Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The New Neighborhood
These are pictures we took when we went to go see our potential new residence. Headlands Beach State Park is a couple miles from the home we looked at. There is also a nature area (the Mentor Marsh) that has hiking trails nearby. The city of Mentor is a bike friendly community and has bike paths in many neighborhoods, some that actually run from the neighborhood we would be living in to the beach park.
I grew up in Mentor and, ironically, vowed never to live there again (I also said that about Cleveland when I was 18 and then I lived in Detroit, Harrisburg, PA and Columbus, OH and realized it and its residents weren't all that bad after all) Mentor is a fine community to raise a family. Other nice features in our new neighborhood are the playground/splash park at the end of the street, within walking distance, and a very highly rated elementary school.
The home is smaller but the reality is our family actually enjoys togetherness. We are a pretty laid back family and we enjoy spending time together. If we need space, we have our own little rooms to disappear into or if we feel so inclined we can easily walk out the door and hike, walk or bike in beautiful surroundings. Plus, a smaller house is easier to keep clean and I have better things to do with my time besides clean (like make elves!! and take care of one fabulous toddler!) It's quiet, safe and offers a healthier, higher quality of life for all of us.
Oh, and the part I really like, the house actually has outdoor plugs so we could put up Christmas decorations!:o)