No, not a creepy stalker! I am a real estate stalker. Although I currently rent and am not looking to purchase a home or condo any time soon, it does not stop me from spending hours trolling the two most popular real estate sites on the web. I've looked all over the United States, in small towns and large, college towns and metropolitan cities. I find it thrilling to look at the different floor plans, to see how a kitchen is configured and how the backyard is landscaped. I especially love the listings where the pictures show a home that's being lived in. It's fascinating to see how people decorate their spaces.
Deep down, I think I am restless. I live on the west coast in one of the most expensive housing markets in the US. I will never be able to afford to buy here. Not ever. I would love to own my own home but wonder if I'll find the vibrant diversity and culture that I now have here somewhere else. I also wonder if my choice to be a single mother will be as accepted elsewhere.
I long for a place not crisscrossed by freeways which are packed on Friday night and Sunday night, a result of the "Weekend Warrior" syndrome. I want to feel safe, to have a sense of community, to experience the outdoors which does not include man-made ponds and overly manicured greenbelts and I want to stop paying half of my salary for rent.
In five year's time I could see myself leaving this state and relocating. But where? Is life happy and liveable outside of the Golden State? Do we really have a corner on culture, food, jobs and diversity?
I'd be interested in hearing about other places around the US (in general terms of course!). Do you like where you live? Why or why not?