pulling a geographic


A propos of absolutely something, how long have you been in your current house or apartment? And if you want to move, why?

UPDATE (tues)…

You guys are actually helping us – or me, really – formulate a good decision…

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  1. ken

    Six years come April. We made a lot of rookie homebuyer mistakes: house is old (1893) is easily the most valuable in on the block (harder to sell) with some dodgy neighbors but we’re only 13 miles from downtown Chicago, so it’s not all bad. Also a big yard for our dog and kids, close to public transit, good schools. If the market were better, we’d relocate within our town or a neighboring town. We also wouldn’t mind being equidistant from both our families; my family is within 15-40 miles of us, whereas my wife’s family is 200 miles away.
    Problem is, Chicago is a world-class city we both love but it is getting to be a less friendly a place to live, economically and politically. Parking meters are ridiculous (>$5 an hour!), state income tax went up 66% just last week and corruption in goverment has been well documented, thanks Rod Blagojevich! I’d certainly miss my family, my restaurants, museums, architecture and the Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks and Bulls but a place like Madison, WI would also be a nice change of pace. Closer to family and vacation homes in Northern Wisconsin.

  2. anonymous, duh

    Since the spring of 1986. If I could afford to, I would move in a heartbeat. I have no peer group here. (Think religious, conservative, gun-totin’, t-party wannabe’s – omg, I just depressed myself all over again.) I moved back to take care of my mother, and I managed to do that, the whole while she was worshipping at the feet of how wonderful her sons (you know, the ones who were not lifting a finger to help her) were. Hm. . . bitter, much? And I am sick to death of the weather, too hot and humid in the summer, too cold in the winter. Talk about painting myself into a very ugly corner. I did this to myself, (I read the obits with envy). Yesterday I read an article online that places my state 49th on a test of tolerance. Kansas, my home on the range.

  3. Chip

    I’ve been here 11 days and I love it. It’s nice to be back in Durham. Ironically enough given the post above, I moved here from Kansas

  4. Bozoette Mary

    23 years. I’d like to move closer to work, but that would make my husband’s commute nightmarish and the market for houses like mine sucks. Besides, the thought of packing makes me tired.

  5. adrienneg

    7 years at the end of May. I like North Durham, but would move downtown or closer to more restaurants/shopping if I could afford it.

  6. scruggs

    We’ve been in our house near CLT for almost 4 years. 4 years in the ATL before that, and 4 years in CLT before ATL.
    The joyous part of those 2 moves was that the movers did everything…packed, loaded, unloaded, unpacked, hauled away boxes.
    If we had the means, we’d move a few miles over and be on the lake, but not in the plans.
    Way down the road, we’d love to make it back to Chapel Hill or possibly a stint in DC.

  7. josie

    House – going on 9 years. Any time I have had the urge to move, I either a) rearrange the furniture or redecorate a room, or 2) PURGE. The former brings newness to the same old, and the latter brings a feeling of lightness and makes the place feel bigger (really!).
    (Sidebar: Did you know that when you get a moving quote from a professional mover that they ask you how long you’ve lived in your current home? It’c because they know crap accumulates!)
    Really, if we’re talking about homes here, and I think we are (as opposed to cities), then I have learned that we often buy homes to “fit our stuff,” like furniture (mistake!) or leave homes because of some perceived need for more space (the latter is often a function of where your family is in its evolution…single homeowners rarely feel the urge to move/sell).
    Want a family room AND a living room because you want to be able to see the big screen from the kitchen? It’s not necessary – the party always ends up in the kitchen. Baby at home? Must have more room! High chairs, play yards, bouncy rings, swings all take room, but they’ll be gone in a few years.
    As for me, our home is adequate and I feel no need to move. There is lots wrong with it…poorly insulated, some average tile work, few electrical outlets, but at 87 years, she is doing OK. I need to update my kitchen desperately, but I made it through 9 year sand two babies with no dishwasher, what’s the hurry now? We also have a really big yard where are the kids play when it’s not pool-play season.
    The real reason we stay put, though, is that we have AMAZING, SUPPORTIVE neighbors. No one is allowed to move, and if anyone tries to sell the rest of us will start parking on our front lawns.

