A couple weeks ago, we announced the difficult decision we made to leave our dream home here in Idaho – the house we thought was our “forever house;” the house we are inching more closely to finishing every day – for a warmer, more temperate climate where I can get better care and hopefully have a better quality of life. (We shared more about the why’s in this post if you’re interested.) At the time we weren’t ready to share exactly where we were moving because it was such a personal decision for personal reasons, and we didn’t want too many outside opinions clouding our thoughts on where that was going to be.
But now that we know for sure (aka, are under contract on a house!), we wanted to share that we’ll be moving to Raleigh, North Carolina! EEEee!! Did you guess it? There were so many guesses as to where we were moving and a few of you even spotted a few easter eggs in stories (you detectives!), but it was fun to hear so many suggestions of places all over the country where you have found a sense of home.
We considered so many different cities and even made a huge spreadsheet–Charlotte, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Southern California, Dallas, Austin, Charleston, Scottsdale, Mesa, Asheville–but for us and our needs and wants, Raleigh hit nearly every mark. An amazing medical hub, affordable living, the weather! (we love that we can still experience all four seasons but a much more mild winter), being close to the mountains and beach, education and the green rolling hills all attracted us to the area.
If you’ve been reading for awhile, you’ve probably heard us mention moving to North Carolina before. It was shortly after having Polly, when my condition started getting worse, that my doctors recommended living in a more temperate climate. We started looking into it, but it felt impossible and hard and we really didn’t want to leave this area, our family, or our friends. More recently, and after a particularly hard winter, we came to realize that a “forever home” wasn’t a structure, it was our three girls and Chris and me and wherever we go together, that’s home.
Over the last 7ish weeks, we have been scouting areas and homes in Raleigh and spent 2 separate weekends there officially house hunting. Our first trip was in early February and no one besides our team and our immediate family even knew that our move there was probable. Even though we talked about it, I imagined visiting with a “this could be our new home” mindset would be totally different and I wanted to give ourselves some time to make sure it was right. As we were driving around, it didn’t take long before the comforting feeling–we could live here–set in. It just felt right and good and warm and happy and a lot of those nervous, scared, worried feelings melted away.
To be clear–a big change is never going to be easy. I’ve definitely cried a lot at the thought of what we are going to be leaving behind. But we’re so confident and excited about what’s in our near future in Raleigh. It was really comforting to know that I could feel at home in a different state. In a new place. In a different climate. In a different house.
And speaking of home–we are under contract on a new-to-us house in Raleigh! We won’t be closing until May, and are anxious to introduce you to our new house then! Stay tuned.
Glad you you found your new city & are happy with it! The house you’re leaving is lovely after all the transformation but can’t imagine why anyone would want to live in the Idaho Falls area – there’s nothing attractive about it & in the middle of nowhere…blech!
I am a transplant from the north shore of Chicago for 20 yrs now! I remember flying out of O’Hare and in to RDU wondering where the heck is everything? I met my husband online and moved here with my son to live here. (Forehead slap!) It took me a very long time to get used to it here! I left my whole life/family in Chicago for a man (now hubby) & rural area in between Raleigh and Fayetteville. I cried when our town got a Lowe’s store! Anyway, just know Raleigh has crazy one way streets, yellow and chartreuse pollen (right now for weeks! ) and lots of new home building everywhere and road construction on I-40! And your kids will have days off school when it snows and will be let out early when it rains hard. Hahaha. If you value your life, do not drive here when it snows! Period! Also, someone said you have RA and if that’s true, my husband battles it as well and we’ve come to the conclusion that no doctor really has an answer for it…switching meds 4 times now hasn’t been fun. He goes to UNC and they’ve built a remarkable set up in Chapel Hill! State of the art stuff. Go Heels!
I hear old Raleigh is all that. We basically just stay in our little darling abode and watch the crazy thunderstorms from our rockers on our front porch…like in Mayberry????
Enjoy! And feel better!!
As a born and bred life-long North Carolinian, I can say welcome. We’re happy to have you.
I live in Raleigh!! I also moved here on purpose back in 2008. It’s the BEST place to live, hands down, and I’ve moved a lot :)
I would love to know if you’re planning on having some sort of meet up once you move here, I just had my first baby 3 months ago and I’m always looking for some new mom friends with similar interests!
Yay so excited for you guys!! While in the process of renovating the new home, you guys should really check out Curiosity in Boone, NC- up in the mountains! They have THE COOLEST furniture, home decor and even a marketplace with tons of new vendors!! They just added an apparel section too but you guys would love it. Super unique, great service and filled with one of a kind great prices! If& when you guys take a weekend trip up the High Country, this place is a must see! Check out their Instagram, FB and website! @curisositync
What is Polly?
Polly is their daughter.
Congratulations! I have been living in Cary for the past 5 yrs and my boys love it. They have the best museums, especially – durham’s Museum of life and Science. This place is more than a museum. For your celebration, you should eat at Heron’s. The food not only taste great but it’s an experience. I am sure you and your family will find comfort, peace and happiness. I moved across continents and seeing my boys thrive here make me very happy. Plus the beach is very close so be ready for more fun with family and friends. If you need help, just holler :) Hugs!
A CA, Newport Beach, native here who just moved to Wilmington, NC. It is amazing. You will love Raleigh. Furnitureland South, Greenfront Home, lots of antique stores, Fearrington Farm, NC State Farmers Market. I love having the cities, mountains and beach so close. Also enjoy the closeness of farming/ rural life to city life. That was new to me from So Cal.
Congratulations!!! As someone with RA I totally understand. Our family journey was NY/ATL/KS/ATL. The winters are still a struggle for me since it is our rainy season but it is a lot shorter and milder than when we lived in KS. Also….the gardening is amazing and therapeutic. Good for you!!
Good for you guys! Onward to a better life! Congratulations!
It’s always interesting to hear the ‘why’ people choose where they want to live. Health, sun, snow, ocean, mountains, etc etc etc. It’s all a beautiful hodgepodge of wants and needs that are very individual, indeed.
It’s wonderful you can take your job with you wherever you go. What a great perk.
Best of everything to you!
Hi! Congratulations and welcome! I hope you all enjoy the area. I’ve been in Durham 5 years now, and it truly is a wonderful place to be!
NC state toast (first stanza):
“Here’s to the land of the long leaf pine,
The summer land where the sun doth shine,
Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great,
Here’s to “Down Home,” the Old North State!”
-Leonora M. Martin
May it be so for your family! Our children are the same age as your girls and we feel so lucky to be raising them in Raleigh/Durham. I am excited to follow your move and wish you all the best!
We lived in Raleigh for almost 20 years!! Both my sons were both born & raised here & it is home to them. But we moved away in 2016 for my husband’s job. But because of COVID’s silver lining, my husband found he could work from home. So we moved back to Raleigh last July & we’re so happy to be back!! You will love it here!! The day to day living is so easy: not a lot of traffic, everything is super close & convenient, & the weather is all aces!! It’s also close to DC, Atlanta, the beach, the mountains, Charleston, Hilton Head, Savannah…I could go on!! Welcome to Raleigh!!
Omg! You’re going to love it! We live in Raleigh and I’m a nurse at Duke! Welcome!
Congratulations! So happy for you in this new phase of your life. I don’t know what your health issues are, but if you need a urologist I know a fantastic one at Duke. ????
That’s awesome! A close friend has been set to move to NC for a couple years from Florida. When the pandemic hit and many worked from home and moved to NC, they couldn’t afford how real estate escalated and people were paying cash and way over the asking cost. I’m thrilled you can afford it! They purchased a home in SC. recently. It’s huge and they have alot of renovation to do before moving. Still not cheap but more affordable than NC right now. Praying for all the best for your health. I know you will make it into the perfect home per @chrislovesjulia!! Love and prayers sent your way!
Raleigh is my home! Moved here from Utah 12 years ago for some of the same reasons y’all are moving. I hadn’t been here before i moved but Raleigh looks excellent on paper so i took a chance. Best decision ever! You will love it here! Welcome!
I’m so glad that you found the heart and soul of Raleigh and chose it! It’s a great place to call home. I was born here as was my Mother. I left and kept coming back but now I’m staying. I’m unfortunately well familiar with the medical system around here as I have some complicated health issues. I’m also an Np. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need any help. You must tell us who found you the right house so fast! This is a hot real estate market and about 1/4 of the homes sell privately without even getting listed. My brother is looking right now. Best of luck and I can’t wait to see your home.
