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From City to Shore
Thinking of moving? Retiring? Looking for a change? Well, that was me five years ago. Born and raised in N.Y.C. I spent many summers down the shore. On our way back home it was said time and time again. Wouldn't it be nice to live there? Never thinking that one day it would become a reality for me. It all started when my husband retired. It was now or never we said. We sold the house, packed up the kids and the dog and headed south on the parkway. People thought we were crazy. "What will you do?' "How will the kids adjust?" "You're going to hate the off-season." We heard it all.
Well, its five years later and we couldn't be happier. Between the beach,boating,fishing,jet skiing, restaurants,shopping and Atlantic City only a short drive away, there is always something to do. The kids have settled into their schools, which by the way are fantastic here. They are involved in sports, clubs,cheerleading and are all honor students. They have made great friends and with all the families moving here they were not the new kids for long! And off-season here is just as busy. We have the Chowderfest, numerous festivals, antique shows, The Surflight Theatre, and holiday home tours to name just a few.
Is it the city? No. Can you grab a bite to eat at 2 a.m.? Probably not. It is different. The people are different. Polite, friendly, relaxed, nice is how I like to describe it. You have to want this. You have to be ready for this. It took me just a short time to adjust to the jersey shore lifestlye. Some people maybe a little longer. But once you get there you'll be glad you did. My husband still travels to Manhattan. Takes the express bus in and is home by five everyday. There are many more like him. "It's worth the commute" they all say. And those people that thought we were crazy to move...they live here now too!
You will know when you're ready..I hope you can use my experience to help guide you through yours. And Welcome to the Jersey Shore!