My FI and I are weighing up whether to buy a second home in San Diego or Lake Tahoe. He's moving toward the latter because of the clear blue lake, the Alpine setting and the beautiful house we've set our eyes on. I love Tahoe as well, but I wonder if we'd be too isolated.
Here in Washington, I go to a good number of plays, movies and concerts with friends. That's important, and I wouldn't be able to do that in Tahoe. The two nearest cities are Reno (1 hour away) and Sacramento (2 to 2 1/2 hours away). We'd both have to set up home offices, and there are at least a few days each year when we'd be snowbound.
And if I keep my job and telecommute, I would still have to travel, and living at least an hour away from an airport in a place that snows 300 to 500 inches (!) each winter isn't optimal. Also, there are more job and social opportunities in San Diego. This city south of Los Angeles is also beautiful. Except it's incredibly difficult to buy a nice house within a few miles from the ocean under $1 million, and the traffic is bad.
Decisions, decisions. One thing I know we'd buy if we purchase a home in Tahoe: a sailboat. No motorboats or jetskis for us. I can't justify the environmental damage they wreak on the lake. We want to keep the lake, which is still 99 percent pure and the second-deepest in the United States, pristine.
On another note, there's been a lot of hoopla here in Washington over the grand opening of the latest Smithsonian museum: The National Museum of the American Indian. It's about damn time this was created.
Yesterday, there was a colorful and emotional procession down Pennsylvania Avenue of more than 25,000 Native Americans towards the Capitol and the new museum, which is gorgee-ous. There will be celebrations all week. I intend to spend my Saturday taking in all of the festivities on the Mall.