I haven't found a job yet (that seems to be my mantra), but I may have found my new hometown. I can't go into too much detail yet (because not every family member knows about my possible new adventure and the deal may fall through) but I can introduce you to Yardley, PA.
Yardley is in Bucks county, not too far from home, but just far enough to begin a new adventure. Surprisingly, the sourroundings are completely different then those in NJ. The town is tiny, with little thrift stores, people sitting out on porches, tiny dirt roads (with one main highway) and plenty of wooded areas to explore. Dad and I went to look at a place for myself on Saturday, with one he had in mind that he just happened to stumble upon online. He's been very supportive of my venturing out and about, but isn't too sure of me being 3,000 miles away. I told him I still might have a go at it, if this doesn't work out, and he understands. But he said: "Just PLEASE look at this first." And so I agreed. The apartment is just before the little downtown square, in a stone house built in 1920. It has a wrap around porch, an adorable red door and friendly neighboors (only 6 units). Across the street is the Delaware River. (I mean RIGHT across the street. I'd wake up in the morning and see sparkling blue right outside my window...the Delaware River is a lot cleaner then I remembered it to be). Up the road is Yardley pond, where the town holds boat races. The house is tucked, but not TOO tucked, into the woods, so there would be plenty of shade. The place allows pets, so my little wonder dog would be able to come with me. Inside, I'd have a washer and dryer, new appliances, and a dishwasher (Yay!)
Now the drawbacks:
The apartment is (drumroll please) 260 sq ft. That's it. It's adorable, but it's a shoebox. Right away I realized that my idea of Noah having a potenal furry sibling to play with would be out the window. Cable is out, because in that area it would be difficult to get. The apartment is on the third floor of the house, and it used to be a 3 bedroom that they split into one studio and a 2 bedroom. I would have to be REALLY thrifty....Any ideas?
In the meantime, have a look at Yardley here, here and here.
I'm excited. :)