I lived on the gulf coast of Florida for many years, but I went to visit an old friend on the other coast last year and really liked it. The other coast looks so much different! While there, I began looking into a possible apartment in Jacksonville FL to see what they’re like and gather some preliminary info on pricing. I didn’t see anything that I disliked at all. I went home from that trip with the thought of possibly moving there in the back of my mind. I continued to think about it for another six months or so.
I had always lived in the same city. I grew up in the same city that I was born in. I even lived in the same home that I grew up, well into my 40s. The house had been willed to me in my 30s, so I just never felt the need to sell it at that point. I was comfortable there. Bored, for sure, but definitely comfortable. I really didn’t get a chance to meet the neighbors and become friends with them because different landlords were renting out most of the homes in the neighborhood, so new renters came and went often.
It was after visitingmy friend that I first thought of moving. I was excited by the brown sand on the beaches there. Very different from what I used to. Rocky terrain was common there as well, which is another thing that I wasn’t used to. And I really liked that the city has four different seasons. One day, I just decided it was time for me to move there. I put my house on the market, sold it and moved to the other coast. I rented an apartment temporarily while I took my time getting settling in.