  8. Salem's Little Sister

    We have lived on this cul-de-sac for almost two years, but are just 5 months in our new house. Yes, we bought the house next door from the one we were renting. We can walk our son to school and it takes my husband 20 minutes to get to work, door to desk with a stop at Starbucks. Our neighbors were also a huge selling point as well and we love them dearly. Our house was built in the 80’s but the neighborhood is victorian, so we don’t have too many re-dos on our hands. We’ll probably be here until Ben graduates from his school in 2023. It’s very affordable and we can splurge on a beach house in a few years!

  9. CM

    That is such cruel, cruel timing. We are about to move from the apartment I’ve been in nearly since graduating from college 17 years ago, and I’m a bit emotional about it. The stability it provided got me through a lot of family crises and heartbreaks. It’s rent controlled, and saving money enabled me to help other people and eventually feel financially comfortable myself, which I wasn’t, growing up. It’s a 680-square-foot railroad apartment on a great main street, and after having had roommates, then lived alone, then had my husband move in, it’s taken on different purposes. But it was always home.
    After so many years it’s finally just where I like it, decorating-wise, full of curtains and blankets and comforters; it’s my own bed and breakfast, my own slice of heaven. It also still has the “Clerks” movie poster and certain other trappings from right after college, and other accoutrements that show I haven’t fully grown up.
    And alas, we are outgrowing it because of the baby. He’ll be walking and playing soon. I believe we could stay at least another 6 months and keep saving money, but hubby says no dice.
    I guess it is time to grow up. Thing is, this apartment will not stay a rent-controlled apartment. After I leave, my landlords will renovate it and someday turn it into a condo like so many others. In a year it will probably rent for double what I’ve been paying. But I have photos and memories. I know it will take on mythical proportions as I get older and look back.
    This place gave me the most stability I ever had. It’s home to me. I’m about to turn 40 and it’s time to leave my bachelorette pad, but I will always be grateful for the time I had here. My mom moved us around a lot when I was a kid (a consequence of mental illness) and I was so glad to have this home.

  10. FreshPaul

    7.5 years in our small rented house just north of downtown Raleigh…wonderful landlords and great neighbors in a quiet neighborhood less than 3 miles from anywhere I ever usually go. Going to RDU last night for a pickup was my first time outside the beltline in a week, other than a brief Thai food excursion.
    We may be moving in July to New Haven…or NYC…or Philly…or Chapel Hill.
    Or not.

  11. NOLAcathie

    Almost 34 years. We raised our 4 kids here, so this old house (built in 1906)) is filled with exquisite memories. I’m a block from the Mississippi River, Audubon park and the zoo, and near Tulane and Loyola. My mom, sisters, brother, and daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren are all within a 5-mile radius. Mortgage is finally paid off, and though it’s ALWAYS in need of repairs, it survived Katrina…think I’ll stay!

  12. LFMD

    We bought our house 4 years ago. We like it. We’ll stay.
    I have been thinking about houses a lot lately. For the past few months, I have been dreaming over and over again about two houses in particular: 1. my grandparents’ house in Northern NJ and 2. my great aunt’s beach house on the Jersey Shore. I adored my maternal grandparents, and their house was very special to me. Three generations of my family grew up in that house, and when my grandparents both died in the past 8 years, the house was sold outside of the family. I dream about my grandparents and their house constantly, and I even friended some of their former neighbors on FB for the sole reason of keeping up with news about the house and the neighborhood. Likewise, I spent every summer at my aunt’s beach house. I grew up, she died, and the house is owned/shared by her children and grandchildren and I have not been able to spend time there in years. BUT, I dream about that house nearly every week.
    Strangely, I never dream about my childhood home or my own house for that matter.
    What does it all mean? My theory is that I am 42, having a mid-life crisis, and the places that meant the most to me are deep in my subconscious.

