After raising two kids, life has impeccable timing of changing things up. My husband’s workplace is moving far enough to make the commute too long. Plenty of people make an hour commute and think nothing of it. We have talked a while about moving into a home with a more efficient use of space, just couldn’t decide where. The job narrowed the decision for us. To me it’s stressful uprooting from one place to another. The logistics of selling and buying makes it almost impossible to time both perfectly. We have looked at homes for sale and decided it works better to build. Maybe if we could get Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer upper or the Property Brothers to transform a home for us, that would work. However, that is unlikely.
We sold our first house to move into our current one and found success in selling then moving into an apartment during the build of the new house. So this is the plan once again. Searching for communities was the first step. Where would you start? We have plenty experience with what we like and don’t like about living in a community. My first thought is space! We have 4 cars now with two adult kids and parking is painful right now. To top that off our neighbor across from us has 8 cars in their single narrow driveway. In Texas you can really stretch out. Maybe too much. We found some home sites that are away from it all and on septic tank systems for waste. We’ve experienced that and any problem with a septic tank to me is too much! We’ve never had a problem being on a sewer system. Next, an affordable master planned community. Living in one has it’s pros and cons. For one if you have deed restrictions, your property values should stay up. Sure it’s annoying to get a letter about your weeds in your flower beds. However you won’t have to live next to someone who let’s it go too far. Lastly, surroundings, we narrowed the search to a few communities and the real deciding factor came down to the surroundings of the community. One was a community that was buried in other communities. It felt like an endless drive through communities to get to it. And the other had a long road to it, you know sometimes you just like it or don’t and we just didn’t like it. Maybe because there was no real business amenities that you need to get things done (grocery stores, restaurants, medical facilities, mechanics, do – it – yourself places, nurseries, etc.). We found a nice community. I’m concerned about it being close to a freeway, however it will make it convenient to get to all of the places we need to get things done. Once in the community, you wouldn’t know there is a freeway close by.
We have picked a plan and a lot. It’s hard to get exactly what you want, hence the compromise. We will make it into something great! To new beginnings!