Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Possible Possibilities

We're meeting with a realtor this week to see about putting our house on the market. I've blogged in the past about how much I miss New Jersey, but that's not where we're headed. Contrary to everything I ever thought I would do, we're interested in moving out of our current home and into another one in the Cincinnati area. I've mentioned this before, so this isn't a new revelation or anything, but super suburban living just isn't for us. We're just not cut out for living in a cul-de-sac. We're not house people. We're definitely not lawn people, everything I plant dies and I don't have the time or patience to keep trying. We don't fit in very well with our neighbors, either - they're the type that mow their lawn multiple times a week and trim their hedges to perfection with a tiny pair of scissors.

 

I'm more of a "sit on the deck with a beer" kind of girl, I guess. It's also a neighborhood full of church-going conservatives and Milford as a whole is just very, very white. I want some diversity in my 'hood, to be around people who share both similar AND differing worldviews. Somewhere like I grew up.

If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be living out in the 'burbs I would have laughed in your face, but here I am. I crave that semi-urban existence - being able to walk to the grocery store (or even better, Findlay Market or a farmer's market) and walk to restaurants and stroll through the city.

So we're going to put our stereotypical suburban nightmare (which is probably a dream home for plenty of people, especially since we back up into a pretty nice view with no one behind us) on the market, and start looking for a condo in a more urban setting. We're considering downtown Cincinnati, where there's a fantastic revitalization taking place, and some surrounding neighborhoods. We're even **gasp** considering Northern Kentucky. I just have to get past the mental block of living there. Even though the northern border isn't really very Kentucky-ish, the thought of having a Kentucky driver's license makes me feel even further away from my Northeast Corridor roots.

I'm trying not to get too excited about the possible possibilities, but it's hard not to get my hopes up when I'm chomping at the bit to get out of here. We'll have to see what the realtor says about where the market stands and how our house compares.

** WTF was up with death making an appearance in the Paperboy game? And this guy? We always used to wonder if he was breakdancing or trying to take his pants off. **

6 comments:

  1. That is awesome!!! I hope you get some good news from the realtor about selling your current home. I had to LOL about neighbors trimming their hedges with scissors. haha

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  2. If you move somewhere cool like downtown, I will be visiting you ALL the time :) I would love for our next house to be in a more urban area, but Steve won't go for it until we don't have school-age kids. I totally get where you're coming from though! At the very least, our next house needs to be within walking distance of SOMETHING - and have a tiny yard!
    P.S. Have you considered Mariemont, or is that still too suburban for you? I love that area, close to everything, very walkable yet safe and good school district. It's out of our price range, or else we'd live there.

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  3. Good luck on your house hunt!

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  4. omg the paperboy!! Flashbacks of that game!! lol

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  5. How exciting! I hope that you find somewhere that you love!

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