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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)

12 comments:

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Looks like a great place to live to me:)
Whoa, you lived in Harrisburg? We were practically neighbors:)

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Looks like a great place to live to me:)
Whoa, you lived in Harrisburg? We were practically neighbors:)

PJ said...

wow! that is a gorgeous area! i think you guys will be very happy there!

Ann said...

looks like a great place

Athena said...

See? Outdoor plugs! That's enough of a great reason to move! ;)

Seriously, though, it sounds like a terrific place. And the beach looks wonderful.

Amy Lilley Designs said...

WONDERFUL...looks beautiful...sounds like a great place to raise your family...ALL THE BEST...:))))bo

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Ah, very nice and peaceful. It looks so relaxed and peaceful. Congrats! on your new home.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Something went wrong and I couldn't comment on your last post - but I wanted to say your elf is adorable! And the beach looks like a lot of fun :)

Anonymous said...

Kelly-Lakeshore,looks like in Finland)Go-definatelly !Anyway change is good)PS.I owe you a call -big time.I started gym again and we have a guest coming Fri and Sat stay but yes I need a Gift )))
Love,Marjo

Theresa said...

As long as you are now going to be safe, that is really the main thing. Though I hope you are planning on posting photos when the time comes of the Christmas decorations!!

Shinade aka Jackie said...

It looks absolutely wonderful to me. I really miss living on the east coast. Congratulations and wow now we get to see pictures of your Christmas lights too!

I am very happy for all of you,
Jackie!:-)

Bone*Head*Studios said...

Hello Kelly,
Much luck with this new neighborhood and I hope you find piece in your new home. We have lived in our home for about 30 yrs and have seen the area go downhill, I just wish we could move on too...
Blessings,Flora