First move in 15 years. . .and counting
Lately writing has taken a back seat to re-locating. The plan had always been to live in my top-floor apartment-style condo for some time before finding a little house to retire to. Well, retirement’s at least 2 decades away, but one needs to plan.
As much as I love the birdsong and many trees in this lovely, walk-worthy area near the edge of my small-town, those birds compete with shared-building life, kids’ shouting in the pool not far from my balcony, kids’ shouting in the yards, noises from the 5 softball fields by the elementary school across the street, and all the usual noises of many people living in close proximity (and some of the more mysterious and likely illegal ones).
I’m claustrophobic by nature. Many writers and independent scholars are.
As I explained to my Realtor what I wanted in a home, the Top Four demands had nothing to do with the house itself. More large trees, more birdsong (inspires my writer sensibilities); private outdoor space (for the writer with a laptop), quiet neighborhood near downtown (well, duh); not a corner lot (wasted outdoor space that could be private).
I don’t much care about the house. With imagination and working plumbing one can pretty much live with anything.
But the market is really wrenching for the Buyer this year. No contingency offers (and I’ve already found the perfect downtown yard with small house!), which means. . .one has to find a place within a tiny window of just a few weeks after one gets a purchase offer on her own house! And my searching radius is only about a mile. How often will a suitable place even come up for sale? Half a dozen in a year at best?
I’m hearing stories of whole families having to live in temporary housing just to find/wait for the right home. I swear that moving a couple of kids around would be easier than my moving my elderly cat with medical issues and the other one. Living back in my parents’ basement at age 51 here in town with two cats and THEIR two cats?
But this is what I may need to do to find the perfect writing home for the rest of my life. Wish me luck.
What are your concerns when finding the Right Place to Write?