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Small Town Living

I grew up in a small town during the 50's and it was wonderful. Any of you baby boomers will remember the easy lifestyle I am referring to.

As an adult, I lived mostly in larger towns and even cities because the money was better there. When I reached retirement age, I became nostalgic for the simpler things and the easier, slower lifestyle. I longed for the towns of my childhood, but wasn't sure they even existed anymore.

How we ended up in the small Virginia town where we live now, is a story for another post, but let me tell you how small town life is now.

The town boasts a population of between 4 and 5 thousand and is nestled in the mountains of Virginia. We bought a house that was a foreclosure so we got it at a really good price (some assembly needed).

The first week we were there, our neighbors all came to our door (at different times) and introduced themselves and welcomed us to the neighborhood. They do a lot of walking during the summer and stop to chat awhile if we are on the front porch.

One of our neighbors warned us to get ready for Halloween--we would have a lot of trick or treaters. We bought a lot of candy and passed it out to over 300 kids. Yes, I said 300. Parents accompanied them all and we spent a wonderfully entertaining evening.

This year I had back surgery and was unable to decorate for Christmas. Our neighbors came over and decorated the front of our house for us.

Yes the small towns of our childhood do still exist and we found one of them and are wonderfully happy here. Not all dream houses cost a lot of money. I hope you all find or have found your dream home.

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paigea wrote on January 6, 2015, 11:57 AM

That sounds like a lovely community you have settled in. Enjoy

JustEm wrote on January 7, 2015, 12:28 AM

It sounds really nice where you are. My husband and I moved to his home town about 6 years ago and I love it here emoticon :smile:

RegieEstioco wrote on January 7, 2015, 6:16 AM

It is really nice to live in a small town. Almost everybody knows each other. Less pollution and less crime mean better living.

seren3 wrote on January 8, 2015, 12:22 PM

I am still dreaming about that dream home of mine! What a lovely picture you've painted of your community.

SHOHANA wrote on January 9, 2015, 4:04 AM

Actually I'm from a midtown and here everything is available and you can say this a small town too

peachpurple wrote on January 23, 2015, 7:48 AM

my dream home would be a bungalow but never make it, too expensive and not worth it either