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Hi IP,

Thanks so much for your words of wisdom. Had a friend posted what I did, I am sure I would have replied with a similar response. To add a few facts to my original post, we aren't moving primarily to be closer to Jamie and Matt. Okay, maybe Sandi, my partner, would put that at the top of her list... right alongside of hoping a grandchild comes in the next few years. But for me, I originally lived in the neighborhood where we're looking. I only moved here because when we decided to make our relationship permanent and live together, we had to choose between our two houses. My house was a 3br/2ba (perfect in every way mid-century modern with walls of glass looking out towards Griffith Park on w=one side and a sea of city lights out the back)... and hers had 5 bedrooms. Since we needed the space... we both worked at home and she and a full time assistant weekdays... it only made sense for me to sell my house and buy half the equity in hers. So that's what I did. it took me two years to make the decision, but it was one of the best of my life.

For me, moving back to the Hollywood Hills or nearby Studio City, is a major quality of life thing. My old tennis club is there. You can get out and walk where there are actual sidewalks instead of my current driving only neighborhood with hills too steep to walk without almost killing yourself. It's closer to everything I like to do: museums, the Hollywood Bowl, a couple of close friends. Sandi, too, loves that area. She used to live in Studio City when she first moved to L.A. and would love to live there again. So while it might appear by my first post that the primary consideration was just to be closer to the kids, that was only one variable. The funny thing is that even after we move, we will probably still only see them once every month or so. We're all pretty busy and with the advent of texting and email, we communicate more (daily) than we ever did. And that feels pretty much like seeing them even if it's only an IM or text.

So thanks for weighing in! And whatever happens in the kids' lives, we'll roll with it. We're making this move for us and how we envision the next chapter of our life. I'm just glad we have choices.

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