Welcome to NC! I hope the move brings health, peace, and happiness for you and your family!
I forgot to add , there is great farmer markets and tons of CSAs. Since Chris loves to cook, he’ll love to shop there.
I’ve had three surgeries @ Duke. They are amazing and I won’t go anywhere else.
All the best in your move to Raleigh. My wife and I just left Long Island NY and are currently living in the Wilmington NC area. I do not miss the snow and ice and definitely do not miss the high taxes. We have come to feel more comfortable here and look forward to moving into our new home. Give it time and I am sure you will come to like life in North Carolina.
*Welcome Home* I haven’t been able to validate leaving Raleigh since I came here for college almost 20 years ago. NC is where my home and heart have been most of my life. So much beautiful state to explore!
The Triangle food scene, schools, healthcare, tech, we’ve got it all! Excited to see where you end up! We just bought our 3rd Raleigh home in Dec…. it’s a BONKERS market right now for sure!! Holler if you find a good contractor – I’ve got projects up my sleeves, as you surely do!
Do watch out for pollen season coming right up – oof.
Yeah!!! Welcome to NC!!! All the benefits you mentioned of living in the Triangle are spot on.
So exciting!! I was right! NC is definitely in my top places to live too. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures and see your new house ????. I hope the more temperate climate helps you feel better.
Congratulations and Welcome! I’ve lived in the Triangle since 1990 for college at UNC-CH and never left. I live in Durham now and work in Durham. So lucky for me since I needed world class medical help in 2016 when I was diagnosed with a very rare auto-immune disease and spent quite a while in Duke Hospital. They also performed my kidney transplant in 2017. What a wonderful place for amazing medical help. There are also good complimentary holistic options. And, it is a beautiful place to live on it’s own with the added benefit of beaches & mountains close by. Welcome and everyone is thrilled to have you here!
Great choice! You’ll be close to HighPoint!
Idaho will miss you!
Cheers to you all!
I knew it was North Carolina. I didn’t know the city though.
I love the area!! I lived in Chapel Hill, my son lives in Durham and we visit frequently. People are warm and welcoming! My first week there I lost my keys in the Piggly Wiggly and I am not exaggerating when I say the entire store started searching!
You’ll be happy and hopefully healthier and maybe you’ll open a store in the area and I can visit!!!
( just a thought!)
Happiness to all
Open a store , that is my wish too! Welcome to RTP!
If you need medical service, Duke people (one of them) will be happy to take care you!
This blog post came up in my news feed, and I’m not even sure how or why. But I read it and realized perhaps it was because the universe knew you would appreciate a confirmation on your choice of Raleigh as a great place to settle. I live between Asheville and Raleigh now, but lived in Raleigh for nearly thirty years while attending college and raising my children. It’s a wonderful city, and perfectly located. Expect a genuinely friendly welcome from neighbors, and be prepared to develop a passion for college basketball.
Welcome to Raleigh! Can’t wait to see what you all do with a new-to-you house. And as a transplant myself, I can’t wait to see all the places you discover. It’s a great and growing area, I’m sure you and the family will love!
Yay!!! I was raised in Greensboro, NC moved to Jackson WY/Victor ID for 10 years then came back to Asheville NC in 2013. Super excited for you all, I think you will love the south. I work in the furniture industry (use to be in Sales for Hickory Chair) as a Virtual Interior Design assistant. If I can help you all get settled in anyway let me know. Raleigh was part of my territory and I have many furniture/design connections in that area if you ever need anything. Can’t wait to follow along in your next chapter! Here’s to health and family…Home is a feeling ????
Raleigh is home to me! Lives here my whole life and it’s perfection! Beach… mountains… climate! The whole package. Welcome!
We are in Raleigh too! Perfect city. Dreamy weather (this Canadian loves it), great medical care, the greenway, best beaches, road trips to Florida or DC, quick flight to NYC, mountains and skiing and hiking. Perfect choice!
I am in Greensboro !! I knew it was north or South Carolina ! You will be in a great area .. not far from beaches or mountains . We have a little cottage not far from New Bern on Dawson’s Creek .. cant wait to see your new place. !!
You’ll only be about an hour away from my friend from high school’s farm! They do events there and also have a monthly pop up shop (covid-safe!). Also family photo shoots with their farm animals and yoga with goats, etc. I 100% recommend following her on insta and also checking out one of the monthly pop up shops. I think it’s definitely up your alley! The website is https://morganfarmsnc.com/ and her insta is @britneyshore (she’s also one of the nicest people in the world!)
So excited for your family! My family has lived in Raleigh for the last 13 years and we could not be happier. You have made a wonderful choice, for all the reasons you mentioned. I can’t think of anyplace I’d rather live.
Best wishes to your family as NC becomes your new home!
*Zillow’s Homes for Sale in Raleigh, NC with Cottage-y style w/ over an Acre lot (because those girls need a little land)*
Me to Myself: Wow, just imagine what they could do to this one….
Hello Chris & Julia,
I wanted to wish you, your family and team a super HUGE congratulations! You’ve made a great choice and I know you’ll be happy in Raleigh!
I was curious about your decision and honestly it’s been fun to hear your progress. I too have a giant spreadsheet populated with many of the same cities, and Raleigh has been a front runner for years. I used to live in Charlotte and spent most of my weekends leaving to visit Asheville or the Raleigh area, wishing I had chosen to settle in Chapel Hill/Carrboro instead. I’m also a big fan of college towns, so you’ll get to experience that as well! So cool!
Once you get settled, and feel safe exploring, don’t forget to check out nearby towns like Winston Salem and Greensboro. Lots of great stuff to do there, too. I recall really enjoying their summer festivals and little “mom and pop” restaurants. Ah, fond memories.
Given your profession, Raleigh also has a special treat. They have an AIA! Back in the day…ha ha, they used to run all kinds of events for the community including architectural tours. It was fun. The entire Raleigh area has some architectural gems and stunning old neighborhoods. Insert heart eyes here!
One more thing, invest in good sunglasses for everyone. The Carolina’s have some of the most stunningly blue skies, and it can be intense if you’re not used to it. Wait until you experience snow on a cloudless day. You’ll die. It’s heaven. Seriously. As someone who’s lived all over, and was raised in the gloomy North, it’s one of the things I really miss about living in NC. The snow sparkles like a diamond and the first time I saw it, I wanted to cry with joy!
Can you tell I’m excited for your family? I get to live vicariously through you for a while and it’s so awesome! We’re actually moving to that area in four years and I cannot wait. It’s been a dream of mine for ages!
Wishing all of you a smooth transition to North Carolina. You’ll really enjoy it!
I moved to from MI to Raleigh in 2002– and I LOVE IT! You will too! Can’t wait to call you a “neighbor”!
And Irregardless is a great old favorite restaurant— good pick!
My friend told me about hour page & your news! My family is also moving to Raleigh but from Miami, Fl. We’re moving in June. Choosing a builder, neighborhood and schools was an intimidating process. But I think we’re on the right path. If you ever want to swap moving ideas let’s chat via IG (or phone ☺️)! Happy moving.
So happy for you! Looking forward to seeing the new house. xx
We just left Washington DC (a place we thought was our “forever city”) to relocate to Greenville, SC. The transition is hard, of course, but so rewarding to be in a place where we know our family can thrive! Congrats, and I’m happy for you!
Welcome to our state! You will need to pick a team (Go Pack!!!). :)
I’m excited for you and your family! I have lived in Raleigh for over 20 years and have two kids. There will be SO much for your kids to enjoy here, and especially after things open up a bit more, this city has amazing festivals and events and restaurants. It’s a great place that has a small-town feel with big city amenities. I can’t wait to see you all around town. :)
So excited for you guys! We lived in Charlotte for 4 years and fell in love with North Carolina. . . we would still be there if a new job opportunity in Colorado hadn’t come up! While living in Charlotte, we visited the Raleigh/Durham area and loved it too. There is a great museum in Durham that you will want to check out– I think it is the Life & Science Museum and it was so much fun for all ages! Duke Gardens are so beautiful and as you know, you are an easy drive from lots of the other cities you were considering, like Asheville, Charlotte, Charleston… and one that wasn’t on your list which is Savannah– one of my favorites! I just love the history and architecture on the east coast SO much more than the west– so much more charming in my opinion. I am excited to see your new house and all that you will do to make it your own! Fun adventure ahead for your family!
Congrats!!!! So excited for you guys! Sounds like this is the right move and looking forward to watching your journey ahead.
