Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Life is Good in Oak Ridge

When Ronnie got his new job in NC, he had to start it ASAP. He literally got the call and started packing and just 5 days later he was already living here, while I still had to finish the year out at my school. He was living in NC for about 2 months before I was able to make the official move. Ronnie had no choice but to stay in a long term hotel the first few weeks, which was fine because his company was paying for it. But during that time he began to explore to see which neighborhoods were nice, close to his job, and wondered if it was a good idea to either buy/lease a home or an apartment. I left it all up to him because I just had confidence he knew what would be best for us.

He had his eye on a town called Oak Ridge. It was about 20 minutes from his job. It seemed quiet to him and safe and learned this part of the city had the best school district. Many of the homes in Oak Ridge were too big for us, but he found a quaint and modest neighborhood he thought we could afford and live in. Well, as soon as I made the move he was anxious to show it to me. Remember, I am a city girl in and out. So, when I first saw the neighborhood I was a little thrown back by the space between the homes, the large properties and most of all, the trees! Little did I know how much I would grow to LOVE the peaceful surroundings and openness of living. This is something I had never experienced before. (In Miami, you'd be lucky NOT to find a cookie cutter neighborhood with cars parked everywhere and even up on your property!) Anyways, we absolutely not only just love our home, but the area we live in. It is filled with rich history and community that truly is unique. Here is some info about our humble town called Oak Ridge, that many people call "God's Country".

From Wikipedia:
Oak Ridge is a town in northwestern Guilford County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 3,988 at the 2000 census. The Oak Ridge Military Academy, a private, coed, college-preparatory military boarding school, was established here in 1852. It is the third-oldest military school in the nation still in operation, and it is the official military school of North Carolina, as designated by the state legislature. Until the late 1990s the Oak Ridge area was mostly rural farmland, with numerous tobacco and strawberry farms. However, since its incorporation as a town in 1998, Oak Ridge has undergone rapid suburbanization and population growth. Many of the area's farms have been sold to developers and turned into upper-class housing developments, and several shopping centers have been built around the military academy. Today Oak Ridge is considered to be a wealthy suburb of nearby Greensboro, North Carolina's third-largest city. One rural pastime which is still popular in Oak Ridge is the raising and breeding of horses; each Easter weekend the town hosts a popular horse show. For more information Click Here

Some more facts and pictures:
The Oak Ridge Military Academy centers our town. It was established in 1852. It is the third-oldest military school in the nation still in operation, and it is the official military school of North Carolina, as designated by the state legislature. RONNIE'S GREAT-GRANDFATHER ATTENDED OAK RIDGE! How cool is that?

The Old Mill of Guilford was founded in North Carolina on Beaver Creek in 1767 to grind grain for the early settlers of what is now Guilford County. Today, the mill continues to produce all-natural, stone-ground, whole grain foods, just as it has for over 250 years. And it has YUMMY PANCAKE MIX AND JELLIES!

Before McCafe were all over, we had our very own unique one! This one is cool because it is made of brick (which all commercial buildings have to be because we are a Historic Distric) and even has lounge couches and Nintendo inside!

Chris Daughtry lives in Oak RIdge just up on the other side of the road from us!

Wanna come visit?! :)



Erika, your town is so nice, very different from Miami, but beautiful in it's own way. It looks like you and your hubby have settled in very well :)

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