  13. killian

    3.5 years in this condo in Carrboro—1st time to own! There are things I love and things I hate, and I would move in a heartbeat (even though I am a single home owner.) Looking at Durham, adrienneg! I need space for art-making. period.

  14. Caroline

    Four years, 3 months. We will probably grow out of this apartment someday but I never want to move. I love love love love love my home. I love my neighborhood, I love my building, I love my view (fantastic view of the Empire State Building), I love my apartment’s layout, I love my balcony and my herb garden. I love it here. Please don’t make me move!!!

  15. freezing cold

    We’ve lived in this city (Baltimore) for 8.5 years and in this house for 5.5. It’s a beautiful, renovated 1900 storefront home and it’s very large by city standards. But we’re so, so ready to move. We’ve been dreaming about moving up to Manhattan for years and we finally decided to set the date of Summer 2013. We’d move tomorrow really, but I don’t think the real estate market would support that decision.
    Things I love: amazing neighbors, one block from a beautiful park, all of our needed shops/amenities/restaurants within a 3 mile radius, gorgeous house.
    Things I hate: crime, grime, absurdly high city taxes. It makes us nutso that we’re so close to many of our favorite restaurants and shops, but we can’t walk to them after dark for safety reasons. Last straw (as I’m sure you can imagine) was wake up call from hubby outside (7:45 am) to tell me that there was a dead, very dead, very bloody murder victim under a sheet catty corner to our front door. Yeah, that pretty much sealed the deal.

  16. Sue

    3 years. This is the forever house. We’re here ’til the end.
    We barely managed to get in here. Admittedly we were some of the few beneficiaries of the financial misdoings that allowed us to get a 40 year mortgage, now unavailable here in Canada (the longest amortization period is soon to be 30 years), with a super low interest rate.
    Shortly after we moved on this street, a bunch of medical speciailists moved in, tearing down houses and building new ones, driving our property values up with them although our house is much smaller than these 4500-5000 sq. ft. tastefully done McMansions.
    We might be a bit house poor, but the kids are 10 minutes from school,we’re a 20 minutes walk from the hopping centre of downtown Halifax and we only need one car. And we love this house. It has a great feeling. Like I said, we’re here until the nursing home except for the scenario of the previous owner who died in the house.

  17. liz

    Current apt – Brooklyn, 6 mths…my husband and i just bought a house on (in? still learning the lingo) Long Island, NY and we’ll be moving in a week, along with our 1yr old daughter and a squeaquel due in late Feb. apparently we like to push our stress to its breaking point, set it on fire, pee on it, and set it on fire again. having moved from durham to nyc almost 11 years ago, i’m not completely naive to the emotional ramifications of “starting over”, but this time it feels….heavier. i left durham to get away from the boring, the familiar, the predictable (i was 19…barf…) now that we’re moving to my husband’s hometown and facing head-on his coming-of-age memories and hang-out nostalgia, i miss durham terribly, something i really never thought i’d say. home is very transient for me at the moment but i’m leaning towards “anywhere but where i’m going” which seems a bit sad…
    another thought…i’ve bounced through 3 boroughs and 10+ apartments since moving here, each time sloughing away the fat of “things”. now i have a growing family with their own “things” and i’m scared i’ll be buried alive. what if we outgrow this house in a year? what if the kids hate the schools? what if i don’t make any friends? what if the stripmalls come to life and eat me? what if i feel trapped? what if i feel culturally left-behind? out-of-place? oh woes!
    that said…the yard IS fantastic…
    thanks for the topic!

