We've decided that next Spring, we want to pick up and leave California and start an adventure in a brand new place where neither of us know anyone or are familiar with any of our surroundings. We've both lived in California our whole lives, so we know nothing else, which is why we have chosen to leave the state for this excursion. But it is also why we feel that our hearts are in California and why this will only be a temporary move. We just want a year or so to get to know ourselves and each other better.
I'm a total city girl at heart and would be happy living in a place like San Francisco or New York City, but that's not what this is about. We want to find a place where we can make a home, and be in peace. This doesn't necessarily mean that we're going to live in the woods or anything, (in fact, there are some medium to large cities that we are considering), but we are mostly looking for a charming, nice place to live on a budget and just enjoy our time away.
We've actually been able to find three-bedroom houses that we can afford, which is unthinkable in California. Some even come with their own docks!
The states we are looking into are: Virginia, Washington, Oregon, and North Carolina. The cities we have looked into the most are Portland, Oregon and Wilmington, North Carolina, but I thought I could use my blog to explore some other options, so that's what I'm going to do. :)
Alexandria, VA: It's along the Potomac River and only 6 miles from Washington D.C. (which is nice for me, because as I've mentioned, I'm a city girl). But it also seems to have a lot of beautiful views and quiet, peaceful areas.
Richmond, VA: All you smarty-pants out there already know that Richmond is Virginia's capital. It's just slightly smaller than Chesapeake, and it really seems to have that East Coast feel to it.
Virginia Beach, VA: Of course, being from Southern California, we both love the idea of living at the beach. I think this would be a good choice for us because although it's a brand-new environment, it will almost be like we have a little taste of home there too.
Chapel Hill, NC: I've always thought North Carolina was extremely beautiful. Yes, it's in the south, but it's along the ocean and it's really not as "hick-ish" as some might think. In fact, "Chapel Hill and its surrounding area have historically been politically liberal" (says Wikipedia, haha).
Like I mentioned, Portland and Wilmington are the two that it will probably come down to. We are both so excited to embark on this adventure and we fully intend to take full advantage of all the opportunities presented to us. :)