|Not My Ride|
The excessive nature of South Beach extends beyond just cars--but not in a bad way. Among other things, there is excessive sun, excessive ocean breezes, excessive sand and surf, and excessively beautiful Art Deco architecture. This is just blocks away from where we're docked:
Despite all of the loveliness described above, the best part of our current location was our proximity to a yummy bagel shop. I say "was" because it just closed (carbohydrates and South Beach don't pair well). Well, as soon as we realized our bagel haunt was no more, Eric and I suddenly felt little desire to live in our current location. With our bellies full of bagels, we were happy to overlook all of the flaws of our neighborhood (traffic, flooding, crazy drivers, general rudeness, honking horns, flashiness, etc.). But, with our carb-goggles off, we are seeing things clearly, and we know it is time to move.
Where we're going is much more family friendly, but we won't be around the corner from a gorgeous beach that extends for miles. We will, however, be around the corner from multiple parks, a library, boutiques, and dozens of casual restaurants. The atmosphere of our new neighborhood is much more laid back than where we currently live, which is exactly what we are looking for at this stage of our lives (plus, our 2nd favorite bagel shop will be close by).