Welcome to the Tarheel Stare, and love from your future neighbor in Winston-Salem! I posted when you first considered NC to encourage you to relocate here; now I’m thrilled you will join us. Super health care, people as friendly as you two are, a growing food-to-farm culture, access to the world from RDU, and the synergy of wildly creative and interesting peeps around RTP.
May you be happy in Raleigh for years, may you always pull for Duke even though Carolina fans will pressure you to pull for UNC, may you one day suddenly realize you just called someone “y’all,” and may the warmth of the seasons and the warmth of your good neighbors restore you to robust health. Best wishes!
I am so happy for you all CONGRATULATIONS!! I’m in Tennessee and visit there often. You will love it so much. Sending lots of love your way.
You will love the triangle!! It is a wonderful area, and you can enjoy Chapel Hill and Durham too since they are just a hop away (and Saxapahaw! And Carrboro! And some trips to the mountains!!!). We call our three years in Chapel Hill our Golden Years. :) I hope the move goes smoothly and that you feel connected!! You will have to check out the Durham Life and Science museum (is that what it’s called??) with the kids, they will love it!
I knew it!!! YEY! I’ve been to NC and it has beautiful trees, seasons without the extreme cold. Beautiful houses. Quaint and modern. Jaja! Did I say I knew? Jaja. So happy for you guys.
This is so exciting and I can’t wait to see what’s new for you and the fam in this town.
Congratulations! Can’t wait to see everything unfold. Thanks for taking us along for the ride.
Congratulations!!! We’re building our forever home in NC too!!! 6 more months! We live in Michigan & I’m disabled due to spinal issues(surgeries,implants,metal-the whole 9 yards) so I’m hoping the warm weather does the same for me. My husband retired from the USMC 20 Yrs ago and has since been with Harley-Davidson for the last 19.5 yrs… a great opportunity arose so we decided to take the leap! He’s there living in Cary (his brother lives there) and I’m still in Michigan with our 2 teenagers-trying yo finish off the school yr and sell our house here)
Good luck and Stop in Raging Bull HD in Durham
You might want to Escape on a great ride!
Yay! We moved to Raleigh almost 5 years ago (after 6 years in Seattle and 4 before that in Utah) and everything you’ve said is absolutely true. We love the mild winters and even though the summers can be brutal, an escape to the mountains or the beach always is only a few hours away! Add to that the southern hospitality that makes your neighbors feel like extended family and it’s a pretty amazing spot :) Glad you found us!
Raleigh is a GREAT city, you will LOVE it. It’s on our short list to move to (narrowly falling behind Wilmington). Best of luck on the home search!
Congratulations! My partner and I just settled outside of Charlotte in a charming small town for many of the same reasons. We absolutely love where we are and are happy to be able to enjoy the four seasons (we were in South Florida). No regrets!
We live in Silicon Valley and we love it, but our family is growing rapidly with twins due in a few weeks so we started considering moving somewhere with more affordable housing and driving distance to our Midwest families…Raleigh was top of our list! Still a bit too scared to make such a big transition but will love watching you all settle in!! Can’t wait to see the new house! Congrats!!
Reader from Wilmington, NC here, but grew up in Asheville. Y’all will love Raleigh and the seasons are very temperate indeed! It will definitely be an adjustment in the summer though, so be prepared for the southeast heat. It can be hard to adjust to the first year, but by the second, the hot sweaty mess situation won’t even phase you. The beach is only two hours away and Wrightsville has the prettiest blue ocean water on the east coast. High Point, furniture capital in the US, is three hours. Asheville, mountains, and amazing outdoor adventures are four hours away. Welcome to North Carolina!
The 2nd Year Rule is so true. You are hot the first summer and fine the second.
So exciting!!! I’m so happy for your new adventure. So fun ????
Congratulations!!! Raleigh is a wonderful area!!My husband and I moved to the Raleigh area almost 3 years ago now after many years of contemplating it. You can’t go wrong with the weather, beaches, mountains, and so many things to do! Best of luck with your move and getting settled.
Yay I’m so excited for you!! We are about to list our house in a few weeks and move across the state, and I’m wondering if you can share your process of being under contract for a house before selling your current one. Are you using a bridge loan, or just simply approved for both mortgages until the current home sells? Or do you have a clause that your current home must sell first? Pros/cons?! We are trying to figure out our best option and how this will all work. I hope that’s not too personal to ask – I’m certainly not looking for any financial details – I’m just not sure how to navigate the process, and you’re always so great at explaining things. Thanks! I can’t wait to see your new home!
I forgot to add , there is great farmer markets and tons of CSAs. Since Chris loves to cook, he’ll love to shop there.
Welcome to Raleigh! We can be neighbors. And yes, irregardless is great, and only a microscopic sample of a thriving restaurant scene. Lots to do and see.
Yay! I am in Raleigh…never would have guessed that you were coming here. So excited for your next chapter. I have learned so much from your blog and IG.
Congratulations and welcome to North Carolina! I moved with my family to Wilmington, NC from Portland, OR about 4 years ago.
Congratulations! We love NC, we are in Charlotte, NC
You will love it here, weather is great, 4 true seasons for sure, close to the mountains and beautiful beaches too!
Woohoo! We can’t wait to have you here in Raleigh!
Congrats! I went to Raleigh for a work event shortly before the pandemic shutdown started and was lucky to visit some of chef Ashley Christenson’s restaurants while there. If you haven’t yet, check out Poole’s Diner and Pooleside spies etc.
Wow, I just had to pop on here and say your community is amazing. I’ve been sitting here reading all these comments, and I can’t believe how many people are local to NC and offering their support and congratulations. It’s so cool to see people come together in this way. Wishing your family all the luck in this transition, can’t wait to follow along.
Ahhhhh!!! That’s where I am, up in Durham!! Wow! I feel so seen right now! ???? And SO excited for you guys! You will love the Triangle, there is so much here. Great restaurants, museums, tons of hiking trails. It must’ve been so hard to decide on a place, lots of pressure. Well done you!! So excited for your new chapter! Mazel tov!!!!
Congratulations! We live near Charlotte, NC, in Cornelius (we’re about 2hrs from Raleigh)…moved here 19 years ago from Ohio. I so agree with you regarding the weather. Ohio winters are brutal and we do not miss that…it’s nice to get all seasons here without it being miserable. Our son recently graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and our daughter will be attending after high school. Well, good luck on your new adventure and hope you guys will like living here.
Wow, huge exciting heart-filled changes for you all! I’m praying for you as you prepare for your big move.
I seriously guessed North Carolina! I have family in Raleigh! Enjoy!!
Raleigh (and surrounding areas) is a GREAT town – I have lots of family and friends there, and went to college about an hour away. You’re going to love it. Congrats! And I can’t WAIT to see what type of house you end up in!
Gahhh! I literally squealed! You will be a little over an hour from where I live. I loooove Raleigh!!! That was the “big city” we loved to go to for pre-pandemic shopping trips!!! I am sure you will love it! Congrats yal!!
Welcome!!! Born and raised in Raleigh! You will love it. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. Halfway between the beach and the mountains, Raleigh is wonderful!
I did not guess it. I was thinking NOLA! NC is stunning. I’ve only visited twice, but I think I would be very happy living in Asheville! I’m so excited for you guys. Congrats on being under contract. Fingers crossed everything goes well!
You will love NC. We live closer to Charlotte in Concord NC but I worked for a company based out of Raleigh and we visited often when our son was in college there. Congrats on the move and so glad it’s gone well so far.
Yay!!! So so happy for you! I was hoping you were moving to NC. I’ve wanted to move there for as long as I can remember, there’s just something special about the Carolinas. Are you open to the idea of a cabin in Idaho now that you’ll be across the country? Hope to be your neighbor someday in the future!
Omgosh WELCOME! We are from Raleigh, but spent the last almost 7 years in Seattle and just moved back this way a few months ago. I had such a gut feeling you all were coming to the Carolinas. Excited to see more of where y’all landed. :-)
Here’s to hoping the warmer weather and access to dietary needs helps alleviate some of the symptoms of hashimotos.
Not sure if you’re planning to send your beautiful girls to public or private school, but thought you might want to know that some of the schools in the Raleigh area is pushing anti-biblical and anti-white CRTI in their schools. https://twitter.com/realchrisrufo/status/1372582785899065348?s=20
Something totally normal and expected in 2021. Religion is a private matter and shouldn’t have anything to do with public education :)
Public schools should not have religious education. America was founded on freedom on religion, if you remember :).
