Meet the Posadas, a very vibrant, very musically-inclined family who LOVES living in downtown Austin. They are raising their two teenage sons in a high-rise, and find that they never have a bored moment! They love the music venues downtown, and want to do all they can to encourage live music to stay in downtown Austin.
1) What do you (you and your husband) do professionally?
Tammy is a stay at home mom and in charge of our son’s home school curriculum. I am a wealth manager with mostly west coast clients plus some local.
2) How old are your children?
We have two boys 13 and 15.
3) Why did you choose to live in a high-rise?
I raised two?now adult boys in the burbs and regret it somewhat. I was raised in the city. So we decided either DT or country living for us. Skip the middle ground – the suburbs. My older sons agree.
We chose the Austonian for ability to combine units, the pool area, dog area, the large exercise room, ping pong and pool table, yoga room,ballroom and the in-house movie theater. All of these things combined to replace our suburban home completely. The views of the downtown and the Capital are amazing. No yard work or maintenance.
4) What do you love about raising your child in an urban setting?
All the things there are to do within walking distance. Restaurants, UT, Moody Theater,?Long Center, new rowing center, the lake and much more. There is never a dull moment. They have many interactions with neighbors around the pool and dog area in the?building which has made them quite adept socially.
5) What would you improve?
Need more and better Chinese and other Asian restaurants (the thing we miss about the west coast) and fewer chain steak houses. Keep the music venues from disappearing, please.
6) What are activities that your child does at home for fun?
The youngest is a musician and plays the guitar and piano. He is in a local band. The oldest boys loves technology. For him programming and sound and video recording (mostly of his brother’s performance) are fun activities.
(Editor’s note: Here’s a video of the youngest’s, Gabe’s, band on YouTube:
7) What are your family¹s favorite activities Downtown Austin outside of your home?
We walk to breakfast, lunch, or dinner most days. We have tickets to some event every week.
8) Overall, how family-friendly do you think your building is? Why or why not?
There are few children here in the building. True. The boys music activities are their primary social outlet. They have no problem getting kids from the surrounding areas to come?DT and hang with them. Their friends love to be DT. Unfortunately, a high rise has no place for band practice. So, we go to homes in the burbs for that. The home school community is very large and there are dances and such to help with the social.
We think that socializing a child is having them interact with people of all ages and not just their peers. So, it works out just fine. They are very mature as a result.
9) Where does your child go to school? Why did you choose that school?
The boys started homeschooling last year and we wish we had started earlier. They have more time for their interests and get their work done without distraction or disruption from others. School is year round for them and anywhere we travel. A laptop and internet connection is all they need most of the time. We considered private and public schools, but chose to give home schooling a chance and it has been wonderful. There are many tutors available DT with UT nearby.
10) How do you find activities for your child?
Through music venues for performances – open mics, teen venues. Austin Homeschoolers Association. The play tennis in South Austin and exercise here in the workout room. The building has plenty of common area seldom used for boys to stretch their legs in.
11) With your children being at or near driving age, how do you handle car-related issues?
Three parking spaces is plenty here. My wife and I keep only one car here. They have little interest in driving. Our 15 year old could get his permit, but wonders why he would want to. I suppose that will change when they meet more girls. My sons would like to encourage teen girls to talk their parents into moving DT. Ha ha.