Kimberly Van Der Beek does not regret her husband James Van Der Beek’s decision to uproot their family from Beverly Hills, California, Texas.
The mother-of-five has spoken candidly about how her family is adjusting to their new digs on 36 acres in Lone Star State and what played into the Van Der Beeks’ decision to relocate their children, Olivia , 10, Joshua, 8, Annabel Leah, 6, Emilia, 4, and Gwendolyn, 2.
During a live Instagram broadcast on Tuesday, Kimberly, 38, said that while they currently rent out the sprawling property, which includes various free-standing structures, including a “living room” and several guest houses, the family is just testing out the lots of space they actually need for their big family.
“I’ll tell you a secret: it costs less than living in Beverly Hills,” Kimberly said, panning the camera around her vast surroundings. “It’s a bit ridiculous. I love you, California, but I was so done with you.
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The family moved to a town where they can continue to raise their families, and Kimberly said that while their home in Beverly Hills “was really, really good for us,” it was “pretty tough for a family of. five children ”.
She also noted that she “loved” Texas.
“The space available in Texas… where we are at, it is vast and there is a lot of space and I think for a big family… it was really really necessary for us”, she explained to his viewers, adding, “We’re going to try Texas for a year and really give this property a lot of love.”
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Additionally, Kimberly was delighted that their owners called them “amazing” and “magical” for their willingness to allow the family to get their hands dirty with the property in order to make it their own.
“They really let us dive in and really run the land like it’s our own and go crazy with it. Which is really cool, ”she said, adding that“ the very complex village life that we are building here ”also makes the transition easier for her sister who is currently pregnant and is considering moving into one of the guests. of property. cabins.
“We try it on for size,” she says. “It’s hard to say what’s going to happen next. I love every moment and really feel at home here.
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The family stumbled on the Texas Highway, making stops in Arizona and New Mexico after leaving Los Angeles.
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“Sometimes a fuller life begins with an empty house,” wrote James, 43, in an Instagram post announcing their departure. “Leave Los Angeles incredibly grateful for all the friends and memories we have made here. Towards the next great adventure! ❤️😊 “