Antirascism doesn’t mean anti white ????
Welcome to Raleigh, y’all! It’s a good spot to call home.
Congrats! That’s a beautiful area of the country! Cant wait to see the new house. Wishing you all the best!
Earlier this week, you asked subscribers to send you a dealbreaker when selecting a new home to purchase. I found that so many of the responses would apply to me also. Unfortunately, I did not write them down, hoping to do so the following day. Pen and paper in hand, logged onto your IG account, and they were no longer posted. Would you please post a list of your subscribers deal-breaker or send them to me? I, too, am contemplating moving and so many of the responses that you received would definitely be on my list, too.
Thank you in advance and my best wishes to you and yours.
Yay! Welcome To North Carolina where I have lived all of my life, I am 43 years old and NC is my home. Wishing you and your family the very best of everything.
After becoming a member of Lds in pa we came to the inner banks of nc for vacation .new bern NC .decided to stay that was 8 yrs ago my wife an I went back to pa quit our jobs sold our house an never looked back .I’m sure you will love it like we do
After becoming a member of Lds in pa we came to the inner banks of nc for vacation .new bern NC .decided to stay that was 8 yrs ago my wife an I went back to pa quit our jobs sold our house an never looked back .I’m sure you will love it
OHMYGOODNESS! I never would’ve guessed, but sounds like you will be right where you were meant to be all along! I can’t wait to follow your journey and I hope that this move will bring you better health, which is always a good thing! Stay safe and healthy until then! xoxo
My wife and I have been living in a very rural area deep in the woods about 45 minutes west of Raleigh (just west of Jordan Lake) for the past 29 years. This is our second “forever” home — the first being a near disaster on many counts. It was not far away and lasted only two years. The house was the problem, not the general area. We are 73, my wife is from the NC mountains and I was an Army brat born in New England — about as different as could be. We met 53 years ago at UNC-CH and married 3 months later.
You will find your pluses mostly hold up, but there are big differences that may well need adapting. We have traveled extensively around the country by car and spent real
time in many different places –always searching for a better alternative. About 3 years ago, we came to the firm conclusion that there is no better alternative. We love it here. Now any travel is totally for enjoyment.
Congratulations on a great choice and I wish you the very best.
Well welcome to NC! I grew up in Raleigh and now live in Clayton (small town nearby) I hope you will love it here!
Congratulations…deep down I knew it was North Carolina! I could tell by the pine trees! (if you know…you know)
I moved to North Carolina from the north 12 years ago and haven’t looked back. You will be very happy in Raleigh!
Do you still have your dog? Never hear her mentioned when you talk about your family.
Wow!!!! Under contract, I’m so thrilled for you guys! Can’t wait to follow along and all best wishes and prayers it goes smoothly for you all. :)
I lived in Raleigh for a year and loved it! We only moved away to be closer to family, but weather there was wonderful!!
Welcome to NC! I’m from Charlotte (have lived here most of my life) and live in Waxhaw now. We love it here. Great place to raise a family!
I’m so excited for you! I’m in Greensboro (just an hour and 20 minutes from Raleigh), and my husband and I love going on day trips to Raleigh and Durham. Raleigh is especially pretty in the spring and summer because there are so many trees, you almost forget you’re in a city. North Carolina is such a great state with so much to do and see. I hope you love it here as much as we do!
Ahh! Chris and Julia, I’m writing this comment from my hometown of Raleigh NC, and I can’t wait for you to get here!!! Raleigh has been my home all my life, and you and your girls will just love it. I’m so happy for you!
That is so exciting! We moved to Raleigh six years ago from Westchester, NY and we are very happy. I can’t wait to find out what neighborhood you are moving to. We just built a home in North Hills and we love the area but there are so many great areas in Raleigh. Good luck!
By the way, I read I one if your posts that you are originally from Argentina. So is my Dad! ❤️
Wow, I’m in Oklahoma City and so surprised to hear you considered moving here! Raleigh will be so perfect!!
Congratulations. Would never have guessed Raleigh -didn’t realize the climate was temperate but it sounds like it’ll be perfect for y’all. Although I will greatly miss your current house, I cant wait to see the new house and the home you’ll lovingly create.
Such wonderful news! Official welcome to the East Coast! Looking forward to seeing your family’s journey.
I did guess it! Because I live here in Raleigh and recognized it ???? We have lived here for 11 years and love it. You’ll fit right in! It such a great place to raise kids (we have two little girls). Did you get to try Irregardless? It is so yummy! There are so many great restaurants and parks for you to check out! I’m excited for your family! Reach out if you need any local recommendations ????
Haha, recently moved to East Tennessee–I figured it might be in this area. The weather is wonderful. Glad you passed on Dallas–the summers would have killed you.
That is so exciting! We moved to Raleigh six years ago from Westchester, NY and we are very happy. I can’t wait to find out what neighborhood you are moving to. We just built a home in North Hills and we love the area but there are so many great areas in Raleigh. Good luck! By the way, I read I one if your posts that you are originally from Argentina. So is my Dad! ❤️
My husband did dental school in Chapel Hill. We lived in NC for four years. NC is so amazing. It’s beautiful. You are going to love it!
Congratulations and best wishes on your move! I grew up just north of Raleigh and it is a fantastic place to live! I wish you and your family health and happiness as you move towards this next chapter!
Congratulations! East Coast! You will love❤️
Totally guessed it! I have family and friends who live in North Carolina and they love it! I have also enjoyed every trip I have taken out there personally. So happy for you guys! Can’t wait to see the new place.
Can I ask, why did you choose Raleigh over Charlotte? I’m just curious.
Amazing, congratulations!! My husband and I vacationed in Charlotte/Asheville a couple years ago but all throughout the state we kept saying how amazing it would be to live in NC, we loved all the areas so much! I feel like it’s a place everyone could love. My sister lived in Raleigh for over a decade and loved it. Good luck with the move and can’t wait to see the house!
We used the same approach and moved from NYC to Richmond, VA. It was the absolute best choice for our family and even better than my research led me to believe. Congrats!
best news ever! (comes from a Cary dweller, hehe)
i moved to Cary, NC 7 years ago from cold-cold Russia. a lot of my health issues improved with this warm humid climate, hope it’d do same magic for your health! the only drawback is some light seasonal allergies i’ve got, but this is nothing compared to living in 6-month winter
I don’t want to say I knew it by that one picture, but I knew it by that one picture :) I grew up about an hour east of Raleigh (chicago suburbs now) and all my family is in Durham/Chapel Hill. I hope it is a great fit for your family and that you love it! Thanks for taking us along on the journey!
My sister and bro- in- law just relo’d to Raliegh and love it!!
You will have an amazing time there!!!
OMG!! I’m from NC (still currently live here) and I can tell you that you will definitely love the weather, state, all of the amazing scenery and things to do. It’s a great place for families. Hope all is well.
So very excited for your family!! We are Idaho natives (Boise) currently living in Raleigh and I can wholeheartedly say that this will be a wonderful move for your family and the girls will absolutely love it! Congratulations! ❤️
Oh Julia, you just made me do a happy dance for you! Although I’m back in NY (and ask myself every day why…), I lived in NC for 26 years and absolutely love it there! Raleigh has all you’ll ever need (and your family and friends will flock there, I promise!) the town of Cary is really nice, Chapel Hill has charm, Jordan Lake is lovely…the list goes on and on! I hope you’ll love it as much as I did when making the change so many years ago. My kids were born and raised there (great schools and activities). Great friends from all over. We came back to NY when they graduated from college (AMAZING colleges, UNC and ECU especially), and I hope to get back there when my husband retires! Wishing y’all the best time! I’d be happy to help you find your way if you need any!
Raleigh is ok. It’s probably the third best city in the state in my opinion. I would put Wilmington and Charlotte above them but you do get access to Wilmington easier from Raleigh. Raleigh also has the best hockey team in the NHL. I live in Jax metro now because of state taxes and warmer weather. Raleigh is still very cold in the winter and Jax is like a really big version of Wilmington. Hope you have a great experience in NC.
As a Raleigh native, “still very cold” isn’t quite accurate. Lol
I’ve traveled to Iceland, lived in NYC, and that is “cold.” Raleigh, amid the winter, is seriously not cold. I’d say moderate. But it depends on what your definition of cold is.
I live in Durham (beside Raleigh) and only put on a true winter coat once this winter.
