I would imagine that if you had a good childhood (as I did), you would want to have your children’s childhoods be as similar to yours as possible.

My husband grew up in Levittown, PA, which is about thirty minutes outside of Philadelphia.  I grew up in Hacienda Heights, CA which is about thirty minutes outside of Los Angeles.  I’m not too sure we could find a similar environment to what we experienced if we lived thirty minutes outside of a major US city today.  But here in West Richland, we’ve found it.

I left the office early today and took my daughter to a showing of Charlotte’s Web at the library.  As we were on our way I remembered that I used to go to movies at my library when I was a little girl.  Now, keep in mind, movies were still a big deal in the 70’s because there were no VCR’s or DVD players, or laptops to watch things on.  And yes, it’s kind of quaint to think of a movie being shown on a TV in the city council’s chambers when I could have ordered it on my own from Netflix.  But there were other parents and kids there, so clearly that kind of thing still holds some appeal.

There is a block party in my neighborhood next weekend.  We never had those kind of get-togethers when I was a kid, but it would have been fun if we had.  Come to think of it, we did periodically unite (in fear) when police helicopters flew low over the area with the searchlights blazing and the megaphones declaring, “Please remain inside your homes.  There is an escaped convict presumed to be in your area.  Do not try to capture him yourself.  We repeat…” (I told you I live just outside of LA!)

But I digress…my point is that the good parts about a smaller community are here in West Richland.  I do NOT gossip over my back fence with my neighbor, but I absolutely have borrowed a cup of sugar on more than one occasion.

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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