We're Listing The House!
This is going to be a brief post, because as you might imagine, it is quite the whirlwind of activity over here, but yes, after looking at homes in a variety of coastal Orange County areas, and thinking long and hard about the lifestyle we see ourselves living in this next chapter of our retired lives, we have decided to put our current home up for sale.
We have seen enough properties to be fairly confident we'll be able to locate a home in our price range within two - four miles from the ocean, depending on what activities and amenities we ultimately elect to prioritize (the closer to the ocean, the more compressed the housing and farther away from major roads, and the direct opposite for homes a bit farther from the ocean)
We have located enough activities online in our selected areas to have a good sense of confidence that we can replicate the things we much enjoy about our current lives - lifelong learning program, spiritual community, performing arts, yoga, ballroom dance, hiking and biking - plus evolve toward many more not currently available, or at least not easily so - easy access to the ocean for daily walking, biking, and kayaking, a plethora of restaurants, surfing contests, whale activities both learning and teaching, boating, almost daily public events in the surrounding communities, art programs, and so, so much more.
So after losing a good amount of sleep agonizing over making such a big change, the dust has finally settled, and things are feeling increasingly 'right' to move in this direction.
I know we have a lot of turmoil, work, stress and doubt ahead, but we're prepared to work through each thing as it comes, and we are deeply excited about what awaits us at the end.