Decatur Needs More Housing Options

Another busy weekend, running around with my head cut off, and I think I’ve finally come to the realization that I need to downsize. Trying to take care of the house inside and out, paying high property taxes, and knowing I couldn’t afford any major repairs when needed, has convinced me that I need to look at other housing options. The problem is, Decatur doesn’t have many options.

Yes, there are lots of smaller and affordable homes, but the neighborhoods are sketchy, and I’d still have to take care of a yard and any repairs. I have relatives in Tennessee who have been trying to convince me to move there. I’m not entertaining the thought very seriously, but I have looked at the housing options there, and boy, I wish we had those options here!

Tennessee has seen a huge influx of new residents, so there are new homes and apartments going up everywhere. My relatives recently relocated there from California and the East Coast for the cost of living, warm-ish winters, and plenty of recreational activities. The apartment complexes honestly look more like vacation resorts than some of the utilitarian, outdated apartments we have here. They’re nice! They have extensive grounds, gorgeous landscaping, walking trails, ponds, pools, and indoor activities.

I wouldn’t have to worry about repairs or upkeep, no mowing, smaller utility bills, and no property taxes. I could also possibly invest the money I get for my house, and use it for retirement savings. In 15 years, in might grow to something I can retire on. Things to think about.

Some of the apartments are more like homes with modern kitchens, balconies, fireplaces, and interesting architecture. Many have garages or at least carports and sheds for your outdoor stuff. They’re also designed in ways to provide privacy and defined spaces. I don’t know how people afford them, but I’d live in a place like that.

But, Decatur doesn’t have anything like that. There are retirement villages, but I’m not that old or lame. I just don’t need a big house with big bills. I want less maintenance and a space that feels like my own, and not a hotel room. I also want good neighbors.

I’d love to see more apartments near Lake Decatur or downtown, or really anywhere with nice grounds. They need to be affordable, because the people that they attract are like me, who are single, divorced, empty nesters, or retired.

But, until I find something, I’m going to get the house ready to put on the market in the next year or so. I’m ready for a change. I’ve lived in my house for almost 30 years. The kids are grown, and I don’t need a three-bedroom house. It’s paid for, but it’s still costly. It’s also boring. My neighborhood has never been very sociable. Most of my neighbors practically growl at each other.

Well, I guess that’s it. I need to go mow the yard and trim some bushes. Then, there’s more laundry to do.