When I decided to start blogging about Clarendon, I knew that my time here would likely end up being just one chapter of my life’s story.
When hubby and I first moved here, we had purchased a great little 1 bedroom condo in Clarendon 1021. It was there that we watched Clarendon grow as if it were our own child. Then, we actually had our own child. A beautiful baby girl who quickly made us realize that staying in a one bedroom just wasn’t feasible. Hubby came home one day with a perfect idea: we’ll sell our condo and rent a two- bedroom in the same building, which would buy us more time to save money for our dream Lyon Village house, while also staying in the neighborhood we love so much. After a move up to the 9th floor, and a view of the entire city from our terrace, we happily settled in to the second phase of our Clarendon life.
With the realization that we wouldn’t quite be able to afford the Lyon Village home of our dreams, the understanding that living closer to family would help give us the balanced life we desire, and the historically low interest rates, we recently made the decision to purchase a home in my hubby’s home town of Bethesda. We just closed on the house two days ago, and we couldn’t be more excited. The house is nestled in a neighborhood of windy roads, beautifully mature trees, plenty of wildlife (not the Clarendon kind!), and it’s less than six miles to the DC line.
Along with our move, I’ll also be retiring Clarendon Culture. This blog not only helped me get to know my neighborhood, but it helped me get to know all of you. Going into it, I never realized that a little blog could lead to so many wonderful things. I’ll be leaving Clarendon Culture online as an archive that I hope future Arlington residents will stumble upon and find enjoyable. As Clarendon grows, I realize this blog will get old and dusty and become less relevant, but I’m hoping that it will always serve as a resource to show how great this neighborhood is.
We have a dinner reservation this evening at Lyon Hall, one of our absolute favorites, then movers come tomorrow morning. I’ll probably put one last Lyon Hall review up in the next few days, and then it will be goodbye Clarendon and hello Bethesda. If you’re interested in seeing where I go from here, you can follow me at my new home: www.Bethesdan.com (or follow my new Twitter account.) You will all be missed, and I hope to see you on my next journey.