Over the last month we have been seriously house hunting in Charleston, S.C. There are so many distinct areas to live in and around Charleston. You can live downtown, Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, West Ashley, James Island and John’s Island. Those are just the areas that we looked at.
For us, and a lot of families, schools play a huge part in where we want to live. I toured a few schools and zoned in on the districts that I liked. It did not take long to understand that a home in our budget in Charlotte looks a lot different from a home in our budget in Charleston. We usually go for a 1950’s ranch that might need a few updates. I felt like I had been hit in the stomach after viewing Charleston ranch homes in our budget. They had potential, but needed a lot of work. The homes were a lot smaller than the average Charlotte ranch and cost too much…for us.
I had a choice, dwell in the fact that we would not be living in a cute 1950’s ranch in an established neighborhood or change my plan.
We took a break from house hunting and headed to the beach. This is one of the reasons why we want to be in Charleston. The goal is an easier and more laid back life. I know, easier said than done.
It was beautiful and exactly what I needed.
So we went back out with a new perspective.
1. We did not have to live in a 1950’s ranch.
2. We did not have to live in an established neighborhood.
3. We needed great schools.
4. We needed a place that we could spend more time at the beach and discovering our new city instead of working on our home.
And we found it.