While most retirees are downsizing, selling their homes, moving to condos, we’ve found ourselves going against the flow and sailing upstream so to speak. We have the condo with a million dollar view, in a very well-maintained building. Just lock the door and travel…so we thought. But now in retirement we find ourselves needing space…not more living space. We have more than enough of that, but work-shop/garage kind of space. Space to design and create. Space to modify and repair. We’ve found our passion and that passion has taken us down a whole new path we hadn’t thought of taking four years ago.
So here we are today, sitting in our cockpit, our second morning coffee in hand. No wind to speak of, waiting to connect by video conference with our newly engaged realtor.
We carved out our initial shopping list for him and he has taken on the role of virtual tour guide..
Area of Focus
1. Property a reasonable distance to a major airport, building supplies and other basic needs.
2.Property on the water
3. Southern exposure
Cocktails and Sunsets
4. A place we can fall in love with day after day.
He has thrown dozens of options our way. Some with existing homes. Some just land. All with ocean frontage. So now begins the process of sorting. A lot of sorting and a whole lot of dreaming and planning.
Post Script: The address ‘Rum Runner’s Lane’ captured my pirate’s attention the most.
Property photos courtesy of Domus Realty
Ah! That old Jimmy Buffet song that brings back so many memories. “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”.
Our journey with R.E.D. has launched a whole new mind-set for us. Before boat, we were all about condo, simple living, design and renovations. Buy a condo so we could just lock the door and travel when we reached the point of retirement. We renovated room by room but then four years ago because of serendipitous events we found ourselves owners of a new sailboat and a new vehicle strong enough to tow us to places yet unknown.
“Changes in attitudes”
The renovations came to a halt – two rooms remaining to be revamped. But it was summer and we had a sailboat! My lush balcony herb and flower garden had to be sacrificed. Indoor plants were replaced with succulents. Now in our fourth season all my treasured plants have been donated to good homes and our balcony furniture remains enveloped as it was during winter months.
“Changes in attitudes” …
All our efforts became focused on R.E.D. Summer was all about trips and winter became the staging ground for planning the following year’s adventures and designing modifications to make life aboard more comfortable and efficient. Our condo became François’ work shop. Kitchen. Living room. Den. Spare room. And after four years of this we’ve realized we need a place to do stuff. The ache of envy I see in him when he encounters someone with a garage or basement is palpable. I am so lucky to be with someone who is passionate about designing, fixing, creating and it’s time we fed this passion.
“Changes in attitudes” …
Don’t think for one minute that we have abandoned our boat focus nor have we finished with modification projects. There are many adventures left in R.E.D.’s future. But our efforts are now split and we are diving head first into finishing our condo renos because there will come a time in the not so distant future when there will be…
“Changes in latitudes”…
I don’t mean this to be cryptic but plans are still being hatched and as those details break out of their shells we will be sharing them all with you.