P and I made a big decision this fall--we're moving!
It certainly isn't a convenient time to move, what with the ongoing renovations that we need to finish. But it's the right decision for us. This move will put us much, much closer to family, and is a good career opportunity for P. We're sad about leaving the house, right as we're getting it the way we want it.
Two years ago when we were talking about buying a place, we looked around at friends and family who had bought at the height of the bubble. They felt trapped in their homes. They were out of jobs and in areas where jobs simply weren't to be found, or in jobs they didn't want to stay in, or places they didn't want to live. And they were staying because of their houses--underwater, couldn't sell for the price they wanted, etc.
When we bought this house, we decided that we didn't ever want to find ourselves in that situation. We didn't tie up all of our finances in this house, so that we would have the freedom to move on with our lives, regardless of what happened with it. (And we were so very lucky to be in an area where housing prices let us make those kinds of choices.)
So with finances out of the way, all that stood between us and a move was the emotional attachment to the house. And in a way, those conversations of two years ago prepared us for that part of the decision, too. We like the house. We've poured a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into it. But it's just a means to an end--and the end is the life we want.
When this new opportunity came along, the house was no longer supporting the life we wanted--it was standing in the way of it. We want to be closer to family and friends. We want fulfilling work.
So Secret City Ranch, we're moving on. It's not you; it's us. And we're confident that you will get a new family, one whose life goals you can support and further.
Because when we are done with you, you are going to be one nice house.
But we know we have a lot left to do before we put the house on the market, and we'll fill you in on those plans soon.