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The house hunt for the art full life

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

After several days of looking at properties we have concluded that we need to look for a second property that has a small fixer upper on an acre or larger. Reason being, the housing market. Selling our house would mean taking a loss, and if we wait a few years when the housing market normalizes we can sell it for what its worth. In the meanwhile we will be vested in a property in the bay area that we could build on.

So, since I put my plan out here let me just add some closure by saying the new plan is as indicated above and creating a vision board and journal to work through and define and refine the vision while getting our current property up to par for rental and selling. Since no one knows what the future holds, for now its still just a plan and we are sticking to it, because as the old saying goes, “failing to plan means planning to fail”.

Let me just say I have never been to an art retreat and I kind of don’t want to because I am more interested in a unique vision on an intimate level ie nothing like art and soul or art fest, for those of you in the know or who have been there.

The last property we saw was ideal but had multiple offers. This is what it looks like:

I love a ranch style home.

The property is on 15 acres with breath taking views to include redwoods and the ocean.

The red barn is huge and has a kitchen inside with studio and loft

Adorable Pump house:

the interior of the house is very artistic, with a chefs kitchen in aqua blue tiles over the sink area, the floors are mottled adobe color the walls are painted with a blue band running through and various walls are painted with a peachy salmon color, very “santa fe”. It has a huge great room, all beautifully done. The thing is, with so much flat area a person could expand to include little cabins or the like. A very inspiring property, with fruit trees and ready for a garden and and chickens.

The Art Full Life

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

So, I have this idea of owning a property that we could use as a bed and breakfast/retreat type place where I could do small intimate art workshops filtered in with guest artists and or just guests who want to get away for a weekend. It would be a “lifestyle” retreat with an intent of “green” living to include fresh home grown vegetables, and all things handmade/home made and activities that focus on art full living. Its something that I have thought about for years really and need to refine and define the idea which is partly determined by the type of location we are able to acquire. So, we (the hubster and our two pugnacious fur kids) set out to hopefully find something that could accommodate that vision and idea over the past two days..

First of all, we are home no less than one day early.

Taking the pugs with us to the Bay area was not a brilliant idea. It could have been. Had said pugs cooperated. Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh.Sniffing, snorting, snoring, panting, whining and carrying on like they were in complete peril, meant two nights of NO sleep. Seriously, the first night we stayed at a hotel and left the dogs in their crates in the room. As soon as I closed the door so we could venture out to have some dinner I heard a long, guttural screech the likes of which I had never heard before. Over and over. We went back in, reassured alpha male and repositioned the crates and it seemed like he calmed down a bit. However, when we returned, we could hear him crying inside and don’t know if he spent the whole time crying. Just awful. They do not like crates, I guess because I have never really used them much since I don’t go out much or take my dogs with me when I do. no amount of coaxing would convince them to like their crates and I had to keep them by me on the side of the bed outside of their crates all night. They remained restless and noisy especially the little girl pug who panted so loudly and long she hyperventilated, she would not relax. The panting drove me nutty and sleepless for two nights while boy dog snored, like a grown man. Never again. No traveling pugs. ever. again!!!
This is sassy thinking: “I just wanna go home”.

On day one we saw one property. Full of charm but a bit too rustic. Still, a beautiful setting were it not for the various abandoned vehicles and falling down structures en route to the oasis. The property had a creek on it surrounded by redwoods, (like Big Basin), a long private drive leading to a story book moss covered bridge with an underground two car garage built into the hillside that fits 1920s model ts !! cute! Little moss covered steps lead up to the main cabin which was surprisingly spacious, clean and well taken care of. The owners were humble, lovely people who spent great time over the six years that they had the place fixing it up from neglect and restoring it to its original integrity. There were two adorable adjacent cabins and a shed for the generators that power the property. All in all the property could house up to eight people. It had a very retreat feeling to it, but I could only see myself there for brief periods of time mostly due to how damp and dark it was, and I feel sure I would get S.A.D. because I need more light more often. There was no room to expand to include a green house or workshop, and flowers and vegetables would not grow on the property due to too much shade. While I am interested in green living I am not interested in washing clothes by hand, there are just some conveniences I don’t want to sacrifice. 🙁