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House Hunters

08 Feb

Am I ever thankful we didn’t come to Florida for some R&R on the beach.

We’ve had rain, mist, and gray skies the entire time.  The temps have hovered in the upper 50s to low 60s, and while that’s still 50 to 60 degrees higher than home, it’s not exactly sun tanning and SUPn’ weather.

But like I said, we didn’t come here for that.

We’ve spent the last couple of days toolin’ around St. Petersburg and Sarasota with a couple of realtors.  We’ve seen condos,

condo with a view

Small but with a fabulous view. The one upstairs was even better!

drawbridge condo

Another small condo with a great view of the inner coastal waterway. What you can’t see is the draw bridge just to the left with extremely loud traffic noise. 😦

we’ve seen townhomes,

townhome 1

Beautiful, but no view.

and we’ve seen single family homes.

front view of single family home

This was my favorite home.

back of single family home

It has a fabulous back yard…..

backyard view from house

with a view of the golf course pond. I could probably be talked into this one.

 

We looked at places on the beach, on the inner coastal waterway, and on the main land.

Not knowing really what kind of home we want, or in what area, this was all a big learning experience.  The good news is, we learned.

We learned we like Sarasota.  A lot.  We learned we don’t want apartment-like condos, but we do like townhomes with attached garages.  We also would be okay with a small single family home.

We learned we don’t want to live ON the beach.  The tourist congestion is insane.  But being on the inner coastal allows us to look over water and watch the boats go by.  It would be an easy bike ride to the beach, and we’d be near the excitement that tourism brings.

As of now we’ve refrained from buying anything.  Although in one of the places, I had my finger on the dial, ready to call the kids and tell ’em we weren’t coming back.

It’s likely we’ll be down here permanently some day.  We just gotta get rid of a few more kids. Er… I mean, we need to finish raising our children in our small, freezing cold town,  send them off to college, and then high tail it south to the place of our dreams.

Until then, we have to be content with our short trips down a few times a year.  ‘Cause even when it’s gray and gloomy…

It’s beautiful.

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Posted by on February 8, 2014 in Vacation

 

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15 responses to “House Hunters

  1. agg79

    February 9, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Oooh. Nice digs. Good idea to scope out the local area and possibilities. Of course, leaving the old homestead in sub-arctic weather to tour the “sunny” Florida coast,, might sway your decision a bit. Just keep an eye out for the occasional hurricane and those retirees. I like your plan – bundle the young-uns off to college and then change the locks and move.

     
    • shadowrun300

      February 10, 2014 at 2:00 am

      Yes, even at its worst, Florida looks so much better than what we left. And the hurricanes and retirees don’t scare me. Bring ’em on!
      As far as the kids… we’re still trying to talk Mario into moving down there, by enticing her with cute boys, so we can get there sooner. Is that wrong?

       
  2. Abby

    February 10, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Sounds like fun! House hunting with no big rush to commit! Nice way to get a feel for where you want to end up.

     
    • shadowrun300

      February 10, 2014 at 2:10 am

      It was great fun! And both realtors were happy to spend a few hours with us showing us around and answering all our questions. We feel like we learned a bunch. The hardest part was not being able to say “I’ll take it!”

       
  3. towardshealthylife

    February 10, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Tell me when you actually are on the show lol It’s good that you had a first check, it can get pretty confusing when it comes to pick a home and since it’s a warmer climate(usually) you can get away with a smaller house and enjoys more outside living. The beach, the color of the sand, its beautiful.

     
    • shadowrun300

      February 11, 2014 at 3:02 am

      I love the show! Not sure we’re good candidates though. Maybe someday we’ll have a good idea of what we want.
      More outside living sounds heavenly! And that beach! The sand was so fine and so white. Absolutely beautiful!

       
  4. Rock Chef

    February 10, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Make sure you ask about sink holes – saw a documentary about it the other day, nasty business! Apparently you need to be on shallow soil. And if there is a nice big round lake nearby – that is an old sink hole!

     
    • shadowrun300

      February 11, 2014 at 3:04 am

      Oh I know! I’ve seen stories about sink holes. Very scary! But some things are worth the risk. And we’ll be sure to steer clear of round lakes….

       
  5. Rock Chef

    February 11, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Cool, just don’t want you going in blind. Happy hunting!

     
  6. Meleah Rebeccah

    February 11, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Oh wow. The house on the golf course is absolutely fabulous!

    “Although in one of the places, I had my finger on the dial, ready to call the kids and tell ‘em we weren’t coming back.” —- HA!

    “We just gotta get rid of a few more kids. Er… I mean, we need to finish raising our children in our small, freezing cold town,  send them off to college, and then high tail it south to the place of our dreams.” —— EVEN BIGGER HA!

     
    • shadowrun300

      February 12, 2014 at 2:19 am

      I loved the golf course house, but it would have been even better on the inner coastal waterway. And the kids are the ONLY reason we came back.

       
  7. territerri

    February 12, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Wow! You’re getting SERIOUS! Lucky. My husband swears we’re going to live and die in this house. I’d have a hard time convincing him to move out of state.

     
    • shadowrun300

      February 12, 2014 at 2:16 am

      We thought we’d live and die in this house too, but now neither of us have a desire to hang around our small town or deal with the winters. It’s just a matter of time now. Gotta get the kids through school first. My hubby is ready to go NOW, so he may very well rent a small place down there through the winters to help him with his winter depression. So yeah, we’re planning for the big ‘someday’ move.

       
  8. The Thin Lady Inside

    February 12, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Well I am sure the recent weather where you live is making it easier for you to think about “running away” … it all looks so beautiful… THOSE HOMES!!! how cool! I am so happy you’re giving this some serious thought… it will be a nice place for you and your hubby! 🙂

     
    • shadowrun300

      February 12, 2014 at 2:34 am

      We love it down there, and feel very much at home. We feel that way about Nashville also, but Nashville isn’t south enough. 🙂

       

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