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The Joys of Exploring Your Neighborhood

Once you’re unpacked and finished with all the little touch-ups around the house, you may be met with a bit of “what now?” The homebuying process can be tedious and frantic at times, and that’s even before you move in. Shuffling from one place to the other can also be a bit crazy, even more so in the event you’re transporting small children or pets along the way.

So when the time comes that you have done everything that can be done, the wheels may still be spinning with no particular direction in mind.

So, it’s time to simply pick a direction and go.

I mean it. Hop into the car and start getting lost in your new neighborhood. Pull up to those neighborhood restaurants and delis, bars and corner stores. Find a few bakeries or dessert shops and just get to know the lay of the land. When my wife and I first moved into our home, one of our first meals as homeowners was at Two Costas in Linden, where we had breakfast sandwiches on Portugese rolls, homemade whipped cream atop our cappuccinos, and Portugese custard tarts for dessert.

Since then, we’ve journeyed into neighboring towns based on our own exploring, but also the input from neighbors and friends in the area. The more you get out and enjoy what your town, and surrounding towns, has to offer, the sooner you’ll feel like you’re home no matter where you go.

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