She’s making moves!
Well, actually, just one move…
To downtown York, that is!
First-time home buyer Attorney Kate Hynes can’t say enough about her new digs in downtown’s WeCo District. That’s why she’s filling us in on the best parts of city living and what it means to set-up roots in York.
Check out what Kate had to say:
Explain a little bit about where you come from and how you got to York.
I grew up in Brookville, a small rural town in western Pennsylvania.
After high school, I lived all over the place. I spent 5 years in Philadelphia while earning my undergraduate degree from Drexel University. Living in the city was exciting and as you can image, very different from where I grew up!
From there, I exchanged my urban living experience for a college town experience when I moved to State College, PA to attend law school at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. While not quite as metropolitan as Philadelphia, the town was always buzzing with life and activity and I’m happy I had the opportunity to be a part of the student community there.
During my final year, I attended job interviews all across the state and as a result, was offered a job at Stock and Leader. I was thrilled about the prospect of starting my professional career and once again moving to a new place.
Four years later and I’m still here, loving all that York has to offer. From community and culture to everything in between, the city truly has become more of a home to me than any place I’ve ever lived.
What made you decide to invest in York City by purchasing your first home here?
I had been renting for years and felt like I was at the time in my life where purchasing a home made financial sense. And because I tend to spend the majority of both my work and free time downtown, I knew that the City was top on my list for potential locations.
That’s when I learned about Stock and Leader’s Homebuyer Incentive program which provides financial assistance to Associates looking to purchase a home in York City. Let’s just say, it was an offer that I definitely could not refuse. Not only is my employer making a lasting investment in downtown, but they are willing to help me do the same!
I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to continue to be a part of the ‘renaissance’ that is going on in York right now. I am excited that my personal growth will coincide with the economic and cultural growth that’s happening around me.
What are you most excited about as a new York City resident?
The walkable environment. By living and working downtown, almost all of my activities do not require a vehicle. I can walk to work, buy groceries at market, and a weekend brunch spot is right around the corner. Overall, I am excited to decrease my carbon footprint and invest in the city’s economy by supporting local businesses downtown.
In your opinion, what does the housing landscape in York City look like 10 years from now?
I think it’s very clear that more and more people are looking to purchase homes in walkable, urban environments. I believe that we will see an influx of individuals who want to live, work and play within York’s urban core. The revitalization of downtown York is happening at the right time.