Tuesday, April 15, 2008

There She Goes

Some you have been wondering where I have been. I’m well and happy, but very busy. We have sold our old homestead of fifteen years (see below) and the closing is scheduled for July 1st.
 

 

This is the view from the front stoop looking across the street to the club house, pool and the tennis courts. There are two of these in the 'hood and in the summer time there are some might purty bikinis over thar.
 

We have many mixed feelings about doing this. We like our house, but it is entirely too big for just Sweet Tea and I. There are four bedrooms and three baths on the second floor; two staircases from the main floor to the second floor and one to the basement. We have a huge kitchen and breakfast area, a two story den, a formal living room and a dining room with a half bath. The basement has a ‘mother-in-law’s’ apartment where Steven and Laura live – bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen. It has a game room and an office along with a storage place. We simply do not need it anymore. So we are downsizing – with the operative word being ‘down’.

I have spent the last few days riding all over North East Georgia looking for land, hopefully with at least one dwelling on it. Our goal is to get a track of land that is – or can be – divided into three parcels. Sweet Tea and I will live on one, Steven and Laura on one and Dr. Amber and Bob and the rescue dogs on the other. Not an easy task.

I found a farm with twelve acres which included a double wide trailer, a four stall barn and a hay barn. It has a huge garage/work shop and the whole place is fenced in. It is almost perfect for us. They raise miniature horses, turkeys and chickens. Sounds too good, huh? The bad news is six acres are on a green belt with high power wires crossing the land cutting it in half. You can feed animals, run naked across the fields, or most anything, except build a permanent structure on it. So that property seems to be out; we are still thinking about it. If we do get this parcel, any of you who want to run naked acorss the patures are welcome to come and join us. You can pee on the trees, too.

We are also thinking about a trailer park we found that has five trailers on it. They aren’t in the best of shape, but the land is half the price of the farm above and what we are getting from the sale of our homestead. The thinking right now is to live in the trailers, build a log cabin or a prefab home on the land and then scrap all the trailers. This land is over six acres, but we can use all of it. It is backed by woods and there huge farms on either side of the park. There seem to me there are more hunting dogs than people in there area.

Our agent and I are still looking at land, burning gas and trying to keep Sweet Tea, who is in New Jersey till the end of the week, informed. I take pictures on the cell phone and email them to her, but you have to be there to see the real thing. We will do this next week – when I get back from my dog transport to New Jersey.

We may end up living in a motel for a while until we can find something and get settled. In the mean time, I will try to keep y’all informed. I have been reading your stuff, but have been too tired to try to post. Sorry! I’m an old fucker and need my rest. Later!
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16 comments:

RWA said...

Well, sounds like you've got quite a project ahead of you. I hope you find something that works out for everyone - especially yourself and Sweet Tea.

How about taking some pictures of those bikinis before you leave, though?

You know ... just for the memories?

katy said...

what a beautiful house, good luck with finding your new home.
just want to let you know that I am taking a break for a while, hope to be back, till then byeeeeeeeeeeee x

e.Craig Crawford said...

Downsizing is right! Can't say as I blame you. But it looks like a very nice crib, and great location.

I'm not surprised that you're tired at the end of the day. I hope you find some land that will perfectly suit your needs.

Heidi the Hick said...

Believe me, I know how hard it is to find the right place in the country. That's one of the reasons we're still stuck in town...

Also take into consideration: How far from town/ stores you'll be, and how far you'll be willing to drive. If you're beside farms, find out what they're growing and um, when they're "fertilizing" their fields. Check all the zoning laws and building permit requirements-- which it already sounds like you're doing.

Good luck! I hope you find a place before July!!!

coffeypot said...

rwa, it is quiet a project, but I am looking forward to it, though there will me some major lifestyle adjustments to go though - like no more real live bikinis.

katy, I read your blog and wish you well till you get back.

e.craig, got any room? We may need to bunk down for a few weeks. Wait! You live in snow central. I'll pass!

Burfica said...

wow busy busy. I hope you guys find something that will work soon.

coffeypot said...

heidi, thanks and good advice. Some of the things I have checked on, but I didn't think about the fields. I assumed that all the cows and horses would fertilize year round. If we get some land with a barn, I'll send you a picture, too.

GrizzBabe said...

And Sweet Tea has to clean that whole thing? No wonder you want to downsize.

Happy House Hunting!

coffeypot said...

bufica, thank you, we do too.

grizzbabe, I do most of the cleaning because I am at home. I'm a kept man, remember?

Old Lady said...

Old Lady starts packing her bags....

coffeypot said...

Old Lady, I think the only way you would leave Savannah is at gun point.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Super House, wow! Lot nicer than our little bungalo! Pretty fancy!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Lotta work involved in all that.

Shellmo said...

I vote for you building a log cabin! But then I'm a little biased - come check out our homestead: www.logcabininmichigan.blogspot.com

S.

Pamela said...

yikes... it looks like a bed n breakfast!

I'm getting excited to see what you find!!!

Teri said...

Best of luck with the house hunt/sale, etc. You sure that's your house? It looks like a big wig lives there. But it's beautiful!