"I think we should Buy waterfront property, in a tranquil area, with access to the Caribbean, for the sailboat we are going to acquire!"
Recovering for 6 weeks of Pnemonia sent a rocketship of ideas through my mind, I read 18 books on Sailing, Downsizing, and finding Freedom. Reading about how my favorite sailing couple Lynn & Larry Pardey acquired a shack on a waterfront cove in New Zeland, perfect fixer-upper to live and keep their boat, became a gnawing sensation.
Angel has always mentioned how great it would be to have a pad in a canal to keep his boat with no marina fees "It's paying to dock the boat that's such a waist".
From the sofa, during my Pnemonication, I became determined we too could find a spot just right for us!
One night he walked thru the door and out I blurted "I think we need to check for property to build on, near Corpus Christi, Texas" and then proceeded to show him properties for sale and maps of the Gulf Coast, easy access to the Carribbean, family, or LA, hoping he would be as convinced as I.
Build on? Who builds? We can invision any opportnity of turning a dump into a mansion, but Building from Scratch?
One of the many things I love about my husband is he never taunts me over my whimsical ideas, this one being a stretch, he carefully said "Well, let's look into it."
Discovery Road Trip here we come!
Although excited about this excursion, difficulties emerged. On our first day arriving to the Sea- Side towns I brought with me an annoying stomach bug and managed to inconviently Barf all thru the territory. We were also on our 4th real estate person whom all had been dropping like flies, a new realtor showed up and our first stop/showing was to purchase Pepto-bismol.
I christned this groovy restaurant, made it into the restroom but not quite the throne.
The quaint Fishing town of Rockport captivated all our senses
with it's small island vibe & winds to swoon a sailor.
We had a menagerie of fresh caught seafood daily, homemade gumbo, visited the farmers markets, and a super weekend festival. One day we dined at a Serendipitious table where we were told, "travelers whom are looking to make Rockport their home, always sit at this table". The local expresso shop was closed, but when they saw our sad faces they swung open the window to serve us.
Outside the town, as far as we could see, were organic farms of wandering happy cows and open free range chickens.
There was plenty of good available land, but only certain areas fit our criteria.
1) It had to be small for minimal upkeep 2) on the water yet far enough to be blocked from storm surges 3) and deep enough for our sailboat. A vast amount of this fishing comunity was shallow, but we did find one plot we really loved and fit all our needs.
In the Cottage we made big pots of the days seafood catch.
and tapas from the fresh ingredients of the farmers market
Im a firm believer that all good things happen in Coffee Shops.
We're back in Los Angeles
In the midst of a piping hot Macchiato at one of our fav coffee stops,
the text came thru, that our offer was accepted for the waterfront property we had chosen!
Great dreams and plans are made Real... one day at a time.
We closed escrow on June 6th.
So What happens next?
For now we live in los Angeles and are busy downsizing. We will split the time between places before eventually doing a permenant move, build a swanky small pad with a small footprint, plop a sailboat in the backyard canal, and go island hopping.
Maybe in that order, maybe not, maybe some other wonky way.
"If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock"
Arthur J Goldburg
I find everyday I live & breathe to be a gift.