So for the past couple of years Denis and I have entertained the idea of eventually moving down south – to North or South Carolina. However, our trip last week to Tennessee has us thinking that maybe NJ is a good place to be after all.
I’m sure the suburbs of Nashville and Memphis are all that and a bag of chips. Okay, well maybe the ‘burbs of Nashville (I don’t see ANYTHING good being near Memphis). But upon returning home and driving around my pleasant neighborhood, I came to the realization that I actually LIKE where I live. It may suck to commute into NYC every day, but for the most part (property taxes aside) New Jersey rocks.
So Denis and I are now considering buying land somewhere in NJ and building a house in the next 7-10 years. We obviously can’t buy land where we currently live (unless we want to pay $400,000 for a 1/4 of an acre) so we’ll be looking further out – possibly central Jersey, or even western. From the sound of it, we may buy land as soon as next summer and then once that’s paid off get started on custom home plans for our Dream House.
It was weird to begin thinking about not going south. For the past year it’s been ingrained in me to move south – it’s something I’ve wanted since Denis and I got married in 1997. But unless we take a magical long weekend next spring to Asheville, NC and end up loving it, we’ll be NJ folks for quite a long time.