Oh Lord I’d pick Raleigh any day over Wilmington or Charlotte. Nope. We wear shorts in February, I wish it was colder!
Congrats! I’m a 30-something Raleigh native, and I’ve lived in Europe, NYC, TX and other places, but ended up back in Raleigh. North Carolina is a gorgeous state. It’s true the UNC education system is incredible, close access to the beaches and the mountains, on either side, virtually no crime, and given the number of transplants (a burgeoning cultural melting pot and growing diversity). Also, not to mention a great Governor (Roy Cooper), and Trump flags are limited to the sticks (mostly). Lol
Also in terms of RE investments, buying in Raleigh is a must. My property continues to appreciate (given there’s virtually no more “buildable” land) so people are snapping up properties left and right. A property in my neighborhood/street was snapped up after 10 days on the market (at asking price). No real volatility here in terms of appreciation. Keeps going up!
You won’t regret it. Raleigh is truly amazing and with the international airport, you can hop the pond in 7 hours (which is a must for me as well). Let me know if you need any insights and tips. I’ve grown up here, lived around the world and returned.
Congrats! My wife and I love it here!
I’m sure we’ll see you around town! Let us know if you need any food recommendations in the area!
Welcome to North Carolina! So happy for you and your family, I hope that you love it! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Congrats on your new home and city! You just can’t go wrong with N Carolina. As you said the beach and the mtns (hills to those west of the Rockies).
I hope the milder climate brings you improved health and your new home continues to inspire new projects. I’ll be along for the ride!
Oh this is GREAT NEWS! I am not from North Carolina, but have spent over 13 years of my adult life here in Charlotte. This state is amazing! You have the ocean, the mountains, great food and warm people. Raleigh is awesome as well and you will love living here!
Ahhh, awesome! Is it weird that I’m most jealous about the amazing secondhand case goods of top quality that you will be finding for a song, living in NC?? We have been on the verge of leaving SoCal a couple times in the last couple years and have seriously considered NC (my personal pet favorite option) but the job prospects for my husband’s skills are not great there.
I’ve been following you for awhile but never commented! You look at some people and assume they have everything and their life is so wonderful. Health is everything and I’m so happy for you that your move will hopefully improve your health.
Wherever you are and whatever house you are working on will continue to be inspirational to me.
I wish you the best.
Soo excited for you! And so excited to see all the new content you will be sharing.
I couldn’t help but hear ‘Carolina in my Mind’ by James Taylor, while reading your post. It’s been a long time since I last listened to it and had to share – still one of my favorite songs. :)
YASSSSSSSS!!!!!! My family moved here almost three years ago and we LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! I can’t wait to see all your discoveries here…. sending you a big and beautiful WELCOME!!!!!
Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to move to NC! And this makes me want to do it even more ????
So excited for you and your family. ❤️
Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to move to NC! And this makes me want to do it even more ????????
So excited for you and your family ❤️
I’m elated you’ll be in my proverbial backyard!
My family relocated from NY to Cary, NC when I was two for the school system and mild weather. It was such a good move but I didn’t feel that growing up. I thought of the triangle area as a snooze fest, and I was itching to get out. After a few years away in NYC, I came back with a new appreciation for NC. I like my space, I like my state. I live in Durham now and can’t imagine living anywhere else. I am spoiled by being surrounded by world class medical centers (and being host to working at these) as well as excursion options. The quality of life is amazing and I can’t wait for you to have that, too.
It’s amazing to see how many NCinians follow you and have come together as a community in these comments. We can’t wait to welcome you with socially distanced arms and see the house you lept for.
Welcome! I was secretly hoping you were still considering the Triangle. I am a bit biased having grown up here, but I’ve lived many places (including a few states out west and even a couple countries in Western Europe), and I love NC the best out of all of them. I live out on Jordan Lake and love how peaceful it is, but easy access to all the urban amenities. And when my mom was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, I was so grateful to be living here because of the access to the amazing medical facilities. I’m so excited to see how you enjoy the area.
Yes, I guessed North Carolina! Raleigh is my favorite city, I had always wanted to live there but we can’t because of my husband’s job (his industry isn’t there). You will love it – it has the most gorgeous spring and fall seasons on the planet, and just the nicest people. I look forward to living there vicariously through you!
Welcome to Raleigh! My family and I moved here twenty years ago from Michigan……and just like you, this area immediately felt like home. How cool to know that I will be following your journey now in the SAME PLACE that I live. The location is wonderful, the people are wonderful (no bias there…LOL) and I hope that you and your family find so much happiness here.
I just knew it was Raleigh! I remember the podcast when that came up. We have been in Wake Forest ,NC for almost 5 years. We love all four seasons, so many amazing family activities and resources, and the many MANY trails and greenways. Can’t wait to see what you do next ♥️
Welcome to the Carolinas !!!
We made decision to move to SC form Maine due to one of our family medical condition. You will absolutely love the Carolinas, from the beaches, mountains and all the surrounding states and cities .
I live in Apex, NC and you’re going to love it here! I grew up on the Outer Banks of NC and def. recommend going especially in the “off” months like September and October. The food here and around the area is absolutely amazing along with all the parks, museums, etc. Beyond happy to see this process through especially as a local.
So exciting! My husband and our three kids have lived all over the country (even Raleigh, which we loved!) and we have always made home wherever we go. It’s going to be fun, hard at times too but life is such an adventure – enjoy all of it!
congratulations. We’ll enjoy the journey along with you.
Whaaaat!?!!? I live there!!!! How exciting!!!!!!!
So cool! We are also in the process of moving to the Raleigh area from California (we’ve lived there before, this is more like coming home). What is the etiquette if we see you out and about? Say hi? Wave? Pretend we don’t recognize you?
You’ll be East Coasters!! Yay!! I guessed Virginia but couldn’t imagine you leaving the West…I hope it’s everything you need. ???? Can’t wait to see you in your new home and new state. Best wishes!
So very exciting! I’ve been in Raleigh for nearly 20 years, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else! Congratulations and excited to see your new adventure here!
How amazing! Sounds like a beautiful area to live a quality life, raise a family, and run a business! Love that you will have great weather, four seasons, lots of access to nature with trees, greenways, parks, mountains and beaches! So so happy for your family! How many of your CLJ team will move to NC? I think the fact that some on your team are willing to move with the business to a new area is a dream! Will those that stay in Idaho work remote for awhile and then transition out of your company? How is the house hunting going for others on your work team? Find the transition and move to a new area so exciting and interesting! So happy for you and your family !!
I totally guessed NC just because of the pine trees. We were stationed at Camp Lejeune when my husband was an active duty Marine. 2007-2011. We absolutely loved North Carolina and we would love to move back there one day! It’s a beautiful state. ❤️ Congrats and good luck on your future endeavors!
I am soooo excited for you! I moved to NC from PA 9 years ago and it was the best decision! I live closer to Durham but the whole triangle has so much to offer!! Wishing you and your family the best in this new adventure!
I guessed correct. The trees gave it away, in my opinion. You’ll love it! The Carolinas are so beautiful, and like you mentioned, close to the mountains and close to the beach. You can’t go wrong there.
If I could up and move anywhere, Raleigh would be at the top of my list. I’ve done some big moves, and there is something thrilling about showing up in a new place and realizing that someday you will know the scenery and the streets like the back of your hand. There’s a book called “This is Where You Belong” by Melody Warnick that really helped me feel attached where we are. Best of luck and can’t wait to follow along!
How amazing! Sounds like an amazing area to live a quality life, raise a family, and run a business! Love that you will have great weather, four seasons, lots of access to nature with trees, greenways, parks, mountains and beaches! So so happy for your family! How many of your CLJ team will move to NC? I think the fact that some on your team are willing to move with the business to a new area is a dream! Will those that stay in Idaho work remote for awhile and then transition out of your company? How is the house hunting going for others on your work team? Find the transition and move so interesting! So excited for you and your family !!
Hooray! If it couldn’t have been Charlotte, I’m glad you picked Raleigh. (You are far more likely to get a couple snows there).
I’ve lived in North Carolina for 50 years, and I love having four seasons, access to the beach and the mountains, plentiful produce, as well as Southern vibes. Welcome to the South!
Ha! I guessed one of the Carolinas based on those loblollies. Welcome to zone 7! Big time gardener here in Clayton. I can point you to all the good plant places. Maybe a break from interiors! ????
Raleigh is SO wonderful! I went to NC State, your going to love it! We live in Nashville now but I have such a fondness for the triangle!
