Sipping coffee this morning and thought I should update.
It's been two weeks (?) now since we decided Mr. Husband will continue to commute for now and we will not relocate to the new city. As soon as we made the decision that day, we both felt great about it but the real 'proof is in the pudding'. How have we felt since?
Relief. Not overwhelming, dramatic relief. Just the kind that passes through your brain and you find yourself smiling.
Both of us feel this way. And the weird thing is, it wasn't even a 'decision' that had to be made. It just... was.
There was absolutely not a time during the decision process when it even, for one second, was a possibility. A 'thing' that had to be decided. It was almost like watching the whole process on a tv show and being a disinterested third party. There was no feeling at all and never, not once, a pull to move there. A feeling like we should move there. Needing to make a decision if we should move there. Nothing.
It was just driving around some random city and then going home. There was never really a decision to be made. It was that strong of a non-decision. It really didn't even have to be decided.
Neither of us felt anything at all. So saying "Huh, nope. Not moving here." was really all that had to be said, and then life went on like normal. As a non-issue.
Kind of weird that there wasn't more to it. But it just felt so dead to us that it never was a question of moving. We just weren't.
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25. West Palm Beach, Fla.
24. Philadelphia, Penn.
23. Los Angeles, Calif.
22. Fresno, Calif.
21. Portland, Ore.
20. Providence, R.I.
19. Santa Ana, Calif.
18. Miami, Fla.
17. Riverside, Calif.
16. Seattle, Wash.
15. Edison, N.J.
14. Stockton, Calif.
13. San Diego, Calif.
12. Sacramento, Calif.
11. Long Island, N.Y.
10. Bergen County, N.J.
9. Essex County, Mass.
8. San Jose, Calif.
7. Oakland, Calif.
6. San Francisco, Calif.
5. Cambridge, Mass.
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1. Honolulu, Hawaii
Median Family Income:$82,600
Q4 2014 median sales price:$509,000
Housing affordable at median family income: 35.3%
Cost Above National Average:
Groceries:55.3%; Utilities:77.8%; Transportation: 26.7%; Health:15.7%; Misc.: 22.5%
This past weekend was 'D' Day. Decision Day.
Time for the two of us to drive to the new city DH was relocated to - see the area from MY point of view (which is different than my husbands) and to look at the area.
My husband drives to work with one thing on his mind. Work.
He takes the exit, drives to work only noticing the lights, traffic and his own direct route.
I drive the same route and notice traffic patterns, stores, post office and court house locations. Grocery stores. Clothing stores. Schools. Churches.
See the difference?
So with my eyes, we drove to the area. We drove to his place of work (my first time seeing it! Very nice!) and then, tried to find the things I would need to run our lives. I'm not going to get into the history of this city here, but they've made very stupid mistakes, they do not have a good reputation and apparently, a very, very stupid city council. Although they've had a horrible town history, they had a chance to start new about 2 years ago but the people in power at the time made bad decisions and now they are kicking themselves for it.
There is almost nothing positive or good about this town and no reason for anyone to move there. But there is a sister-city they share a boundary with that has made better decisions, has better growth and incidentally, a better livability score, lower crime, etc. etc. Since all shopping and daily errands would be done over their boundary line (there ARE no options on the other city side due to bad, bad decisions) we traveled and... wow. ALL retail is built around ONE EXIT ON THE INTERSTATE.
So you are getting on and off the interstate at the same exit as almost every retail establishment in the city.
If you travel 1 block away from the interstate you will find... crickets. Crickets.
Fast food, a mall, Walmart, Sam's Club, Hobby Lobby, Dick's Sporting Goods, Kirklands, Restaurants, Orthodontists, Target, Kohls, Banks, hardware stores... could they CRAM anything more into this tiny little area!???
The traffic was horrendous - cars in the middle of intersections caught between red and green lights, cars turning into fast food or gas stations right next to those entering Walmart or Sam's, right next to those trying to get to a restaurant and those trying to go to the bank.
After driving around a bit we stopped at a McDonalds, ate lunch and opened the laptop to view the housing situation.
I took a picture of my husband while he was searching.
The scowl is prominent.
Together, we decided that at least for NOW, a relocation is not in our best interest.
That may or may not change in a few months. And he did have to sign a contract for 2 years at this location. But for now, the 1 1/4 hour commute is worth it to not relocate there and stay where we are at.
So we came home.
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The plan is to drive to the area next weekend - check out the city, the towns nearby and drive by a few of the houses we've seen online to get an idea of the neighborhoods and the feel of the area.
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My first day home, the brick mason's 'guys' showed up to build a new mailbox. They didn't check in with us first so we didn't even know they were here until our daughter had to leave for work at 7:am and had to ask them to move their trucks so she could get out.
They worked on it and as I looked out the window, saw we were apparently getting a round brick mailbox... even though it was supposed to be rectangle, with a flat top. Too late to fuss about it (as you can see) so no worries. But later, they left without checking in with us either and when we checked the final result, we saw they installed a regular sized box when it was specifically requested the extra large size that we could fit packages in. They also didn't do as much mortar fill in and repair on the stairs as they were supposed to.
No time to fuss about it as our company was coming and I was busy. The next night, the brick mason showed up to pick up his check. He agreed he needed to come back to more stair repair, and he said they went to Lowes to get the biggest mailbox they could and this was the largest they had in stock. He said he would be back out Saturday morning to attach the address plaque and the flag.
Saturday came... no brick mason. He did show up on Sunday, after our company had left, and quickly attached the missing items. He said he would be back later this week to do some of the stair repair.
ONTO THE REAL TOPIC OF THIS POST: Are we are or aren't we? Moving, that is.
I don't know yet.
So far, Mr. Husband is content to commute and we haven't had any time to discuss it. Now that I am home, and the reunion is over, we plan to travel to "A" next week and check out the area together. We will drive around the city, and also look at some of the houses I've book marked as having a tiny bit of potential. We are not thrilled with this at all. Going further away from our daughter, her college, our familiies... and closer to a metro city we would prefer to ignore and avoid all together? Yeah, that.
But it's decision time - so next Saturday is our "driving date" in which we need to start to make our decision.