To say we're excited is the understatement of the century. We're both so close to our families, and now we're a seven hour drive as opposed to a 12 hour drive. That's huge. Not to mention all of the other perks:
- DC, one of my favorite cities EVER: less than three hours.
- NYC: Seven hours.
- We can freaking go to Canada in less time than it currently takes to get to NC.
- And last but not least... Boston. Boston will be a shorter drive once we live in VA than Charlotte is currently. And considering how many times I've made the drive from Little Rock to Charlotte, you better believe I'm going to make the drive from Virginia to Boston just as many times =)
|Look at all the blue!|
The stars are all places of interest that I've missed since moving to Little Rock. The stars consist of Harris Teeter, Trader Joe's, Nordstom, J Crew, Target, etc. We do have Target & J Crew here, but there are 4 Targets in the area, no super Targets and one J Crew which is 30 minutes away. I know this map shows a pretty broad area, but nothing is more than 40 miles away.
We're wanting to buy a home in Yorktown, Poquoson, or near Williamsburg. Graham isn't willing to go any further than Williamsburg, and isn't crazy about going that far, but we're going to have to reach some kind of compromise. The base is in Hampton, VA and I've read some bad stuff about that area & Newport News. I know we don't have kids, but the schools are abysmal and when the schools are bad, it typically means the area is bad. Feeling safe is more important to me than it would be if Graham wasn't in the Air Force, but since I'm pretty much guaranteed to soend 4-6 months a year alone, I need to be in an area where I fee safe. Personally, negative publicity about the area aside,
I'd love to live as close to Williamsburg as possible, because it's a shorter drive to Richmond, and hello; it's Williamsburg. As a history nerd, I am beyond excited that I am going to be living in one of the most historic areas in the country. I have a BA in History from UNC-Charlotte (go Niners!) and my area is colonial & pre-revolutionary American history. Other than Boston, could there possibly be a more perfect place for me to live? The pink triangle on the map makes up the Historic Triangle: Williamsburg, Yorktown & Jamestown. I am pretty much hypervenilating just thinking about it.
|Living in a landlocked state has not been a whole lot of fun....|
|Grandfather Mountain, May 2010|
The only part that sucks is the price of real estate. This is our house... cute, right?
Decent size. It's 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 1500 square feet, "two" car garage (there is no way two cars could actually fit there unless they were smart cars or mini coopers), fenced in backyard, huge front yard, smallish backyard. The inside is being updated as we speak. This house is about $100,000. Our budget in Virginia will be twice that, in order to get a nice home in a nice area.
Other than the much higher cost of living, we are both so excited about this new chapter in our lives together!