Love Where You Live: City, Neighborhood, and Home
In the season where most of us are inundated with messages of romantic love or small sugary Valentine’s Day gifts, it’s good to be reminded of love in all its forms without the trappings of a Hallmark holiday. One such love is a feeling of satisfaction and joy when you think about the place where you live. Throughout your life you may live in a lot of different places. Some of those might be due to circumstances, such as where you were born, others might be opportunities for new jobs or new people. Others still may be a choice, a place to move simply because you love it.
Whatever reasons you’ve chosen to move to Asheville, now is a great time to think about the things you love in the area and how to make it home.
How Do You Fit into Your Community?
Community fit is about a lot more than simply buying a home and moving in. Have you met your neighbors? Are you planning on getting involved in local organizations, clubs, or spiritual communities?
Finding a neighborhood that matches your personality and personal values is entirely possible. For example, here in Asheville, you can visit the variety of neighborhoods to get a feel for their overall culture. West Asheville will be very different from Biltmore Forest, and it’s a wonderful thing to have the diversity of neighborhoods in one small city.
Here are some things to consider when looking into a new place to live.
- Do you have children or are you planning to?
- What kind of home are you looking for?
- How far are you willing to commute for your job?
- Are you looking for a place where you can walk?
- What do you not like about your current community?
How Can You Make Your Experience Better?
Working with your home buying team, including your real estate agent and lender, can help you narrow down your choices in any given location. But there is some work you’ll need to do as well, before and after you move in.
The best way to feel a sense of pride in your community is to get involved. People with children often discover it when volunteering with the school or after school activities. There are a variety of ways you can contribute to the positive atmosphere of your neighborhood. Volunteer at your local community center. Help older adults with chores and projects that may be more difficult for them. Advocate for a cause that is important to you. Get involved in pet rescue. Show love to the community by contributing to what makes it great.
How Can Your Home Bring You Joy?
Of course, your neighborhood, greater community, and entire city will all play a part in the way you engage with your life, but your home will be your hearth.
“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
Whether you’re in a condo, apartment, or single-family home, the immediate environment will affect your mood and mental wellbeing every day.
There has been a huge push surrounding the trend of decluttering. And while having a tidy home is certain an important way to experience joy, it isn’t the only one. Simply having your own home decorated as you like with your loved ones or pets will be enough to give you satisfaction. Here are some ways to do that.
- Paint your door.
- Hang meaningful pictures.
- Add color.
- Landscape your yard.
Even the littlest thing can transform your home into a place to love where you live.