My name is Bri Simpson, and I’m originally from Seattle, Washington, actually a little bit south of Seattle, in Tacoma. When I moved here, I was looking specifically for an apartment building of some kind. I really wanted some of the amenities, so not just the location was important to me. I also wanted to make it really feel like home, and be in a place that I could live in for not just a year or a couple of years, so I could really establish a home here. This location has all sorts of things: the pool, the stadium, workout facilities. In addition, it’s a little bit out of downtown so I still get to go downtown and have the downtown vibe. I like the Fisher Park neighborhood. It offers a little bit more nature than being right downtown.
Throughout my 11 years with REI, I’ve pretty much tried everything that we have to offer—being out west with people who take part in mountaineering and a lot of the snow sports. Then moving out here, I got into biking in Asheville. Asheville is a huge bike community, so when I moved to Greensboro there were some things that I really looked at. The trails are close by. It has a lot to offer as far as mountain biking and hiking trails. And the Greenway was something that I really appreciated—being able to go out my back door and jump on the Greenway for a ride or to commute to work.
One of the things that drew me to this location was being literally right on the Downtown Greenway. It’s also very, very close to the green that went to REI. So essentially, I can ride my bike or run to Friendly Center and be right at work in a really easy amount of time. It makes the commute a lot easier and a lot more enjoyable than my commute in Nashville.