I know what you're thinking.
What does a McRib Sandwich from McDonald's have anything to do with real estate???
There is a connection, at least for me there is. Just read on.
So today while I was at home feeding my 7 month-old son his homemade butternut squash, I got a call from an agent who had a client that was interested in making an offer on one of my listings. Fantastic! I turned down the TV and spoke to him for a few minutes while my son devoured his meal. After hanging up and turning the volume back up on the TV, I saw it...
The new McDonald's commercial for the McRib Sandwich.
Ah...the catchy music. The simple images of people eating a McRib Sandwich. I was hooked. And that's when I made up my mind. I was going to have a McRib Sandwich for dinner tonight.
After my son was done gulping his food down, he started to get a little fussy. So I decided that, instead of driving, I'd walk to McDonald's with my son to get my McRib fix.
I had never walked to McDonald's before from my home. Usually whenever I want fast food, I hop in my car and go through the drive-thru. But I also recognize the importance of exercise and getting some fresh air, and it made sense to do so to calm my son down, too.
After only 15 minutes, I was ordering my McRib Sandwich at the McDonald's in Irvine at the Culver Plaza off Culver and Irvine Center Drive. Let me tell you: this particular McDonald's is SOOOO Irvine. Not only is this drive-thru always super fast (based on my experience from other visits), the inside of this restaurant is awesome. The color scheme is dark wood and brushed nickel. Even the symbol of the "golden arches" on the wall was done in brushed nickel. The decor on the walls is very modern. And get this: there's a flat screen TV on the wall that was tuned into ESPN. This McDonald's seemed more like a fancy coffee house than your traditional McDonald's joint.
So after getting my McRib Sandwich faster than I could put the change back into my wallet, my son and I strolled back home as the sun was going down. Ah, how beautiful the walk was through Westpark. There were other people walking with their kids, taking a jog, walking their dogs, and riding their bikes.
You see, I actually live in one of the newer homes in Columbus Grove, just beyond Westpark. In fact, I'm an original owner and the first person to move in on my street. And one of the most wonderful things about living in Columbus Grove (in my humble opinion) is the fact that we are so close to everything in both Tustin and Irvine. For a busy working mom like myself, convenience is a big deal for me. Being so conveniently close to 3 Target stores, 2 Costco warehouses, 2 Best Buy stores, 2 In-N-Out restaurants, Whole Foods, Henry's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, 99 Ranch Market, Diamond Jamboree Plaza, and -- of course -- several McDonald's restaurants, I can get so much more done in less time.
So in my quest for a McRib Sandwich from McDonald's, I was reminded of how great it is to live in Columbus Grove and be surrounded by so many places that appeal to me. I was reminded of how outdoor-friendly the city of Irvine can be. I was reminded of how important it is to take the time to enjoy my beautiful surroundings. And perhaps next weekend I'll walk to McDonald's again and catch a football game on ESPN. SOOOO Irvine. :)
For more info on Columbus Grove (or the McRib Sandwich!), feel free to contact me.