  18. kazoo

    15 years, apartment in the middle of LA…i absolutely hate moving, and i love being in the middle of things. too many people in LA think it’s “too far” to drive east or west, and i don’t have that problem. AND i can easily not get in my car for a few days if i want and have everything within walking distance.
    BUT i’d love to move into a bigger place. 15 years with the apartment serving intermittently as an office and always as an art studio, and there’s just too much here and not enough space to spread my wings. alas, i’m not willing to move to the valley in order to find more space…

  19. Lars

    @Ken Here’s the reason for your expensive Chicago parking meters. It’s from Matt Taibbi, so you know it will capture today’s zeitgeist well.
    I’ve been in my apartment in NYC almost 14 years now. BTW, Ian, your old room will be vacant in March, so consider adding it as a pied-a-terre to your list of home-sweet-homes.
    I live on the street just down the block where Jodie Foster lived in the movie “Taxi Driver”. I’ve been here long enough to see nearly every trace of that film disappear, and be replaced by an almost ISO 9001 level of urban sophistication. Molecular gastronomy has now driven the street dealers out of sight. The neighborhood is a science fair where all the kids’ projects are for sale. It’s a very different experience now, safer and more expensive. So come on up to New York, ya’ll. A fine cocktail will only set you back $18 plus tip.

  20. julie

    We’ve been in our house 10.5 years. We would like to move closer to school into a neighborhood that has more school-age children and a better layout for riding bikes. Maybe this spring if the stars align.

  21. LFMD

    @ Freezing cold – which neighborhood? Federal Hill? I work in Canton. Sorry to hear about your wake-up call. Good Grief!
    I forgot to mention that we live on the same street in which my husband grew up. He has lived in the same area all his life; whereas I left home for college and never went back. Although I like Maryland and have been here since 1993, I don’t think of myself as being “from here.” I still tell people I am from NJ, and truth be told, I would move back to NJ in a heartbeat. Funny thing, because I could not wait to get the hell outta Jersey when I enrolled at UNC!

  22. freezing cold

    LMFD: Patterson Park – just up the hill from Canton. I think we’ve chatted Maryland on here before. I’m only hiding behind a nickname b/c I’m paranoid that, two years from now, someone will want to by my house, Google, and learn all about the poor dead guy in my street.

  23. Megan

    7 years. We’re never moving if we can help it. Great house, great location, great neighbors. I heart Durham!
    LFMD, I have a similar relationship to my maternal grandparents and their house, which will be sold soon. They’ve lived there for 60 years, and when I think about it being sold outside the family, I cry. It’s been one of the only constants in my 42 years.

  24. emma

    We moved to the street I live on ten years ago. As people mentioned above, neighbors can become so important. After we lived in our first house for a while, we told our neighbors that we would only move if they were still our next door neighbors. About 5-6 years ago, keeping our word, we bought the house two doors down and have the same next door neighbors. LOVE our house. We have a wrap around porch with a view of the river including a hammock and rocking chairs and that’s just the outside. I am in the middle of a kitchen redo right now, so my house is in shambles right now, but I know that it will be worth the disarray soon.
    Although I can’t see us moving out of our town or our house, I do miss many of the things that a big city offers. I try to make up for that by visits to other places as often as possible. This is getting more and more practical as the kids get older.

  25. LFMD

    @ Liz – having moved to my husband’s hometown and then his childhood street, I hear you! The only advice I have is to make your new town “your own” as soon as you can. I never did, and up until a few years ago, I was mentally and emotionally “just passing through” this Maryland suburb. Good luck!

  26. LFMD

    @Freezing cold: Patterson Park was my next guess! Your secret is safe with me! I noticed that on my street, the big thing people try to keep quiet is whether or not the former owner DIED IN THE HOUSE. No kidding! Everyone on this street is the original owner from the early 1960’s. They all moved here, raised their families here, and they all DIE here! Everyone remembers my husband as “Little Timmy.” I am “Little Timmy’s Wife” and my daughter is “Little Timmy’s Daughter.” Barf! Actually, it is nice in that the neighbors are very sweet and are all like surrogate parents. And, the neighborhood is very quiet, since the median age of the residents is 67. But, the only way anyone leaves is via ambulance. Given our mortgage, I fear that I may be here until I die as well. And then, my poor daughter will be telling prospective buyers, “Don’t worry, my parents didn’t die in this house! In fact, my mother died at work, in her cubicle!”
    @Megan: any chance someone in your family could buy your grandparents’ house? I tried that approach, but it would have meant completely uprouting my family (husband and daughter love it here), new school, new jobs, taking NJ bar exams, etc. Plus, the entire dynamic of their neighborhood had changed. There is a sizable Orthodox Jewish community in the neighborhood now . . . which would have been interesting from a cultural perspective, but would have further defeated my irrational dream of re-creating everything I loved about the place from my childhood. It just ain’t the same. . . except in my weekly dreams!

