I totally have the Cheers theme song running through my head as I write this post.
A few weekends ago, we took a little family road trip to a small city about 40 minutes from us to attend a country winter fair. I'd never been to this particular town but I know a few people who attended university there and I'd heard it was lovely, so I was curious to check it out.
Well, damn. Now I want to move.
Jay and I have had many, many discussions about where to live and raise our family. We are somewhat limited in that his job doesn't have much flexibility in terms of location, so we're limited to a reasonable radius around his workplace. We want some land, even just a few acres, and we don't have a few million to spend. We've been a bit discouraged when perusing MLS for land nearby - its either too far or too expensive. Add to that the fact that I'm a bit of an urban girl at heart and when Jay starts looking at properties out in the middle of nowhere, I start twitching and panicking.
Secretly, I've always wanted to find somewhere within reasonable commuting distance that offers the amenities of a city in a somewhat rural setting. Something for all of us, somewhere we could really put down roots.
I think we've found it.
It would increase Jay's commute to almost an hour but it should be easy enough for me to find work there so only one of us would have such a drive. Prices are significantly better than our current area. The city itself is small but has a ton of great shops, pubs, theatres, a university and a college and a vibrant community of ecologically-minded folks. Right up our alley. I spent half the afternoon on the MLS app on my phone, looking for our dream home.
There won't be any sudden decisions - I'm still too tired from our last move - but its certainly interesting to feel that there are some new options on the table. It was surprising to find that we felt almost immediately at home there - the perfect balance for both of us.