We're going to be living in a 5th Wheel in the parking lot of a Walmart. I think that's the only solution to housing in our new area.
I spent yesterday exploring our new town. Well, the town my husband will be working in, anyway. It's smallish, but one of the bigger towns in the area. The nearest town with more than 100,000 people is more than 100 miles away. Because of the current oil boom, things are, well, booming. And just like when the housing market was exploding, prices are up and there's not much to choose from. Complicating matters more is the fact that we keep hearing that this town isn't the safest. And we have a 70 pound dog.
We want an affordable, safe, dog friendly place to rent. I say rent because we're hoping we won't be there too long. So we're leaving our beautiful, big, CHEAP, dog friendly house and moving to who knows what. We can't afford the gas to stay where we are and drive 100 miles one way, five days a week to work. We love our house, the area we're in is great, and my friend lives right around the corner. And there seems to be next to nothing in our price range in our new area.
We've thought that we could buy a 5th wheel and live in an RV park. But the RV parks are either full, expensive, or bare gravel lots in shady neighborhoods. And I don't mean shady in the good sense - full of pretty trees that provide shade. I mean shady as in creepy. Creepy, sketchy, lock your doors, bar the windows, Katie get your gun shady.
The good news is that there are several small towns near by that we haven't looked at yet. There is still hope. But should that search turn out fruitless, it's the Walmart parking lot for us. My mother suggested we try living IN Walmart like Natalie Portman's character in that movie years ago. These days Walmarts never close, so I'm afraid the employees would notice us camping in the outdoors department. But hey, with the lack of proper customer service I've experienced lately at Walmart, maybe I'm over thinking that.