“Is Tallahassee home or not?”

We are heading back to New Hampshire soon. We are the winners of the Choose Tallahassee “Home Free” contest that brought us to Tallahassee for a year free. It has been a marvelous year…so many have contributed to make this year a success! We were given a home for a year, cable TV, Tallahassee Democrat paper, Tickets to FSU, FAMU, Tallahassee Theatre, FSU and TCC theatre, the Symphony, the Ballet, many-many memberships to different organizations, a Four Points Hotel stay, Tallahassee Senior Center and OLLI events to mention just a few. I don’t know how we will ever thank everyone.

Just so you know, we are NOT moving back to New Hampshire, we are just making a short visit to take care of a few things with our home up there, see some friends and just enjoy a week on the road visiting relatives up and back.

I wish it had been easier to sell our home up there but like so many others it wasn’t meant to be for us even after months of home preparation and a great realtor. On our last visit we decided to tell our realtor we were going to rent to cover our mortgage expenses. It seemed that God opened his ear to our request that very day we told the realtor, because by the end of the day we had a renter. Just hours after our realtor left, a lady we knew from church left a voice mail on my phone about possibly renting it. She wanted to talk to us when we were up in NH again. I called her back and told her we WERE in NH so she came over to see it and rent it. It gave us all goosebumps.

Landlords again! I guess I have mixed feelings on all this because I really would like to call Tallahassee our home but you know, things are tied up until that house sells. And now we have a renter. I have talked with many others here who have gone through this same experience….but I wouldn’t change a thing. This retirement move was what we needed and wanted!

We come from a small village in NH where you don’t find apartment buildings and not too many rentals unless someone has an in-law suite to rent. We live out in the country on 2 acres about 20-30 minutes from two nearby towns. Our tenant is a school teacher in the elementary school in our little village, yet she has three teenagers who are bussed into the next town where a high school is located. So if she didn’t find a rental in our village her kids would have to change schools and she would have to drive back each day to teach.

The owner of the home we are in now has been going through this same thing…wanting to sell and putting their lives on hold for those Choose Tallahassee people (us)…we are very grateful to them, as we know our renters in NH are grateful to us.

Our lovely landlords have extended our lease into next year which gives us some breathing room after our year is up after August with Choose Tallahassee.

I don’t think we could have picked a nicer city than Tallahassee to retire in. Yes, it was a leap of faith to make such a move without our home sold and unknowns. But sometimes you have to just, “step out of the boat”. We have landed on our feet and are enjoying our retirement thanks to all those around us.

We are happy to report that Tallahassee is in the running for the All American City award. Tallahassee certainly has a lot to offer! AARP just had an article this week that Tallahassee was rated 5th out of 30 cities in the country as a good place to live and make friends. It is a city “where residents look out for family and neighbors, join civic groups, vote in high numbers and have easy access to the digital world”. So come one, come all and Tallahassee will work out for you too.

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