Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New Places, New Faces: The Joys & Hassles of Moving

It’s official. Eight years after moving to my current city just outside Washington DC, and five years after moving into this very apartment, which my husband and I have both loved, we're picking up and heading a bit farther out into the suburbs in order to save more money and hopefully make our dream of buying a house come true within the next year or so.

Honestly, had it not been for our original goal of eventually moving back to California, which we’d been discussing throughout the past couple years, we probably would have made this decision a lot sooner. But now, with opportunities on the West Coast simply unable to compete with those available here, we’re excited to feel more settled and focus on buying a home, starting a family and enjoying life in our 30s.

Space Shuttle Discovery flying above our current neighborhood back in April 2012.
As I type this post, we’re right in the middle of packing, scheduling cable and Internet installations, arranging to have our mail forwarded and all of the other joys that come with moving to a new place. But, despite the hassle and the fact that we’ve loved our current location, I’m also very pleased with our soon-to-be new community. What we’re losing in terms of proximity to the city, we’re gaining in terms of a quieter and more serene wooded neighborhood, an apartment with a fireplace, outdoor space for grilling, growing plants and sitting out during the warmer months, easy access to great restaurants and shops, and more.

I certainly hope time will demonstrate that we’ve made the best decision for our future and that we’ll be as happy in our new place as we have been in the one we're leaving behind. 

22 comments:

  1. Sounds like a positive change overall! Good luck with the move. :)

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  2. Yay! Good luck with the move! You heading farther out in VA or MD? If it's VA maybe you'll be closer to me!

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    1. Thanks, Jess! I just sent you an email. :)

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  3. Planning for home ownership sounds so exciting. I wish I was on that path right now. I hope your move goes smoothly.

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    1. Thanks! The thought of buying a home is definitely overwhelming at times and means we have a ton of planning to do, since it's all entirely new to us.

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  4. Nice! I'm curious as to what subarb you are moving to since I live in NOVA as well. I personally love living in the subarbs.

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    1. Thanks, Shannon! We are definitely looking forward to being out in a quieter, more suburban area.

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    1. Thanks, Kate! I just sent you an email. :)

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  6. Good luck with your move! I hope you are happy in your new place while you save and plan for your future!

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    1. Thanks, Morgan! We hope it will all work out for us!

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  7. awesome! best of luck to you both!

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    1. Thanks, Elle! We have a lot to do but are excited!

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  8. Sounds like a really nice place, glad you found a nice spot to relocate to. It will be nice celebrating the holidays there in your new place for the first time. :)

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    1. Thanks, Diana! It definitely will!

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  9. awww...i love this..sacrifices for the betterment of new opportunities in the future. being close to DC i know how pricey places around the area is. our friends in the south were shocked at how much we paid in rent alone!! good luck Heather!

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    1. Thanks, Mrs. Pancakes! The DC area is definitely expensive!

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  10. I wish you all the luck in the universe in your move!

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  11. This is an exciting time! I have a feeling that everything is going to come together perfectly! I'm feeling the same way as you are. I'm having a big desire to be settled and soon start a family. The 30s are proving to be exciting :)

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    1. Thanks, Faith! The 30s are certainly shaping up well so far! :)

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