About 3.5 years ago my wife and I found ourselves in a precarious situation. With a 1 year old and a baby on the way, and living in Atlanta my startup had officially pivoted and with that I was on the hunt for a job. Unfortunately what I do for a living has a limited opportunities outside of NY, Chicago and San Fran. So we made the decision to move back to the Chicagoland.
My wife wasn’t thrilled to leave the warmth of Atlanta but she understood. She had a few requirements but one specifically was she wanted to live in a subdivision. We had lived in the city for 7 years before moving to Atlanta and had limited understanding of the suburbs, but I did have ConAgra as a client for many years and the people who worked there loved Naperville, so with that we decided on Naperville.
After a few trips we made the decision that we wanted to be in Century Farms. Beautiful ponds, proximity to downtown Naperville, Metra and the highway were all big factors. Plus my wife can go to Target at least once a day. We planned a trip to decide on which house, at the time only 2 were for sale, to make an offer on. Shortly before we were to leave 1 of the homes sold, so we bought our house sight unseen by myself. My wife had seen it once. What were we doing? Were we crazy?
After moving into the home 8 days later we welcomed our youngest. I will never forget a neighbor knocking on our door and introducing themselves and then asking if we just had a baby as we had a “Welcome Home” sign in the yard. Her response was “You’re Crazy!”
Fast forward 3 years and we’ve developed friendships, our kids love to run to the neighbors when they see them outside, and we spend a ridiculous amount of time at Century Farms park. We bought our house in the cold of winter and had no idea what we are in for. Everyone has been welcoming and I’m looking for more reasons for us to get together as a subdivision, one of the reasons I joined the board. I look forward to seeing the friendships develop in the neighborhood with our kids and with our home owners. I’ve met many but I know we have many more that I look forward to meeting.
So Yeah, we are a little crazy, but wouldn’t change it for the world.