Yes, it is official. We are moving to Heber, Utah!
Ben and I have spent the last little while going up to Heber, checking things out, fasting, praying, and podering this move.
Why Heber, you may ask...
We do like where we live now. We feel like the location of our home right now has been great for our family. The neighborhood is nice. Herriman has treated us well.
We are ready for our last and final move. (that is planned by our own will and choice anyway)
We want to plant our roots and blossom in a place where we feel our family can blossom the best. And stay put. We feel we have found that place.
Our style is more down home, open country, outdoorsy (is that even a word?), fun-loving, and a little more relaxed. Ben and I both grew up that way and absolutely loved it and thrived in it. We can tell that our kids will do great with that too.
Heber is a small town. 12,000 people. Add a few more with Midway right next door.
It is gorgeous!!!!
There are three lakes surrounding it, and we love waterskiing and playing in water.
The town is in the mountains . We enjoy hiking, camping, biking, and anything in the mountians.
Of course snow skiing is a bonus. There are three resorts right there.
The smaller community will allow us and our children to get to know people really well and have a good sense of friendship and close bonds. It will also provide a lot of opportunity in a lot of ways.
We also like how it feels more peaceful, serene and low key.
Heber is a small town, but it is not a podunk, uneducated, slow small town. It is actually the 5th fasted growing small town in the nation. BUT, it can't get too big, which we are thrilled about.
People are pouring into there from Park City and other surrounding areas. This keeps it financially well off, and the education of the general population is right on target with everywhere else.
The main street is pretty run down, and the shopping there isn't great. At least they have a super Walmart and some really cute mom and pop businesses and resturants. But 15 minutes away, is Park City. Great shopping, great food, and lots to do. In our minds, this is awesome. Live in the peace and quiet, but take part in the fun and faster paced stuff if we decide to as well. Not to mention that Provo and Salt Lake are only a 40 minute drive away, in either direction.
With that said, here is what is going down now.
We found a great neighborhood/development that we really, really liked in Heber, and there are only a few lots left. The home we want to build can only be put on one of those lots. Luckily, it is the lot we liked most in the first place. It is on 1/2 acre and is at the end of a cul-de-sac.
We don't want to sell our home here until June if possible (for a tax credit thingy and a few reasons). But we have never heard of a builder holding a lot for 8 months either, so that may not happen. We worry that the lot will sell fast, so if they can't hold it, we will do what we can to sell our home and get that lot.
Either way, we feel fine. We are happy here, and won't mind waiting a little while longer before we sell. We are also extremely excited to move to Heber, and I am very excited to build our home, so selling now would be kind of fun too.
Basically, we have asked if we can reserve that lot until June, and then start building.
If we can reserve the lot, then we will probably wait and put our house on the market in April or May.
If we can't reserve the lot, we will sell now, as in put our house in the market this weekend.
We are currentl waiting for the phone call today to know if we can reserve the lot or not. We will also be given the base price of the house plan for the home we are wanting to build. Kind of a big phone call. :)
Just in case, we have the house ready to go. We spent the week scrubbing, staging and fixing things up. It feels great to have the house so clean and fixed up. It was a lot of work, but it feels good.
So now we wait for the phone to ring......