Moving to the City Terrace view of the Boston city skyline at 22 Liberty

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