  27. Megan

    @LMFD: I guess I’d always held out hope that someone in our large (8 kids, 11 grandchildren) extended family would buy the place when the time came. But no one is at a stage of their life where it makes sense for them to buy a big 5 bedroom house.
    When I was a kid, I’d beg my mom to send me to my grandparents’ house because being there always felt like being on vacation. And it was, compared to what was going on in our nuclear family at the time. I guess it’s the feelings of childhood safety and happiness that I’m mourning as much as the house itself.

  28. liz

    @LFMD: thanks so much for the advice, i’ll definitely give it a good try. and i think you’re right, the sooner you can accept a home for what it is, flaws and all, the sooner you can start making it better. i’ll start with a bookclub and vegetable patch and work from there…
    @Lars: truth be told, your apartment was technically my first “home” in nyc…its been a while, but i stayed for a few nights before moving to an apt in the west village…i remember the popeyes chicken downstairs and thinking life could not get much better than 24hr access to fried chicken…time will tell!

  29. kevin from NC

    10 years at the end of Feb….60 year old house with an addition to the master suite. We did an addition to expand the kitchen and dining room. Never ever want to leave.

  30. amy

    a bit over a year and a half, since migrating from LA back to Raleigh. love that it’s super close to downtown and work…would move only to move out of NC…which is on the horizon, i think.

  31. jje

    We have been in this house, a house we built, for six years and I hope we will eventually rock our grandchildren on the front porch.
    Before this house, we spent seven years in our sweet little 1929 cottage, a style typical for our uptown urban neighborhood in Charlotte. We love living in a walkable neighborhood (shops, restaurants/bars, three parks including the biggest/best one in Charlotte, church, our Catholic elementary school, grocery store, etc.). My husband has a five minute commute into the city. The boys and I frequently enjoy our wonderful children’s library and science museum, both in the city. I walk every afternoon to pick up my kindergartner and pass by a sinful chocolate shop, two cupcake shops (one of which offers fro-yo, too), two smoothie shops, Starbucks and Caribou – life doesn’t get any sweeter!
    At any rate, we needed more space, didn’t want to move or renovate, and the opportunity came up to build on a lot just around the corner (from my third floor, I can almost see our old cottage). Yes, we did do a tear-down, but it was the ugliest little house ever built in either the 60s or 70s. I salvaged the mantel and telephone box and refinished them for the new house.
    Building a house (with a new baby) is one of the most stressful things my husband and I have ever done. But it was so worth it – I picked out absolutely everything from the color of the door hinges to the design of my stove backsplash to the features on the exterior that give it a classic cottage look (only bigger). I even re-designed several parts of the house, like the wraparound front porch and the giant pantry that became a separate pantry with a laundry room and a bumped out mudroom on the other side.
    The downstairs is completely open with arches (my changes to the plans) leading from one room into the next. The living room and kitchen are one big room, divided by a giant, square-ish granite island built into two columns (my idea) that make the kitchen feel like a separate room. It is perfect for entertaining – my friends gather in the kitchen around the island, but are still part of everything in the living room.
    I love my house and I can’t help being proud of it because of how I threw myself into planning every little detail. It is my dream house (well, at the budget we had to work with – LOL!). There are a few things here and there I’d do differently now, but on the whole, it makes me happy to be raising my family within these walls.
    My husband works in a field where if he’s not working here, then he needs to be in NYC. And we thought for a brief spell that might happen. But in the end, we sacrificed a little for what we believed was more important – the quality of life we have here in Charlotte.
    As soon as it hits spring, you will find me in my swinging daybed (that sounds um, weird – but it’s a gorgeous, white twin-size daybed, built of wood for me by a friend, that is attached to the roof of the porch…and it swings) with a cold drink and my Kindle while the boys play in the yard.