Welcome to Raleigh!! I moved her almost 13 years ago with our family and some close friends from Toronto and we absolutely love it here! I lived in North Raleigh and two years ago moved to Wake Forest to have more land for our growing family! The schools are amazing, the medical centers are world class, the weather is beautiful and the city and area has so many outdoor amenities too! You’re going to love living here!
I knew it! I remembered you saying before about NC being a possibility, so I knew it was likely to be a contender again this time around. I live east of Raleigh, closer to the mountains. I’m originally from Iowa, and have lived here in North Carolina about six or seven years now. And I LOVE it here. I can’t wait to follow along with this new chapter for you all!
Congrats!! Raleigh is a lovely place to live! I moved there 11 years ago from Topeka, KS for work and enjoyed every minute. I just recently relocated to Asheville (another winner and great vacation spot from Raleigh). North Carolina has been a great home for me and my family. Best of luck and I hope you find all that you are looking for here.
I knew as soon as I saw this pine trees that you were in the Carolinas. Looks like my backyard growing up! There’s something magical about this area of the country, and the weather is the best of both worlds. I hope it will be life-giving and sweet for your family.
Welcome to the Triangle! I’m just down the road in Cary.
Omgosh!!! So excited for you guys. We lived in Charlotte for a short time and loved NC!! Wishing you all the best on this adventure and cannot wait to follow along. Sending you love!
Welcome to NC . My family moved to the Raleigh area in March of 2018 and we could not be happier. I laughed out loud when I read your post. As soon as I saw the pine trees in the 1st picture I guessed NC! Be forewarned pine pollen season is a bear here! From mid to late March through early May the pollen is quite heavy. There are days you just see yellow dust in the air. But you are right, being so close to the beaches and the mountains is priceless. I can’t wait to see where you land.
You can play a fun game called “guess who has a garage” by looking at cars ????
Raleigh is great! We love NC….. I’m so excited to see what you guys do to your next home!
Yay!!! We’re right outside of Raleigh! You will love it! Such a great area!
Yesss!! I had a feeling. Been here for over a decade and love it. Welcome to Raleigh!
Blessing to your fam! You’ll love it there!
Welcome to NC!! I’m in Charlotte and went to college at NCSU so I totally support this choice, ha ha!
Congratulations! My family and I moved from Idaho Falls to the Raleigh area almost five years ago. It felt like home almost immediately — I’m so happy for you all!
Raleigh is fun! Little big town, great doctors, restaurants, parks, and pretty houses and neighborhoods. I’m in Wilmington, right down the road at the beach. I flee to my sister near Raleigh when the hurricanes come!
Welcome to the east coast!!! I am so excited for your family and for this next adventure!! Big big hugs, light, and love coming your way. Lean into each other during this change. You can do anything together. ♥️
Yay! We love Raleigh/ Cary! Having grown up in Mesa, lived in Rexburg 10yrs and visited most places you listed I cannot love this choice more! The temperate climate and close access to literally everything but the Rocky Mountains is fantastic. I’m excited to follow your adeventures here.
Welcome to Raleigh! I stumbled on you a year or so ago and you provide such inspiration and authenticity in a world that can often feel canned and monotonous. I’m a life long North Carolinian and I can say that one of the first choices you’ll need to make is…. Duke or UNC? Best wishes for an easy move. I hope you’ll all be well here in NC!
We lived in many states during my husband’s time in the army, but North Carolina ( Raleigh area) always felt the most like home to us. In fact, we moved from Oregon back to NC this past month. I hope you’ll love it as much as we do. Check out the NC State farmers market if you haven’t!!
I am so happy to hear!! I told my husband I bet it’s NC! I’m from Charlotte, moved to Southern CA for work for a few years ago and we just moved back to Charlotte to be near family because we had a baby and closed on our house the following day (haha). You will love NC and Raleigh! It’s such a cute town and there are definitely 4 seasons. Asheville and Charleston only a drive away. So excited to see what’s next! If you need any kind of support – feel free to add me to that list.
Welcome to Raleigh! I have an auto immune issue as well and I cannot tell you what a difference it makes living in this climate. Plus the grocery stores are amazing shopping for gluten-free and other specialty items! Hello Wegmans! If you need a friend I’d love to say hi when you arrive!
OMG – There are Wegmans in NC!?!? It is absolutely the VERY best grocery store in the ENTIRE world! Chris – you are going to think you died and gone to heaven!
SOOO excited for this move for you guys! NC is amazing and your East Coasters now!
Welcome to the South! We are so happy to have you here. I think you’ll find the South is what you’ve been missing all along. And selfishly, I’m thrilled to see Julia do the South so I can try to mimic it. Congrats you guys!!!
Congratulations! My guess was pretty darn close! I was thinking near Asheville which I love????
It’s such a beautiful serene area. I hope you love it!
Welcome to Raleigh! This is so exciting! I’ve lived here my entire life – even stayed here for college. You will love it.
Oh man….I live near Charlotte and I was so hoping you guys were moving my way! Still, Raleigh is a nice place for young families like yours. You’re from Pittsburgh, so you’re used to humidity. You certainly won’t have the cold winters of Idaho here in NC, but it will be cold enough to where you can enjoy a change of season.
Can’t wait to see your new home!
Welcome!! I’ve lived in the triangle for 15 years and it is a fantastic place to be!! A wonderful place to raise kids and outstanding medical care. I hope you will be so happy here.
Raleigh reader here!! So excited for you guys. This is an amazing area, and I cannot wait to see what kind of house you chose. Congrats!
Together is a wonderful place to be ❤️
So excited you will be moving to Raleigh! My husband and I have called Raleigh home for the past 10 years and I am so excited for your family! We LOVE Raleigh and know that you will too! Please reach out if you need anything!!
Welcome! NC really is a great place to call home and raise a family!
May will be here before you know it!!! So exciting!!!
Good morning! My guess was way off but congratulations on the new house!
Welcome to the Southeast! My husband moved here from “the Tundra” (aka Wisconsin), and he loves the milder winters the Southeast offers. I am sure you will, too. Glad to have you. (You just gave to start working “y’all” into your posts!)
Welcome to Raleigh! It is an amazing city to raise your family. 2 hours to the beach. 2 hours to the ocean. Does it get any better?! We love living here and can’t believe how much the city has grown over the last few years. It’s amazing to see it kept its small city charm with all the perks of big city life.
I’m so happy for you! NC is beautiful. We love it here in Huntersville and are so happy that the Raleigh Temple is now open. Hope you enjoy it and as much as we do!
Congratulations and welcome to NC! Born and raised here and after living in VT and CA I will never leave NC again. We have a cabin in Blowing Rock that your family will love when you want to visit the mountains – and some summer availability!
Best wishes for your move.
Yay! We moved to the Raleigh area 4 1/2 years ago (my husband grew up here) and really like it. We live north of downtown Raleigh in Wake Forest. We love it because it has a historic downtown and great community feel with excellent public schools.
Haha I’ve never been good at guessing, but NC was what I answered on the Instagram poll a few days ago. Welcome to Raleigh!!
My husband and I have been in Raleigh for 8 years (we also moved from the Midwest). Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the area. So excited for you all!
We also have a short-term rental if you all are passing through: https://www.airbnb.com/h/tiniest-home-in-raleigh
I’m just happy you’ll be near Duke and RTP. You couldn’t be in a better place. I grew up in RDU, and even though I left in ‘86, I still call it home. ???? So exciting! Can’t wait to see where you land.
Congratulations!! I had a feeling it was NC when I saw the pine trees :). We live in Durham and love it here. Best of luck with the move!
It looks like it will be beautiful. I live in the desert so those trees are ????!
I sincerely hope you can get feeling better. Truly. Right after my youngest daughter was born my Trigeminal Neuralgia flared up and steadily got worse too. Even though I have never met you, I have watched and worried about you ever since I realized you were suffering from the same thing. Send love and extra strength from someone who knows how hard it can be.
Best of luck ! You will love Raleigh. My family relocated here from NY 15 years ago when our three kids were 6, 4 and 6 mos. We never looked back! Great place to raise a family! I am one of the designers at the Raleigh Arhaus so hoping we can meet ????
