One of my old friends from work stopped by the other night, and while he was here, we ended up talking about real estate and moving.
As a child, I used to dream about turning 18 and getting out of New Jersey as fast as I could. I'm sure I picked all that up from my dad, who never wanted to live here and used to complain about it all the time. Until I actually turned 18 and moved away for school, my entire plan for my adult life revolved around leaving the state for somewhere (anywhere!) else.
Now, though, I'm really torn. I love the idea of packing up and moving away, starting fresh in a new state. We would certainly be able to find a less expensive place to live, more acreage than we have now, and a totally different way of life. It would be so exciting. I love change and spontaneity.
Unfortunately, I think I've gotten used to all the comforts of New Jersey. The city is close, the beaches are close, the climate has a terrific mix of all the seasons, and there's no lack of things to do here. Maybe I would be satisfied to move to South Jersey. Then, we could get away from where we are now, make a fun change, and still benefit from being in the state. I think I'd like to look at some waterfront properties in NJ, and maybe consider something in Longbranch where we would have friends nearby.
I think it's time for us to sit down with a South Jersey realtor and make some changes. We've been in our house for five years, and I'm ready for something new.