  32. jje

    Geez, I wrote a novel. Sorry! *blush*
    This so random, but I just heard from several friends on our neighborhood message board that Claire Danes is here shooting a Showtime series called Homeland. Which makes the trailer, tent and roped off parking lot at my favorite park (Latta) this morning make a lot more sense. And apparently they’re shooting at the shell in Freedom Park, which is even closer to me, on the 31st. See, even Hollywood knows how awesome Dilworth is! ;-)

  33. Caitlin

    About a year and a half. Thinking of moving in six months or so because we are finally feeling like we have the stability (and, almost, the down payment) to buy a house. But LA real estate is shockingly expensive, and we’d have to move away from the beach and to a less walkable neighborhood, so maybe we’ll wait longer. That, and we have amazing neighbors who we’d hate to leave. This street in Venice is the first place in LA that we’ve lived that I am truly fond of and feel like I have built a little community in.
    I’m also fond of the house itself, a small 1912 Craftsman bungalow with a porch and built-ins that has character and is not an anonymous stucco box or fake Spanish house. And a huge yard where we can have outdoor parties, complete with firepit dug my previous tenants, which we never could in our previous apartments.
    @Freezing cold, we lived in Baltimore for a year 2 years ago so I could go to the Hopkins public health school for grad school. We almost moved to Patterson Park but chickened out at the last minute and went for Charles Village instead. Then, one afternoon there was a gangland-style execution of two men at Chinese takeout place three blocks away from our apartment. Yikes. Watching “The Wire” while living in Bawlmer was educational. I did love Charles Village though, walkable, friendly, and had these neighbor-organized outdoor movie nights at a small park that we loved.

  34. Kjf

    small world – lots of baltimoreans here!
    I left Baltimore a few years ago to move to crazy land AZ. Lived in Federal Hill for some time and then moved over to Boston St. in Canton. We could have had lunch!

  35. cd

    About 2.5 years, and I hope that this is our last apartment in NYC. We love our space, our proximity to Prospect Park, our neighborhood, pretty much everything….but it’s getting dangerously close to time to make a break for it, for warmer climes and a slower pace and maybe an actual house. We’re pondering Durham. The food scene intrigues me a whole lot.

  36. ken

    @Lars – Taibbi could move here and write stuff every day about the ridiculous goings on in Chicago. I read that piece and also the Reader piece, plus local coverage on the Sun-Times and Tribune and it just gets more and more frustrating. At times, Chicago looks so cool (The Obama election night rally, Dark Knight, The Blackhawks Stanley Cup parade and rally) and wonderful and then we go and do something stupid and we look like a bunch of rubes (meatball Bears fans burning Jay Cutler jerseys after the loss Sunday). We can’t have nothing nice.
    Despite all the rancor over the meters (and there’s plenty) I do feel a pang of revenge in having found a small pocket of the Loop where there is free parking. I work in one of the tallest buildings in Chicago, one that you see in every shot of our skyline and yet, 75% of the time, I can park close enough to flick a lit cigarette (if I still smoked and littered) from my parking spot and hit my building. I even asked a cop and he said, “Yes, it’s totally legal, so I’d keep your mouth shut.” That is why I dare not reveal the exact building or street for fear that it becomes a meter-eligible spot or someone else parks there. It’s my (free) spot and you can’t have it. A paid spot in that neighborhood for the duration I park there would range from $15-45. That’s what it’s come to.
    So glad Mayor Daley is leaving, between tearing up Meigs Field and the meter controversy, he’s overstayed his welcome by a decade at least. Good riddance, Richie!

  37. Salem's Little Sister

    JJE- If your daybed goes missing do not come check out my front porch near PDS. I love Claire Danes and see a visit to Freedom Park in my future!
    Plus, big shout out to Durham!! We loved living there while James was at dook for his MBA and if we weren’t so attached to Charlotte could have easily lived there forever.

