Because a new baby, COVID, potty training toddler, and local riots just weren’t enough it looks like we’re adding a move to mix.
We hadn’t originally intended on moving for several more years at least. I LOVE this house and being in the city but the events so far this year have changed things. First up is, of course, COVID. Not only has it changed the space requirements for our house (we really need office space for two) it’s also cut off a lot of what we love about the neighborhood. Some of our favorite local shops have closed or are about to go under. Some of favorite restaurants have reduced their hours and options making them no longer feasible for us. Do you want to force a 3yo into a mask to go out to eat? Hell, *I* don’t want to put on mask to go out to eat.*
Then we had riots. In our neighborhood. I got a call from our daycare telling us we needed to pick up the kids because the main part of the St Paul riots were happening was literally across the street.** Our daycare stayed closed for a couple days and we heard a pretty constant stream of sirens and helicopters all weekend. On top of general stress that caused, the businesses that were still chugging along through COVID got hit with another round of destruction.
While it’s possible some of these businesses will rebound, it’s more likely that it will take a significant amount of time. Minneapolis is also making some questionable decisions and St Paul is usually not far behind so we decided to get out while the gettin’s good. The current low interest rates and crazy market make it actually a pretty good time…although the market has made finding a new home rather difficult. There is an insane amount of competition right now, but we did eventually find a house that checks almost all our boxes. We even scored some water-front property.***
So that’s it… we’re going suburban. I truly hope St Paul doesn’t go the way we think it’s heading, but we’re not willing to gamble on it. So far we’ve made it through the inspection and appraisal so barring any crazy catastrophes we’ll be closing mid October. I’m really sad to be leaving this house. And I’m sad I never got to finish it. The prospect of a new project is exciting though. This house would probably be considered “move in ready” by most people, but since Matt and I are not “most people” we have several plans already.
*And before people get all up in arms, this doesn’t mean I’m actively protesting masks in public. I don’t enjoy wearing them therefore I try and avoid situations where I am required to but suck it up if I must.
**Thankfully the “street” is an expressway, but it was still way too close for comfort.
**The water may be a drainage pond, but it’s a decently picturesque drainage pond.