Where we’ve been… and where we’re going

I honestly don’t know how to say this…

We’re moving.

I know!

I know.

Seriously, I know. It’s crazy and seemingly out of the blue. And it’s the reason we’ve been so silent over the last month and half. I got a job offer in California working for a former boss. There’s a relocation package involved. It’s basically the best way to move to a super desirable part of the country. And when we laid everything out on the table, we just couldn’t say “no.”

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Obviously the firehouse was a factor. We’ve always said this is a dream space. That is still true. We’ve also said it was our forever house. Sadly, that is not true. It just didn’t win out when we stacked it against everything: the weather, the culture, the job opportunity, the company I’m joining, the fact that we could drive to Napa in just 6 hours (FREAKING NAPA! Here’s how I imagine future birthdays playing out. Me: It’s my birthday. Let’s drive to Napa.), the fact that we could camp SO many places within just a few hours of home.

So over the last few weeks, we made a new list of projects – a list of things we need to do to sell. We’ve been slowly marching down that list, touching spaces we thought we’d get to in a few years, making everything feel as cohesive as we can while being cognizant that we’re doing work for the next family to enjoy…

And now I’m crying… It’s what I do – happy, sad, overwhelmed. And this decision is surely a mix of all of those emotions. A year ago, I would have laughed if you told me that we’d set off on an adventure to move half way across the country. But, to be fair, before we met the firehouse I would have laughed if you told me we’d buy something like this. I would have laughed at both but never crossed them off the list of possibilities.

One of the things I love about Aaron and the life we’ve created is that we’re both willing to take chances in the pursuit of happiness and an interesting, full life.

I’m hoping to share the updates we have underway so you can also feel some closure with this space. We have truly appreciated the support we’ve received through this blog. If you could do anything else for us, it would simply be to help us find the next owners of the firehouse once we get this place on the market. We’re taking a bit of a leap of faith (as everyone does when they list their house), but we both believe that this building is special and the right people will fall in love, just like we did.

I’m sure you have questions. Here are a few we’ve been asked, but feel free add more in the comments.

When do you start your new job?
I start my new position on April 17th. It’s lightening fast, but also necessary.

When will you move?
We need to sellΒ the firehouse first. Aaron’s top priority is getting it ready to list. We reallyΒ hope it sells quickly so I’m not flying solo in California for very long.

Where in California are you moving to?
The LA metro area, likely north of the city.

What are you doing with this blog?
I honestly don’t know. I’ve been blogging for about 6 years now (here and on a personal food blog before) and it seems odd to let it go. But it also seems odd to keep a firehouse themed reno blog going if we move to a more typical house. So TBD…

 

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33 comments

  1. Kati from so happy home

    OMG, huge news! Congratulations! I know from personal experience the bittersweet pain of leaving a home that feels like, well, h o m e. You will create that again, know that. LA is a wonderful city – so much to experience! You guys will be at home there in no time. I have many people in Cali that are family (both SoCal and noCal) and can understand the pull. It’s a beautiful place. Sending you lots of support and love as you guys transition into your next chapter. Cheers to the swiftness you need, and the closure you desire. Cheers to the next adventure!

  2. Steph M.

    Congrats!! I can imagine it’s hard to leave this place you’ve filled with memories, but California is going to be a-maz-ing. I’m incredibly jealous of the closeness of Napa!! So excited for you!

  3. Tracy

    WOW! Congratulations! If only we lived in STL – as we are soon to be in the market to buy a home. Dang! Oh, and we’ll be in Napa on April 14th, and probably the 15th too, so if you’re heading there before you start your new job, let us know! Can’t wait to see what your new adventure brings you!

    • Heather

      Obviously this is a good reason to move back here πŸ˜‰
      I won’t be in Cali before my start date, but definitely keep me posted on your frequent travels to California. Hopefully we can meet up!

  4. Alice

    This sounds like such an amazing opportunity! I am so sad because the firehouse project is exciting and it has been fun to see your hard work, but I am so happy for you and Aaron. LA is SO AWESOME!!! Congratulations!!!

    Alice

  5. Uncle Al

    From your Uncle Al:
    First congrats… going to the job is part of being successful. We moved from Missouri to Texas to Missouri to Laredo Texas to Denton Texas To North Carolina to Tennessee then working from here in Indiana.
    The Real Estate actually turned out to be one of the positives. Your Fire House is one of a kind and highly desirable for many other businesses.
    Mechanics, hair dressers, massage Therapists, AC repair, among a few would love to have that building.
    You have our support
    Our Best Wishes to you!!!

