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03 April 2006 @ 08:30 am
Return to the Soggy South  
ladyat and I spent the extended weekend in Indianapolis, where Reggie Miller's number was being retired on Thursday night. Except for the game itself (yes, the Pacers really do stink at this time), the various festivities were very enjoyable - a quiet dinner with the members of the old and venerable Pacers' fan e-mail list on Thursday before the game, then a rollicking night with the Pacers' Digest forum folks on Friday night.

In between times, we wandered about the old home town and environs. Friday we went to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Saturday we went to the Indianapolis Zoo (alas, April is still too cold for the lemurs).

Ahh, but on Thursday...

We decided to walk into the town square from my Dad's house and, on the way, noted that the Big House on Main Street was for sale. This is a huge Victorian style house that belonged to the Vice-President of the bank when I was growing up. It is also the only house in town that ladyat has said she could choose to live in.

ladyat called the Realtor and made an appointment for us to go ahead and see the inside. It is gorgeous, huge, not in Georgia, and a fraction of the cost I would have expected from dealing with inflated Cobb County prices.

Did I mention that it is laid out almost perfectly to attach a recording studio and office space to the back?

So, what does this mean? While I can pretty much work from anywhere in the country, ladyat obviously cannot. We have many, many ties to the Atlanta area - not least of which are Oak Spring, our various bands, and ... oh, yeah, our grandchildren. We also have a mortgage that has a penalty clause if we pay it off any time within the next 2 years. And, alas, just being able to pay for a move and the proper furniture for such a beautiful house (not to mention the pair of season tickets for the Pacers) is a bit beyond our means at this time.

The house has changed hands a couple of times in the last decade, so it isn't likely to be a permanent sale even if it sells soon. We've also begun to be more active in investing, so in a few years we could maybe afford to have "snowbird" status and own two houses. In any event, it has shown us that some things we didn't think were even remotely likely could, in fact, happen; we need to keep our eyes open for all the possibilities and prepare ourselves to take advantage.

Would I make ladyat live in a town she has professed no liking for over the years? Her position is that this house would be so perfect that it would make the location moot.

For me, there is a simultaneous excitement at even the remotest possibility of "going home", bemusement at the idea of how we would fit into said "home" 30 years on (though there is a thriving Unitarian Universalist congregation in Danville now), and (most of all) an even more determined interest in becoming independent of our current sources of income and money/time sinks.

I've left this one up to the Gods. If it is meant to happen, the opportunities will present themselves when the time is right. I'll stick to my knitting by continuing to clean up our finances and make us ready for whatever happens.

Coming home to spring mugginess (I will not turn on the A/C this early, though the inside temperatures are high and my allergies are breaking through the Claritin barrier) has not improved the appeal of Georgia for me, that's for sure.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
stevieanniestevieannie on April 3rd, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)
Man, that's *cheap*, by UK prices! And so beautiful!

If that's a realistic price on US real estate, we could buy something over there in 15 years or so. Must get over current... blip... first :-)
Mandelbearmdlbear on April 3rd, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
Cheap by San Jose, CA standards, too; our house is half the size and probably at least twice the price, in a not-so-good section of town with a postage stamp for a lot.
stevieanniestevieannie on April 3rd, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
That's it! We're all moving to Danville!
Mandelbearmdlbear on April 3rd, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
Tempting. The San Francisco Bay Area is a great place to live, but when if I retire we'll probably have to move.
Debbie Gtollers on April 3rd, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
By San Jose standards (much of CA, for that matter), almost anywhere other than New York and Chicago probably looks remarkably affordable. I've looked at jobs in the San Francisco area a couple of times (including, at one point, the possibility of relocating w/ my current company) and the cost of living increase in my salary wouldn't have come close to making up the difference in the actual cost of living.

I've got a new-to-me house under contract, about 45 miles north of Indianapolis. About 2200 square feet, 3br, 2ba, huge greatroom perfect for drum circles or jam sessions, an immense front porch (for taking those jam sessions outdoors in nice weather, 11 acres of woods and rolling hills and a 1.5-acre pond, all for less than $200k. Add to that the fact that I actually like Indianapolis, and it's all good! (Indy's big enough to have a strong music and theatre community, a good zoo, excellent museums, good restaurants, etc., but not so big that it's unweildy.)
Debbie Gtollers on April 3rd, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
Wow... gorgeous house!

And even though I'm about to move about as far northeast of Indy (Alexandria) as you'd be westish of Indy, it would still be nice to have a couple more Celtic music types and Generally Cool People in the Indy area.

As added info, fwiw... the pagan community hereabouts is actually growing up. We had a few seriously dysfunctional years, but the community as a whole now has more diversity and more ability to work together, so this is a good thing.

So I will join you in the hopes that, if this is what should be, the pieces will all fall into place with time.

(And, completely off-topic... did you see my Thing pics? http://www.reddogs.com/gallery/thing31 is the location, in case it didn't make it to you!)
Lynn Goldfigmo on April 3rd, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
Yeegs. If I sold my house I could buy that place outright and have massive amounts of money to live on.

OTOH, I'm not sure I'd be comfortable living in Danville, Indiana.
vixyish on April 4th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
Holy COW. That's amazingly cheap by Seattle area standards, as well.

Looks lovely! I hope whatever happens is whatever's best. :)
Adam Selzeradamselzer on April 30th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
I don't even want to think of what I'd pay for that place if it were in Chicago.
Mary Ellen Wessels: smileyohifolkmew on May 1st, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
Wow! Looks lovely. Seems it would be a huge change for you guys but change isn't always bad...

Ever read a book called 'Staying Put'? I really enjoyed it. But MAN do I want to settle down somewhere. sigh...

(oh and I have NO idea why you weren't on my flist before but you are now! sorry!)