  38. Ellani

    6 years in our ‘house in house’…a huge two story apartment in a house with two other apartments. We have our own small yard, a garage, and are close to everything in our little town. We have neighbors with kids the same age, and get along so well with our next door neighbors that we made a hole in the hedge that separates our yards so their kids and ours could play with each other any time they want.
    This is the longest I have lived anywhere since I was 14 (now going on 42). It may not be perfect, but I am enjoying the feeling of finally learning what it means to have roots.

  39. Scott

    In this house for 7.5 years – plan to stay for as long as possible, well into retirement. In the same town for 13 years.
    We’ve renovated portions of the house (it was built in 1873 – before running water!), have added onto the house and still have much, much more to do. But the location is perfect, I have wonderful views out the back (highly unusual for the town where I live), good neighbors, short commute and it feels like our house could become the “teen destination” which would be great in my mind. I’d rather have them all at my place if possible.
    To echo a theme from some others – I’ve now lived in this house longer than I have anywhere else.

  40. jje

    SLS – I have pictures of it on FB. ;-) We share a mutual friend in JP (and Ian, of course). Happy to show it to you if you want to see it.
    My friend Robin is an amazing carpenter. She’s done different projects for a lot of us in our group. For the daybed, I showed her pics of what I like then she came up with a design based around that and some pretty antique brackets we found in a salvage shop.
    It’s a little slice of heaven on a nice day.

  41. Meredith

    A little over 3 years; may need to move b/c of arrival of 2nd baby 7 mos. ago – we like having a guest room/office, which means the boys have to share a room, which is okay for now, but as they get bigger, it’s less optimal. Plus we want some outdoor space, which we don’t have at the moment. This may require a move to the suburbs, which would then trigger all kinds of other decisions (do we move schools, what happens to commute, etc.), and currently inertia is the biggest factor in not moving, to be frank. It’s manageable at the moment, but not sure it’s sustainable. Hmmm….
    Prior to current flat, we were in another flat for c. 3 years, and before that another flat for c. 3 years. Before that, I had had to pack up all my belongings and move every summer for 9 years. While I appreciated the fact that this forced me to cull down all my cr@p to the bare minimum, it was exhausting, and I remember the huge sense of relief that came that first summer when I got to STAY PUT!

  42. Ruth

    Grew up in an NC piedmont town, lived in Chapel Hill way beyond graduation, moved to Portland, OR on a whim 12 years ago. While I harbor a very vague and mystifying but compelling pull back to NC, I love where I am. Possibly rooted here now, with family ties, but I’m not complaining. There are plenty of places on the internetz that extoll the virtures and possibilities of PDX and PNW, so I’ll refrain. (BTW, is anyone out there watching Portlandia?)

  43. Alyson

    Good question! We’ve lived in our apartment for a little more than 3 years. We moved here to Brooklyn from NC in September of 2007, and we got lucky enough to move to this apartment. It’s on the ground floor of a brownstone, has a backyard, new appliances, well-kept hardwood floors and tiles, laundry in the basement (and wash-and-fold on the corner), and nice neighbors. We’re six minutes’ walk from three train lines, near tons of restaurants, shops, grocery stores, the Greenmarket, and other conveniences. We even got married at the club around the corner last summer!
    We really love it right now, but the apartment itself is starting to feel too small. We are in the process of redoing all our storage to try to mitigate that, and then we’ll see where we are.
    I miss certain things about North Carolina, but they’re not really lifestyle things. Just stuff like biscuits and people wearing colors. Not really enough to make me move, considering how much I love about NYC.

  44. Emma's Big sis

    Ruth, I too moved to Portland after living in NC most of my life. We moved here 20 years ago for 2 years…Have lived in the current house for 13 years and love it and probably couldn’t afford it today, even in this housing market. My 17 year old laughed all the way through Portlandia. Me, I thought it was ok, not great.

  45. Emma's Big sis

    Ruth, I too moved to Portland after living in NC most of my life. We moved here 20 years ago for 2 years…Have lived in the current house for 13 years and love it and probably couldn’t afford it today, even in this housing market. My 17 year old laughed all the way through Portlandia. Me, I thought it was ok, not great.


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