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    Emily Malone

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    A Look Back.



A Walker’s Paradise.

We have a fabulous new addition to our home.  Can you see it?  I love that I can see it from the reflection of Casey’s computer next to me…

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I’m willing to take the risk of showing a tiny peek of my house from the outside, because I am so excited about our beautiful FLAG!  There are flags everywhere in Old Town, and the old brick buildings with all the flags makes it feel so colonial and charming.

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Every morning I get up and walk the dogs, and I’m truly waiting for someone to reach out and pinch me because this neighborhood just seems too good to be true.  Maybe part of it is that we HATED our neighborhood in Charlotte soooo much.  Either way, I am in heaven.

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One of our biggest gripes about our Charlotte house was that we were literally trapped in the suburbs.  You couldn’t walk anywhere, and even walking within the neighborhood itself was dangerous because there were no sidewalks.  Our number one priority for moving was a safe, walkable neighborhood.

One of the tools I used when we were looking at potential homes was the awesome website Walkscore, which calculates the “walkability” of an address based on all of the surrounding schools, shops, restaurants, libraries, etc.  Our current house has a walkscore of 92, or as they call it “A Walker’s Paradise!”  By comparison, our old address has a walkscore of 17 and the description, “Heavily Car-Dependent.”  I’ll take the paradise, please!

One of our goals for our new life in Virginia is to drive as little as possible, and rely on our feet or the Metro for most of our transportation.  Last night was our first opportunity to test out our most recent purchase – a tiny foldable shopping cart!

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With so much shopping and several grocery stores less than a mile away, it only makes sense to walk there – it’s so much safer, and we get all sorts of bonus incidental exercise!  Last night we took the cart out for its inaugural stroll…

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To another Whole Foods!  I am definitely making up for lost time having not had Whole Foods all last year.

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Our grocery strategy here is to go to Whole Foods once a week for one push cart load of bulk items and essentials like Almond milk, canned goods, etc.  Once a month I’ll go to Trader Joe’s and stock up on frozen fruit, rice cakes, and other TJ favorites.  And then twice a week we’re hoping to hit up the Wednesday and Saturday farmer’s markets!  The bulk aisle in WF is small, so I may also look into a few other drive-able options.

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Since our kitchen is smaller here, we don’t want to have quite as much excess pantry stuff that we had before.  Our little cart is a good way to ensure we’re only getting what we need, and what we can fit.

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With our cart all filled up with goods, we headed back for a nice walk home.

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And after a delicious dinner, we all camped out on our new comfy couch.  LOVE those wide cushions!  It feels like a giant bed.

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I am sure you were all so sick of hearing me gripe and complain about our Charlotte living situation, so prepare yourselves to hear me oooh and ahh with excitement about our new digs from now on.  :)

Walking to a Farmer’s Market this afternoon – can’t wait to finally have some fresh, local produce.

How important is your neighborhood to you?  Am I the only one that thinks walkability is a BIG deal?

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afarmerinthedell.wordpress.com     at 9:35 am

Emily,
I literally just got one of those shopping carts! My soon-to-be mother-in-law got one for me! I love it! To be honest at first I felt like a geriatric walking around with it, but now I am in love!

So happy you guys are loving your new neighborhood!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

I feel slightly granny-like too, but I don’t care enough to not use one!

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Ann     at 9:41 am

I don’t have a car and I don’t want one so it’s VERY important! It’s a matter of choosing a lifestyle and also for the environment. I walk, bike and if necessary I take the bus…

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Kristy     at 9:54 am

Living in Florida my entire life, I’ve always dreamed of living somewhere it was WALKER friendly!

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Diane condon     at 12:59 pm

Em,
I was so excited. Reading the Sept. issue of Better Homes and Gardens and on pg. 190 they are pushing your blog. I didn’t know I knew a STAR!!!
Love to the two of you and the dogs. Love the flag and so happy you are happy.
Grandma Diane.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Awwww thanks Diane! Fun that you saw the magazine feature. :) Miss you!

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Rachel     at 2:50 pm

Walkability is my #1 priority when looking at places! Followed quickly by transit, since I don’t have (and don’t want) a car. :) I love being able to walk to do my errands, and to have interesting things to look at when I go for a walk.

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Robyn @ Wannabe Writer Runner     at 3:56 pm

You’re like a New Yorker! I love that I can walk so many places. The best thing about your hood is that it’s so residential yet convenient like a city.

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alison     at 8:30 pm

I LOVE Old Town; it’s so charming! Living in a walkable city (especially Old Town) would be wonderful. I actually live in Alexandria too, but not in Old Town. My husband is in the Army and we live closer to Ft. Belvoir. Our part of Alexandria is nice, but nowhere near as quaint (or walkable) as Old Town.

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Joy     at 7:22 am

I just scored my address it got an 18. I would probably love to live somewhere closer to things like whole foods. But this is the house I have always lived in it was my parents’ and then when they passed it was left to me. There are no sidewalks on my actual street but it is a half mile dead end with a speed limit of 10! And everywhere else is pretty good for running (though it wouldn’t kill the town to add a few lights for night runs)

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Stacey     at 4:45 pm

No! You are not alone!! I lived in a walkable area for 4 years before I moved to the ‘burbs. I can’t stand not being able to walk anywhere. I have to drive to the park just to walk my dog, and to me, that’s ridiculous! Jason (the boyfriend) has promised me that when we buy a house, it will be in a walkable area. Can’t wait :D Enjoy your walkability, haha

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KimLivesHealthy     at 10:09 pm

Love the walk score website – I tested mine and my place is a 74 – Very Walkable. When I lived in Adams Morgan in DC, it was 94!

My neighborhood now is awesome b/c we can walk to the grocery store & restaurants, bike to the Farmer’s Market (just a little bit too far to walk in Orlando weather), walk to the elementary + middle + high schools (wow!), and it’s a 15 minute scooter ride to work.

Still not perfect though because of the weather – there are too many times where it’s just easier to hop in the car to get groceries. Luckily you get seasons in DC and can enjoy walking in the fall! :)

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Crystal     at 3:55 am

Thank you so much fore the WalkScore website. The town I live in is totally car-dependent (score of 25) and I can’t stand it. I am definitely looking for a place where I can walk more places. Also, I am definitely jealous that you have a farmer’s market so close. That is another thing that I will be looking for when I find a new place.

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mrskavs     at 7:22 pm

My current neighborhood lists as car – dependent and it has been bothering me more and more lately. Walkability and sociability are two factors that will weigh heavily when my husband and I move to our next place. Your new neighborhood seems lovely. :) enjoy it

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