Welcome to Raleigh! I guessed Chapel Hill…I recognized those pine trees. We went to UNC for university, and have lived in Raleigh for 19 years. We love it to so much! Excited to hear more about your house. The nice thing about the Triangle is that each community has some different things. You can visit the Planetarium in Chapel Hill, Life and Sciences museum and Duke Gardens in Durham, and all three cities have delicious food with tons of options for people with dietary restrictions. Plus weekend trips to Asheville or Wrightsville. The schools are great, the airport is pretty, and easy to navigate. And we have the best doctors all around us. One thing…it will be a lot warmer here. If you don’t have a pool at your new house, definitely consider joining a swim and tennis club!
The trees were also the giveaway for me! I knew it! I guessed NC. We are in SC now after 20 years in CA, and I love being back home- the slow pace, authenticity, the open space, the coast, the mountains, the people. There is an intangible about The South that makes it special. Welcome, y’all!
Welcome!!! We’ve been in the Raleigh area (Cary) for almost 16 years! We love it here!
It looks like it will be beautiful. I live in the desert so those trees are ????!
I sincerely hope you can get feeling better. Truly. Right after my youngest daughter was born my Trigeminal Neuralgia flared up and steadily got worse too. I have watched and worried about you ever since I realized you were suffering from the same thing. Send love and extra strength from someone who knows how hard it can be.
Welcome to the triangle! We are transplants here and love it :)
I knew those trees! Welcome to the land of the pines! I’m in Raleigh and it’s great, you’ll love it here!
Welcome to NC! Both of my kids are NCSU grads and still live in Raleigh. It’s a great place for a young family. We live in the mountains of Bryson City (hour west of Asheville). Excited for your new adventures!
Welcome to Raleigh, NC. We moved from Ohio to here three years ago. You and your family will love here as well. Please let me know if you need anything.
Congratulations! I live in Charlotte and we love it here:). So happy for you guys!
It’s amazing to see how many members of the CLJ community are fellow North Carolinians! Y’all will have a huge support system here before you even move!
Congrats, and welcome to Raleigh!! We live in Cary and absolutely love it. We can’t imagine living anywhere else. I’m sure you have lots of resources at your disposal, but if you have any questions about Cary/Apex life with kiddos (we have twins in K), I’m happy to help!
Congratulations! We lived in Chapel Hill for grad school, and the state is lovely! I am so excited to see how things go!
Congratulations! I went to college in Chapel Hill and you do get all of the seasons in a moderate fashion. There is a fantastic medical community, especially with UNC and Duke nearby! I miss the area and the fall (we don’t get as much of a fall in Atlanta) the most! I am excited for you and your family and your new journey in NC!
Dang, we could have been neighbors! (Charlotte) NC is a wonderful state with so much to offer. You’re going to love it here… welcome “home”!
Congrats! I am one of the rare few in Raleigh, born and raised! Actually my family has been here for generations. If you have any questions at all I would be more than happy to help! I know of a lot of holistic minded health professionals as well. Good luck with everything!! Raleigh is a special place and we have had a very very mild winter this year ????????
Congrats on your move to Raleigh! I knew it immediately when I saw the pine trees & the soil. I’m just down the road in Chapel Hill NC. Best part of the triangle is being 3hrs from the beach & 3hrs from the mountains. I’ve lived in Chapel Hill since I was 17 (21yrs!) & worked in Raleigh for some of that time. Let me know if you have questions! Go Heels!! Jenn
My husband and I met at NC state about 7 years ago and have lived near downtown Raleigh ever since! You’ll love it here!
Yay! My hometown/state. You will love it here. Funny thing is, we lived in Idaho Falls for two and a half years and I have to say the weather really did me in. Not so much the snow, but the overcast sky for so many days a year. I need sunshine! Congrats and welcome to our great state!
Congratulations!!! We moved to Raleigh a few years ago from Kansas City and I worried about the same things! We love it here and it quickly has become home!!! Please reach out if you need anything when you get here!! Best of luck with the move!
Lived there for ten years! Happy where we are in PA now, but miss NC every single day. Its a fantastic place to live, for all of the reasons you have highlighted, and MORE. Congratulations and best wishes!
So excited for you! I am in OKC (Edmond) and just want to say thank you for even putting us on your list!! Oklahoma gets a bad wrap sometimes but we have amazing cost of living, low crime, my suburb has great schools (all 3 HSs in top 500 nationally), high per capital income, high education, and have been voted in top 10 Best Places to Live twice in the last 10 years. Most people are shocked to know those things. NC has us beat on beauty though. There are some amazing places in my state but being sandwiched between the mountains and ocean…great choice!!
You are going to love it! We have THE best springs and falls and you are a few hours from the mountains and beaches. There is so much to do and see in NC. Great ACC sports, wonderful schools, the State Fair, wineries, food trucks, parks, fabulous restaurants, quaint boutiques and downtown areas. WE LOVE NC!
I knew it!! So glad to welcome you to the Tarheel State! NC is the best place to live, in my completely biased opinion. ???? I live in the foothills, about a 3 hour drive west of Raleigh. We really do have it all here – you won’t regret it. ????
I was pretty sure it was Raleigh, congrats! My friend lives there and I’ve visited a few times, I love it there! It’s definitely on my list of potential places to live in the future too. The downtown area is so cute, all the beautiful older houses in mordecai, the weather- so great. Also, you don’t have to be to told this, but check out the Raleigh flea market when you move!
Hooray! I’m one state away (VA) and I love this part of the country. Welcome!
Congrats!! I’m so happy for you and your family! We are big Charlotte, NC fans and named our third baby after a bakery called Amelies bakery. You have to go visit when you move! It’s in the art district, which I know you’ll love ☺️
Welcome to NC!! My husband and I live in Charlotte. You’ll love the weather here. Raleigh has some great restaurants and shopping. Please let me know if you need any recommendations for anything. So happy for you guys.
This is incredible! We live in Winston Salem, North Carolina which is less than 2 hours from Raleigh! You will love North Carolina it’s beautiful and the weather is very nice (most of the time)
I’ve always wanted to move to Raleigh NC! It’s one of my favourite places we’ve ever visited.. which reminds me I need to book another trip there soon.
I can’t wait to follow along on the journey, and I’m so excited for you all!
The picture of the trees, I knew it had to be North Carolina! Take your girls to the Museum of Life and Science, they will love it and so will you!
Very exciting! I’m wishing you a smooth house selling & buying experience. Daydream away! :)
Raleigh is a great place to live. My sister lives there so I visit often. If I had to choose another place to live it would be Raleigh. We currently live in a small town about 3 hrs from Raleigh( close to Charlotte). I certainly hope this move will help with your health issues. Keep us posted on the new home!
Road trip!!!! Only 8 hours from us!! I am so excited for you guys, it all sounds wonderful! Wishing for a smooth transition!
We moved to just outside Raleigh (Wake Forest) two years ago! We moved for my husbands job, but I too have a medical condition and it’s been nice having so many medical centers close by. Welcome to the area!
Yay!! You will love NC! I.grew up in MI and was sick all of the time! Moving to NC was the best thing! I don’t cough anymore, the humid climate is great for allergies and not to mention it is lovely here! Best of luck! Great choice!!
I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS!! North Carolina is just beautiful. My guess was Tennessee, so I wasn’t too far off ???? Couldn’t be more thrilled for you all, truly.
Awesome!!! I live in NC and so excited for you guys! Can’t wait for you to explore the state and you are perfect location to access beach or mtns for a quick weekend getaway. Put Hickory on your list for some great furniture shopping.
Congratulations! I did not officially guess in your poll the other day, but I 100% knew it was North Carolina when you posted that picture. Those trees remind me of every beach trip we’ve taken, because when I see those trees I know we are close. My mom is from North Carolina and we’ve taken a summer beach vacation to the Carolinas almost every summer of my life (and I’m 41), so it holds a very special place in my heart. It will definitely be a huge shift from Idaho in many ways, but a wonderful place to raise those girls and hopefully get yourself healthy.
Omg how exciting I would have never guessed and I live in Raleigh!!! I have two children 4.5 and 2.5! Welcome to the Southeast! If you have any questions feel free to reach out! Your going to love it here
Congratulations on your decision! North Carolina is a beautiful state. I’ve just made a big move from a city apartment to a small town house. We have been here a month and some days we just can’t believe how lucky we are that we made the change. Other days recently I worry a little about the tiny details and it’s overwhelming. To reassure myself I go back to our decimating process and remind myself of the ‘we’re so lucky’ feeling. A big change is hard, but I think you will be glad you’ve moved. Your Healy and your family are everything.
Heyyyyy new neighbors!! I was totally guessing Arizona, never imagined Raleigh was a consideration! I hope you love it here, Raleigh is filled with the most amazing people and sweet southern charm!
