February 3, 2009
Actually, we’ve been back for awhile, but like everything I am behind on updating. Aiken, South Carolina was really nice. This is the Willcox hotel, where we stayed. It was really beautiful and the rooms were so cute, complete with a 4 poster bed!
Wow, we could not believe the properties we could get for the price! Our realtor was top notch! When we arrived at the Willcox, there was a welcome packet waiting for us and an intinerary of our next couple days of viewing homes. Our first day, we viewed NINE properties! We narrowed it down to 3 that we liked. My personal favorite was this one: Check out this pasture – ahh!
Oh yeah, the house and barn were nice, too – lol
Oh wow, compared to California, these places made my head hurt! And this place is going for a song because it is bank owned. Okay, it needs some work, but – those pastures – ahhhhh!
Actually moving would be tough when we actually thought about it. This canuck has gotten a little used to the California lifestyle. Can you blame me? I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Which, of course, is why it is so fabulously expensive! So we are still continuing the search, but Aiken was sure an eye opener. One day, I WILL be looking out my bedroom window and waving to Jasper!
January 10, 2009
Happy New Year to all my blogging horsey buddies!!!
I’m looking forward to what this year has in store. Yes, the economy is tanking, but I still have a smile on my face (and I’ve stopped reading the newspaper!) My husband and I have been thinking about a change for awhile now. I love California but it is getting ridiculously expensive to live here. And since we both run our own businesses from home, with no kidlets, we can transplant fairly easily. So next week we are heading on a short trip to Aiken, South Carolina to check out real estate. If you haven’t heard of Aiken (no relation to Clay), it is MAJOR horse country.
Some interesting things about Aiken:
- It’s located between Augusta, Georgia and Columbia, SC
- It is home to polo events, steeplechasing, fox hunting and every other discipline you can think of!
- Hitchcock Woods is just outside of downtown, it is the largest urban forest in the United States. This nearly 2,100-acre longleaf pine forest has 65 miles of marked trails available to hikers, runners, equestrians, and carriage drivers. And has 130 jumps throughout the trails.
Owning a home with some acreage and a barn and pastures would be a dream come true. Looking out my window and seeing Jasper frolicking in a pasture would truly be wonderful. And he would of course have to have some friends…
If anyone knows lives in the area or has some insights, I would love to hear them!