So, since I’ve been down here – my job has been to search out the area and find a good place for us to rent a house. Quite a feat – luckily I had my sister-in-law and friend Jake to help me and keep me company. So, off I went.
After several days of pure driving around St. Lucie, Martin, and just a smidge into northern Palm Beach County, I got an idea of the area. Unfortunately there weren’t a lot of “For Rent” signs visible. :-/ So back to craigslist and realtor websites to continue the search. It really seemed that there was NOTHING out there! We wanted three bedrooms, two baths, a fenced in yard, pets allowed (um, three big dogs), somewhat modern/updated, within 20-30 minutes drive from David’s job in Palm Beach Gardens. Searched on Craigslist day after day. Nothing. Nothing. Too small. Nothing. Too expensive. Nothing. Too far. No fence. Nothing. Too sketchy. No pets allowed.
It was clear we were going to have to compromise. So I revised the criteria – smaller, more $. Still. Nothing. Ugh. At this point, we were trying to figure out how we were going to convince our newly married sister and brother-in-law to let us stay with them for a bit longer. We had the talk. We settled in for a few months of slow searching. It just wasn’t looking like we were getting our own place.
Then suddenly- we found it. The perfect house. It was much further south than we originally planned. Not as obviously close to I-95 as we originally wanted. Not three bedrooms. But it looked clean, cute, had a fenced in yard, was 11 miles from David’s job, and only 2 miles from the beach. And most importantly, it allowed our three big dogs!
So we looked at the house, gave them a check for the deposit and begged them to hold it for us. And it’s ours! We got a call the next day saying we had it! Finally. A house of our own. Together. I know we just ended our lease June 30th in Gainesville. But David’s been gone since May 23rd. My home has been upside down and inside out, into storage, and in confused chunks here, there, and everywhere. It will be such a relief to have our own space, so I can settle.
Our house is just on the border between Tequesta and Jupiter, FL on the Jupiter side. David has a friend who lives, wait for it, four miles from our new house. We just had dinner with him at a fabulous local neighborhood family restaurant – Cobblestone Cafe. YUM. Oh and the best best best part of all? Dog beach. That’s right. DOG. BEACH. I can’t get any happier. There is a beach that allows dogs off-leash only 3 miles from our house. For David, there is a wonderful snorkeling beach 2 miles away. Awesome.
Seems like we’ll be moving in July 15th and I’ll be making quite a few trips to IKEA over the next month or so. We have NO furniture! All our stuff was old old old and/or won’t fit in our two bedroom house. We’re going to have our second bedroom as a dedicated office. This will be a first. It’s going to be AWESOME!