‘Change is the only constant in life.’
Was it only last July that we turned our lives upside down by deciding to sell our U.S. home and live full-time in Greece?
Was it only last year that I showed you photos of our ‘summer of slogging’ and made jokes about living out of that corrugated metal storage unit we’d rented in the Seattle suburb?
|Filling up the Storage Unit - July 2017|
One Year Later. . .
|The Stone House on the Hill - far right|
being ‘homeless’ in America.
Having no address to call our own, coupled with ‘living out of the storage’ unit (as I had quipped last summer) wasn’t working. That fact became real clear after our visit in the Northwest last January.
We got rid of one temporary address during that visit. Our friend's graciously loaned us another. Our visits to the storage unit were bleak. Seeing our life’s accumulations – the stuff special enough to have kept -- stuffed into stack and piles, boxes and bags was nothing short of depressing. We began calling it ‘the morgue’. It made us feel dead. We knew it was time to regroup.
Time for change -
‘And suddenly you know;
It’s time to start something new
and trust in the magic of beginnings.
-- Meister EckhartSo for the past few months, while I’ve been telling you of the wonders of Greece, we have been conducting a long distance search for a ‘seasonal home’ back in the States. (We would have once called it a ‘second home’ or ‘vacation home’ but the industry jargon has changed over the years.)
With no immediate plans to give up full-time residency in Greece, we needed a place for our belongings and a place to stay when we go back to visit. Someday perhaps it would serve as a full-time home when health, age, or immigration rules (or a combination of them) prompts us to leave Greece.
In keeping with our downsizing philosophy, we set out to buy a condo in the same Seattle suburb we’d left last year. Unfortunately for us, it is the suburb that continues to make headlines as being one of the hottest (high prices and selling quickly) housing markets in the nation.
With condo’s selling within five days of listing, we picked up our pace. If a ‘possible place’ came across the screen, we’d contact good friends back there, asking them to drop what they were doing to race out and see it. They’d report back and with the time differences, we’d have about 48 hours in which to make an offer. We went for two and lost out. The market was limited and the list prices the baseline for a bidding war.
The process got real tedious. It was time to expand the search:
|Our old home was Kirkland, just north of Bellevue, a Seattle suburb|
Now she wanted to sell. We were ready to buy.
New adventures. . .of sorts!We're heading to Manson, Washington, an unincorporated town in Central Washington nestled on the shores of Lake Chelan.
|Manson and Wapato Point on Washington's Lake Chelan|
|A portion of Lake Chelan from the town of Chelan - Cascade Mountain range|
|A portion of Lake Chelan from The Butte|
|Manson Washington - apple orchards and vineyards|
The vineyards have given rise to wineries, and the wineries have opened tasting rooms. New seasonal festivals related to the wine industry now fill tourism event calendars for this part of Central Washington.
|Benson Vineyards - Chelan Washington|
The similarities are many between our Greek and new U.S. home. In many ways it will be village life, as it is village life here. The main thoroughfares are two-lane roads. Agriculture and tourism blend to keep the areas vibrant. Much like our Agios Nikolaos, Manson village has a few restaurants, a grocery store, and bars. It does have a post office.
Wenatchee, like Kalamata is here, will be the hub for major shopping, health care and each city has a regional airport. Both are about an hour's drive away.
Our new U.S. home, is walking distance to the village and to the lake. We’ll be surrounded by vineyards and wineries.How much better a location could we have found?!
|Surrounded by wineries - a perfect location|
Our airline tickets back have been purchased, a moving company has been hired, we are synchronized to move ourselves out of ‘the morgue’ and to Manson this fall. It took three months last summer to get us moved out of our old life and we’ve scheduled three weeks this fall to get us moved into the new. I’m certain with all the offers of help we’ve received from friends and with a bit of that Chelan area wine – we’ll be able to pull it off.
Oh. . .did you want to see the house? Well, here it is:
|Our new home in Manson|
|Our front porch|
|A toast to a new address|
Thanks for being with us as we travel this ex pat world! Safe travels to you and yours ~
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