This week I had the opportunity to take a few people on a tour around town who were considering moving here for a job. Instead of selling them a home it was more like selling them Bloomington. For me this is an easy task.
I have always considered myself someone who likes to experience new things, move around and try new places out. Ask anyone who knows me well and they would say I'm no good at sitting still. After growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan I moved away to attend university then studied abroad in Australia. Upon graduating I moved to San Diego, California and surprising to just about everyone, I didn't love it. I lived there for nearly three years, had a great job and a good group of friends, but the West coast just wasn't for me. I decided I needed to find a better fit.
Being the true nerd I am, I sat down and did a ton of research. What type of elements do I look for in a city? What kind of people do I want to meet? What type of food do I want to eat? The questions went on and on.
Turns out I found myself most interested in college towns. I narrowed my search down to a very short list. Boulder, Colorado, Eugene, Oregon, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Eureka, California (had a job waiting there... this would be the practical choice) and Bloomington, Indiana. At the time I had only ever been to Ann Arbor, but my spreadsheet told the story that Bloomington would be a match.
My husband and I got in a plane and flew to Bloomington to check it out and we fell in love. So much in fact, that we bought a house during the trip and decided right then Bloomington would be our home.
I am someone who drives by gut, makes decisions based on my intuituion, and this was no different. I can say now, 17 years later that I made the right choice. Although I still have a tendency to not sit still (I'm in my 4th Bloomington home), I can't think of a reason I would ever want to live anywhere else.
I could list reasons for days why I love this town but to name just a few I would say it's the amazing diverse culture the university draws to town, the 4 season mild weather, the lake culture, the beautiful parks, preserves and rolling hills and maybe most of all the top notch individuals this town calls in from all corners of the world.
Some would say I sell houses, but I think it's more selling a lifestyle, or a community. A house is where you sleep. The community is where you live.
*photos care of Visit Bloomington