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The Pros and Cons to living in the mountains

My view of Mountain living from a retrospective viewpoint

Since 1997, we have lived in a small cove in the North Carolina mountains.

Our introduction to the cove came by way of a friend of my husband. That friend, having had a second home in this little cove, invited us to experience the joys of living "on the mountain". He often quipped, "we don't leave the mountain, once we get here".

I thought: My, how idyllic it must be, to be so secluded and so close to nature! Surely nothing could be so sweet as to be so close to nature.

And it was, so beautiful and green. Wildflowers and trees everywhere. Soft breezes blowing through the trees. Dappled sunlight, gently touching the forest floor. Like a dream, we floated on air; more alive than we had felt in so many years in the city. No noise from traffic. No sound of sirens, day and night. No neighbors pushed up against us from every side. Ahhhh, what a wonderful life it would be to live on the mountain, in the woods, for ever!

So, we rushed back to our busy city, and immediately set the wheels in motion to sever our ties to the city life. We were energized for the first time. We felt the "pull" to return to the mountains and make our lives complete. We were giddy with joy, looking forward to a new life. New to us both, (my husband having been raised in Kentucky, and myself in Wisconsin), we saw nothing but positive change coming.

After making several weekend trips to the mountains, to find just the right property to purchase for our new home, we settled on a piece in the very cove that our friends had invited us to visit. We were in love!

We sold our house in the city, loaded up a moving truck, and headed to the mountains.

We didn't have a house right away, but rented a small unit in the nearby town. The living quarters were cramped, but we knew we could survive it, because we had a plan. The plan was to find work; find a builder; and build our house we would live in for the rest of our lives.

My husband found work with the franchise owner of a modular home builder. The fact that our rental agent introduced us to the builder, and the builder became my husband's boss, was a bit of luck that we weren't counting on. The more we became involved in the modualr home building process, the more we were convinced that the best home solution for us, was a modular home.

We had no idea what we were about to experience............