Guys, I don’t want to jinx it, but we found a house. We’re going through the process right now and it’s all contingent on so many things, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed all works out. This was a tough decision for us, because we fell in love with 2 houses. One in Minneapolis with a great view of the skyline around the block and another in Lauderdale, a tiny little township between Minneapolis, St. Paul and Roseville. It does not have an awesome view of the skyline, however it does have an awesome school district.
I like living in the city. Not necessarily downtown but close by. I prefer an urban environment to that of the suburbs as it feels less chain restaurant, big box store-y and more local. I love the running/biking trails in the city, and being close to all the fun things that go on. I like being close to the public transit, because I’ll be damned if I’m going to fight parking at the mall of america when I can just take the light rail. And there is just something about being able to see the city, it’s hard to explain and the hubs doesn’t get it, but just being able to see it makes me feel at home. My favorite thing is running over the Franklin bridge either early in the morning as the sun is coming up or in the evening as the sun is setting and just pausing for a brief moment to take in the view of the sun behind the city just starting to hit the Mississippi. It’s amazing.
You’re probably thinking oh they obviously chose the Minneapolis house! We didn’t. We chose the Lauderdale home. I’d be lying if I said it was an easy choice. It really really wasn’t. We went back and forth and back and forth but in the end, we knew the Lauderdale home was in a nice quiet neighborhood, with a fantastic school district and also 10K less. This home would be the best choice for starting a family. So little yet to be conceived child of ours, you’re welcome. We hope you’ll be happy with our decision. This house is actually less than 5 miles from downtown Minneapolis. I could easily run there, but I can’t see it and thats what makes it hard. I know it’s crazy we’re still so close to the city, but because I can’t see it from my neighborhood and because I’m not in walking distance of anything it makes me feel isolated. It’s going to take some getting used to, but I’m still confident we made the right choice.
Obviously things could totally fall through and we don’t end up with this house, and this post could end up being just a waste of time and useless rambling. But if things go smoothly and we do end up living there, I hope I can look back on this post when I’m questioning why we moved so far from the city and remember why we did.