Moving Forward by Looking Backwards

HEADING TO HEATH:  MOVING FORWARD BY LOOKING BACKWARD

Leaving areas south and west of Dallas behind, we headed over to the east side where we had some history.

Familiarity Breeds … Comfort

Bill and I are ever-ready to try try new things, but in doing so, we often discover we’ve already found what we were looking for.  When I met Bill he lived on a golf course.  One of the reasons we were back in the home market was that Bill missed that golf course.  As much as he’d loved the golf course house, it had been somewhat of a compromise, because where he’d really wanted to build was Chandler’s Landing.  If you’re not familiar, it’s a mater-planned, gated community in Rockwall.  I can’t tell you how many times we’ve invaded the neighborhood and drove around, dreaming of what life would like there.  Chandler’s Landing had been on Bill’s mind even before we broached the possibility of moving.

So, our next target was Chandler’s Landing, but along the way we made a few stops in places like Wylie, Sachse, Murphy and Rowlett.  We drove through some other lakeside communities in Rockwall, but eventually ended up in Chandler’s Landing.  We didn’t even have to sneak in, because it was their Open House weekend.  After driving the entire community and visiting an open house we reached a conclusion, Chandler’s Landing wasn’t quite what it used to be, but that didn’t rule out Rockwall altogether.

We drove out of Chandler’s Landing and turned to the left to investigate the other lakeside developments.  What we didn’t realize for a while was that we weren’t in Rockwall anymore.  We’d wandered into Heath.  What we did realize was that we loved what we were looking at.  We weren’t finding anything we could afford, but we felt like we were getting a lot closer to our dreams.

All This and Snuffer’s, Too

After spending the greater part of the day finding our way to Heath and then several hours wandering the streets of our discovery, we were a little hungry.  So we went to Snuffer’s.  Now Snuffer’s makes my favorite hamburger in the world, but I’ve been a good South Beach Diet-er since November and burgers are not exactly at the top of the list of things I should eat.  Still, we felt like we’d accomplished something and needed a bit of a splurge.  I only splurged as far as a turkey burger and a light beer.  No cheese fries for these thighs – yet the mood was festive.

If we’d been playing the Colder/Hotter game, we’d say we were definitely getting warm.  Bill informed me that I had a lot of research to do about Heath.

Our First Romance in Heath

As we’d driven around Heath we’d collected a handful of flyers from houses which were on sale.  We hadn’t figured we could afford any of them, but we do believe in miracles.  A few moments on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) confirmed our guess, but I went on to find out if Heath had anything in our price range.  One possibility moved directly to the head of the list.  It was a the top of our price range, the view out the back seemed iffy, but otherwise it was exactly what we thought we were looking for.  All I had to do was find out what was planned for that vacant land behind the home.

We were hooked on Heath, but had we found our dream house?  Come back next week and find out!

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2 responses to “Moving Forward by Looking Backwards

  1. Jane – Good luck. We laughed just the other day about how hard it was to find a place we wanted to live when we retired and then, it was all determined by fate. Or, as my mantra goes, ‘God’s will be done.’ Wishing you the best. Sheri

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  2. I look forward to reading next week’s post. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you found the house of your dreams.

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