As a native of Montgomery County, I've enjoyed great employment opportunities, am the product of a 1st class public school system, and have seen five children go to some of the best high schools in the country. BUT, now that they're all grown and ready to fly from the nest, it's time to think about "right-sizing". Our house is big and getting empty.
As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, I have assisted many people with their departure from the county (MoCo as my kids refer to it!). The taxes are killer here! I think that it would be a great idea to give some tax credit to older Gaithersburg homeowners who no longer have school-age children. HA! Not bloody likely to happen, but I do think it's fair.
Anyway, the first step to relocating is deciding where to go. St. Augustine, FL has always been my home away from home. Palm trees, wide white beaches, pelicans, and mom. But with all five kids in this area, that would be just too far.
This past weekend, we made our third or fourth trip to Delaware. The first trip was dizzying and I couldn't get a grasp on the geography. What's the difference between Bethany and Rehoboth and Lewes? Actually I had some of the same confusion on the second trip as well. This most recent trip was a huge success. I learned the difference in the towns and fell in love with Lewes (pronounced like Louis).
We had the benefit of a FANTASTIC referral for a realtor, Gail Cox of RE/MAX Realty Group. We should all take lessons from Gail! She's a great listener, a wealth of experience, knows the towns like the back of her hand, and has to be one of THE most pleasant people you could ever meet. With a fistful of listings, we hit the road! This trip was different. I felt more familiar and comfortable and we quickly ruled out Bethany Beach. You can fire a canon down Main Street in the off season and not hit a soul! It's important to me to feel a part of the community - how are you going to do that if nobody's there? Rehoboth is happening, but the homes we liked were too close to the main drag. During the summer season, how would we get out of our development? And then there was Lewes! Fun, friendly, and just so nice. We found a lot in a beautiful neighborhood only one mile from downtown - perfect! Check out all there is to do in Lewes! We're goin' for it! By the way, I find it very interesting that St. Augustine is the oldest city and Lewes is "the first town in the first state".
Now, what am I going to do with all this stuff? I guess that's another post!