Contrary to the creative posting by certain smart ass assistants, we’re not completely wrapped up in house issues. We’re also working on Kate 10.
A lot of you emailed and asked us when we are moving, where we are moving, and so on.
Austin is a big sprawling city that’s only getting bigger and it keeps gobbling up the smaller municipalities on its way. It has serious traffic problems, crime problems, etc. We don’t live in Austin proper, but in one of the smaller suburb towns up north. There are several problems with our current town, not the least of which is allergies. The area has experienced an explosive growth and while that brings benefits – Costco, Whole Foods, World Market, etc – it also brings problems. The traffic is murder. It takes forever to clear the town in rush hour. We just got into a car accident, where an Austin Community College student crossed three lanes of traffic and hit our car. The crime rate in our once-little suburb has also gone up quite a bit due to influx of people, and our police department isn’t super awesome. When a Texas Ranger publicly admits that he would be scared to be arrested in our town, it’s not a good sign. I’ll take Austin PD over our locals any day. House prices are up too. To give you an idea, our house was appraised at 100K higher than we bought it for. Some of it is due to the improvements we made, but a lot of it is the rising home prices. Land is difficult to find, unless you go really far out, and we can’t do satellite internet. We just can’t.
We moved to the area for the schools, but now the girls have graduated. We are done and ready to move.
The original plan was to move to Florida, but we moved away from it for several reasons. First, and most important, the girls are not quite ready for us to be several states away. We need to be within driving distance. They need the ability to come home if things don’t work out for whatever reason.
Second, the recent hurricanes made us rethink the house on the water. We were moving to Florida for the beach and we still would like to do that down the road. But at this point, we would end up with 3 dogs and 3 cats. If we had to evacuate, evacuating 6 animals would be very difficult. I don’t know of any hotel that would take us. Some of our friends, who didn’t evacuate, lost power for 5 days. I don’t know what we would do in 100 degree heat for 5 days with two bulldogs. And, due to the nature of our work, we often have to be available for events online. We also have to travel. If we are on tour or at a convention, and a hurricane hits the kennel where the dogs and cats are, that would be a bit of a nightmare. As morbid as it sounds, we have to wait until we have less animals to take care of, so we are more mobile. Ideally, I’d like to be down to two dogs and a maybe a cat.
We decided that we want a bit more land, which around our suburb is at a premium. At least an acre. We want a larger house, so we can use some of the rooms for a dedicated office and possibly a library and a craft room. Even if it’s the size of a closet, I still want a little craft room for my yarn. We want a quiet street, away from too much traffic win an area where we can get cable internet. And we want all of this to be within driving range of the kids.
We’re moving to San Marcos, Texas.
It’s a cute college town roughly halfway between Austin and San Antonio. When people describe it, they sometimes say that it’s what Austin used to be like before it started really growing. Because it has Texas State University, the town is prone to college kid problems, such as petty crime etc., and it’s a larger city, so we are not getting that much better in terms of crime, but we are getting a quieter neighborhood, 2 acres of land, and a ridiculously French house. I swear, that place looks like it popped out of a movie. When our agent saw the pictures, she communicated only in French with us for the whole day. We’ve been calling it the Chateau. We had seen a ton of very standard Texas Suburb Mansions, and they were all gorgeous, but there is just something about this unusual house that all of us instantly loved.
The Chateau is older, it’s been on the market for the better part of the year, and it definitely needs some work, but we love it. It has the potential for a garden in the back and it comes with a tiny apartment, which one of the kids could use if they choose to move with us and possibly attend TSU. The subdivision is very quiet. It opens to I-35, which means that all of the conveniences are readily available. I know people rag on the box stores, but I’m one of those people who likes to have the brand stores nearby. If I break my keyboard, I want to be able to pop out to Best Buy and get a new one in under an hour. San Marcos also has a ridiculously huge outlet mall, so bonus.
My husband also felt compelled to point out that my favorite yarn store is only 25 minutes away from the house and there is a second yarn store, only 26 minutes away in the other direction. Two yarn stores. Of course, after we buy the house, I may not be able to afford yarn for a bit, but that’s okay. My stash is massive as is.
The area is very beautiful. San Marcos has San Marcos and Blanco rivers, parks, biking trails, and it is lovely.
We will be close to our kids, we won’t have to give up our friends, and we still will be in Texas, which is also a bonus. There are a lot of good things about Texas, including HEB and sensible roads, but the best are the Texas people, who come together in a time of crisis. I don’t agree with the state’s politics and some things frustrate me, but overall, this is home, at least for now. Keeping our fingers crossed that we can successfully close on the house and nothing goes wrong. 🙂