After 2 years of dreaming it up, I did it. I am buying a house in Asheville, NC. For realz!!! It’s a bit of a “Holy Shit” moment for me!!
When I was fired from my job, 2 and a half years ago, I knew that I wanted to leave LA. I began exploring possibilities of where to land next. I ended up taking a road trip with my parents (10 days in the car and no fights…I am pretty sure I achieved enlightenment) and looked at cities around the south. Asheville just felt right. So I began dreaming. Planning. Looking at real estate online. I began this outrageous adventure spending a month in Asheville. I went back home, sold my stuff and got my ass back here as soon as possible.
About 2 weeks ago, I spent a few days in Asheville, looking at property with my wonderful real estate agent. In hind sight, I can see how absolutely grace-filled the experience was, but when I was in it, it felt rough. The truth is, it took only 3 days. But day 2 was a fucking doozy! 2 long days of looking at everything on the market that I could afford I was spent. The things that were ok were so far from town. The things in town were out of my budget. I didn’t know what it all meant…was I being a brat about wanting what I wanted? Did this mean I that it wasn’t the right time to be in Asheville? I was tired. Frustrated. And all around cranky.
I went back to the apartment I was renting and had a long talk with myself. I decided not to force anything…that if it felt too far or just not right, then it was. I moved into the space of surrender. Reminded myself that I didn’t know the future. Or the ultimate purpose. I moved into remembering what felt good. Going to Portland felt yummy, so I looked for places to stay in that neck of the woods for a month or so. I slipped back into myself and went to bed.
The next day, the first place…I made an offer. It was adorable. Newish. Clean. In a great area of town. 2 beds. 2 baths. A fucking sun room!! It was a foreclosure, so I was told to brace for a long process. I figured, whatever happens, happens…I was going to go have fun. 2 days later they countered. I accepted. Everything was worked out in less then 2 weeks time. We close late November, giving me ample time to go to Portland, or Austin or anywhere I else I desire before getting to move in and decorate outrageously!!