Everyone in the comment seems live in NC
First, I’m so HAPPY and PROUD of you guys! Change is hard. Next, WELCOME to NC! We live on Lake Norman and it’s just the best place to raise a family, great weather, awesome collegiate options, access to sea and mountains within a few hours, the list goes on and on. So happy for you guys and can’t wait to see the new house!
If we ever moved South it would be to Raleigh. I follow a beauty blogger who live there and I am always jealous of her weather. LOL. Good luck with the move
Woo!! We live in Raleigh and I had a hunch it may be where you were looking! Irregardless?! Ahhh!!!!! I’m a longtime CLJ follower and so excited for this! You’ve made a great decision. Raleigh is welcoming and lovely. The schools and healthcare are amazing. Greenways and parks are awesome. Can’t wait for more info!
Congrats! We moved to High Point (you’ll have to come to furniture market sometime!) 3 years ago from Texas and absolutely love it for all the reasons you listed. What an exciting adventure for your family!
I am so excited for your family! Raleigh is such a beautiful city and you will be so close to everything and anything you might want or need. We have lived on the Outer Banks my entire life and my sisters now live in Raleigh and Wilmington. It’s the perfect weekend escape. So happy for you guys and can’t wait to follow along on this new journey!
Congratulations! I live in Durham, NC and it is absolutely our forever home. Everything you described is exactly what we love about the area too. Raleigh is a beautiful city. I hope your family loves it!
You will love Raleigh and North Carolina! You must have listened to the advice of your realtor to snag a home in this crazy market, congrats. Wishing you all the best, can’t wait to see all you will do in your new home and most of all, welcome to North Carolina.
Yay!! We moved to Greensboro, NC 3 years ago from Florida and have been so happy here! I know you guys will love it too. There is so much to explore, the mountains are breathtaking and the seasons are wonderful! Wishing you all the best!
Congratulations! I KNEW IT! We are also currently house hunting in Raleigh from Buffalo, NY! I screamed when I read this post and my husband came running thinking something was wrong LOL!
We live in Apex (just a few minutes west) and it’s simply the best – welcome!!!!
We moved to Raleigh 2 years ago and left behind all our family in AZ and we absolutely love it! It’s a great place to live!
So excited to hear about your move to NC! We moved to Asheville in October from Seattle and are loving it so far. All good wishes for a smooth transition. Can’t wait to follow along :)
I AM SCREAMING!!! Hi from Durham, NC. First things first- let’s get you all wearing the right shade of blue- Go Tar Heels! I can’t let the Fullmers turn you into Duke Blue Devils. But seriously, this is so exciting! You will love it here. ????
Welcome to Raleigh! We’ve lived in NC for nearly 20 years. 17 years with a Raleigh address 2 years with a Wake Forest address. Being a transplant in NC is just part of our DNA! Mountains to sea, yes we have it all. I absolutely understand the tears, however you said it well. Wherever Chris and the girls are, there you will be at home. Again, Welcome home!
Yay! Welcome! You will love it here.
Welcome from a NC native, NCSU graduate and retired NC teacher. We raised our children in the northern Durham County community of Bahama, but now live in the barrier island community of Emerald Isle, NC. We enjoy the mountains as well so you picked well, I think! Shhhh, NC is growing too fast…just read this morning that Google is adding an engineering facility in Durham! Good luck with your move!
Living in the Raleigh area is my dream! I grew up in NC, but I haven’t lived there as an adult and I miss it. I went to UNC-CH and my husband went to NC State and we really love that area of the state. It is a great spot to access beach or mountains, just like you say. I hope you guys will be happy there.
Yay!! Totally guessed! One of my best friends moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina a couple of years ago. I get jealous of the warm weather and sunshine in all her pics and posts. Very happy for you as I too have Hashimoto’s and can empathize with you. Best of luck on your new adventure!
Welcome to the south!!! I live in South Carolina (I grew up in CA), but I’ve lived in North Carolina too. It’s a beautiful part of the country. You’ll love it!
This is great news! I am building in Greensboro, about an hour away, but my sister who I see often lives in Raleigh. I think you’ll love the area and the hospitals (my sister has ms), and the schools, and the furniture options! Hopefully you can spend a lot of time in High Point at all the VIP furniture market events and we can live vicariously/get ideas from you. So fun!
Oh my gosh!!!! Congratulations! I just moved from Durham, NC to Seattle, WA and I miss the Triangle sooo much. You picked a winner indeed. Neighboring cities Chapel Hill and Durham are fantastic too!!!! Congrats and enjoy the next chapter :)
Congratulations and welcome!! My husband and I own a small farm in Pittsboro, NC which is about 30-40 minutes from Raleigh and we love it here! I have no doubt you all will too! If you all ever want to come out to the farm to pick strawberries or fresh cut flowers, let me know!
Yah! I live in the greater area. Welcome to NC!!
Congratulations! You are going to love North Carolina. The NC coast is one of the most beautiful places in the whole world. Can’t wait for you to explore and enjoy all that NC has to offer – beaches, mountains, small towns, southern food, and good people!
Welcome!! I’m in the Raleigh Area and know it will provide a lot of great experiences for you and your family! Plus you’ll be easy drives from the mountains and the beach.
Great choice ;) I’m actually moving to Raleigh too! We’re leaving cold harsh winters behind in Philly for a change of pace for so many of the reasons you listed! We bought in January and are doing a reno now and hope to be there come May as well. Will be so fun knowing we’re in the same city! Best of luck!
Woohoo, I guessed it! How awesome! North Carolina is so beautiful. I love the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Outer Banks. Congratulations y’all!!!
Congratulations! My husband and I live in Raleigh and love it. There are so many great greenways, restaurants, coffee shops (try Fount for all gf options!), and events (during a normal year). And the trails at the NC Museum of Art are lovely! Hope your transition goes smooth and you get to know our great city of oaks. ????
I never comment but I’m excited! We moved to Raleigh from Wisconsin 3 years ago and felt the same as you described on our scouting trip: felt like home and the seasons are just perfect. I’m so excited for you to experience the sun…. I still can’t get over how warm and bright it is 3 years in. I love being outside for the first time in my life hah. We love being able to take day trips to the beach and hope to do the same in the mountains when our babies are older. Can’t wait to see what comes next!
YAY!!! NC native and Raleighite here…we have stayed for ALL the reasons you mentioned. I stalk the market here, and maybe you saw it because it was recent, but your current house in all its former glory was ON THE MARKET here! And I thought to send it to you because I knew you liked NC. The inside was different but outside was identical! You guys will love it here and we’re happy to have you! Welcome home!
Knew it! Hello from your neighbor in Carrboro!
I’m so excited for your family! I’ve always thought that North Carolina would be the perfect location for all the reasons you named.
Ahhhh so exciting!! Congratulations! You have to visit Wrightsville Beach which is about 2 hours from Raleigh.
I did not guess that at all.. I was really struggling to think of an area that fit your wants. I’m excited for you and your family. ❤️❤️❤️
Welcome to Raleigh!!! We moved here from DC six years ago and love it!
AHHHHHH!!!!!! We’ve lived in Raleigh for the past 16 years!!!!! And I was trying to guess what restaurant was in the photo without the name showing!!!!! (it’s great!). I’m so excited for you and would LOVE to give you recommendations and help you get the lay of the land!!! YAY!!!!!!! You will LOVE it here!!! Such a great quality of life for you, Chris, and the girls!!!
So exciting! Great choice. Raleigh is wonderful ♥️
Hooray! So excited for you! I definitely thought that was NC — we live in Charlotte and love NC. I know a move will be difficult, but you picked a great state, in my opinion. You’re spot on about the seasons! Wishing you and your family as smooth of a transition as possible.
Welcome south!! So happy to have y’all ????????
Congratulations! It’s a wonderful place and I’m sure you’ll be so happy there! I can’t wait to see your new home. :)
Congratulations! And welcome (back) to the East Coast!!! Yipppeee!!
Oh my goodness you are moving into my town
I am so happy. Congratulations
Congrats!! I went to Meredith College in Raleigh and loved my time in the city!
We moved to just outside Raleigh (Wake Forest) two years ago! We moved for my husbands job, but I too have a medical condition and it’s been nice having so many medical centers close by. Welcome to the area!
Welcome to Raleigh. I live in Cary, just outside of Raleigh and it is a wonderful place to live. You will love the weather, the people etc.
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