  6. Laura

    Simple solution to the blog-name dilemma: Install a fire pole in every future living room. I’m also thinking that those fire hose lights the previous owner of your house built, while being a bit too much when living in the actual firehouse, might serve as lovely memoranda.

  7. Gen

    I’ve loved hearing about the firehouse and I’ll miss getting updates on it as you guys bring it to life- but I’m sure you’ll find owners who appreciate it the way you guys have, and I look forward to reading about your next adventures.

    Who knows, maybe there’s a quirky space somewhere in LA just waiting for you guys to bring your knowledge and passion to it?

    Best of luck, and I do hope you keep writing

  8. DessertForTwo

    We are so very happy for you guys! I know Napa is 6 hours away, but you’re also going to be close to tons of other wine regions. You guys are going to have a beautiful, fun life exploring! So excited for you <3 πŸ™‚

    • Heather

      Excellent point! I didn’t mean to exclude any other wine regions. I promise to do my due diligence and visit them all. Please come visit and help me!

  9. Molly

    Congratulations!! That’s amazing. I say make the blog a requirement of the future owners, so we can all keep following along πŸ˜‰

    Or buy a remodel-able place in CA, I love hearing about the awesome things you guys do!

    Congrats again!

    • Heather

      Ha! I had that thought. We’ve had a few people express interest and maybe they would want to take over. Either way, I’m toying with the idea of continuing to use this space to update everyone on our adventures and the reno we will surely embark upon in Cali.

  10. Jessica S

    I’m definitely someone who has been following your journey but I’ve never commented. I’ve loved everything you’ve done with the firehouse! πŸ™‚ Congrats on the opportunity. I’m currently living a little north of LA so if you have any questions I’m happy to answer!

      • Sheila

        Congrats on your new job. I’ve so enjoyed your journey with the firehouse and I’d love a way to keep up with your new adventures if you decide to continue the blog in some way. I live in TO and from here, you can be tasting at wineries in the Santa Ynez area in less than an hour and a half and be in Paso Robles in 3 hrs, easy peasy. You can also be at the beach in half an hour. The TO area has an abundance of suburban cul de sac developments but there are some interesting options, depending on what you want. For some reason, I see you living in Ventura, near the beach, but wherever it is, I hope it’s wonderful!

        • Heather

          Thanks! I’m in temporary housing in TO and it is very charming here. You are not the first person to mention Ventura to us. We are not seeing the kind of space we need there, but we visited the downtown area and it’s SOOOO charming – totally our speed. We’re hoping to land in Camarillo.

  11. Carol from Baltimore

    Congrats! Sounds like a brand new adventure – wishing you all the best! As for the blog name, plenty of bloggers keep their old-house-specific blog name: Yellow Brick Home, Manhattan Nest, etc. Either way, hope we get to keep following along!

  12. Carissa

    Congratulations! I’ve really enjoyed reading about your firehouse adventure on this blog. I hope you are able to quickly find new owners who will continue loving the unique space that is the firehouse.

  13. Laura

    I apologize for my flippant comment before. I hadn’t noticed the publishing date and truly thought the post was indented as an April Fools prank.

    Following your careful and stylish renovation of your home brought great joy to me over the years. Thank you for taking the time to write so many comprehensive, well-illustrated blog posts. I wish you the best of luck selling the firehouse, finding a new home and making it yours.

    • Heather

      OMG! I’m going to admit that in the whirlwind I missed your first comment. So when I saw this, I was like “WHAT did she say?” It’s so obviously sarcastic and funny that it made me laugh. It would have made me laugh even without the explanation. πŸ™‚

      It’s definitely not an April Fool’s prank, though I did wonder if anyone would think that based on the timing being so close to Apr 1.

      Thanks for the super kind words!

  14. wendy

    apparently, your quandary on continuing to blog under this name when you move has been percolating in the back of my brain, because it just occurred to me that daniel at Manhattan Nest kept his name and he’s not in manhattan anymore.

    • Heather

      It’s an excellent point! I’m SOO behind in replying to comments, but yours (and others) have been percolating in my mind as well. I really enjoy writing this blog so I’m going to keep it up πŸ™‚

  15. Heather

    Congrats on the move! I’m a resident/lover of St. Louis who has followed your journey for many years now. This is a sad loss for the St. Louis community, but I hope the future holds bright and beautiful things for you guys!

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