We have a house in the Smokey Mountains. It is paid for and used rarely. It is on an acre of land with a phenomenal view. We currently live in Tampa, FL with a mortgage, rising homeowners insurance and a 9 month old baby.
I am trying to convince my husband to moving to the mountain house for a year, to see how we like it. We could rent our house here, toss the furniture in storage, use a single truck to move our stuff. We could feasibly rent our house here for about $600 more than our mortgage payment which would easily pay for the storage unit, a lawn service, many of our expenses up there. Here we must make $2700 a month with all our expenses. Up there, our expenses would be maybe $1500.
A. Lower expenses
B. More room
C. Phenomenal view/yard/house
A. It gets cold, occasionally snows and is possible to be snowed in 1 or 2 times a year
B. It’s about 15 miles from a small town. Larger towns are about an hour or so away. Atlanta is 2 hours.
C. Job scarcity, I’m not sure what the job market up there is like, but it probably isn’t great. The pay is probably less too.
The Rub: Now, I have no desire to live “off grid” I like my conveniences and the house has power, a well, phone, etc. But the likelihood of getting high speed internet is probably pretty slim. My husband desires to BE the grid. He would be happy being one of the little pod people from the Matrix. The fact is, he is a city raised hermit. If he had his computer, internet, movies and cable, I’m not sure he would notice where we were. Me? I’m a country girl. I only live in this god forsaken town because of him. I hate the city. I hate neighbors. I hate traffic. I hate having to lock my doors. The house has always been a vacation house. So he’s never been there with all his “toys” and thinks that he will be bored like he has in the past. He never goes to restaraunts, goes to movies maybe twice a year. He rarely has friends over. He has never lived more than a mile from a convenience store, never more than 2 miles from a McDonalds.
I look at this as a risk free proposition. We could move there, if we like it, we could either sell our house here, or continue renting it and allow them to pay off our house. If we don’t, we pack our crap, don’t renew their lease and come back home. No harm, no foul.
I think we are in an extraordinarily fortunate situation. I guess what I am asking is : Has anyone of you moved to the country? How did you adapt from city life to country life? What suggestions could you give me to make it NOT sound like I would be throwing my husband out in the woods to shiver away the winter with the bears?