Well, my lady and I are in it to win it. We were considering our 5 year plans, and were going to take over one piece of property from her father - the one that is essentially a boneyard for ancient cars - to fix up to live in within a few years. Instead of that we have been back and forth with him about taking over his garage property right on Mount Desert Island. This consists of 2 large garages, both 2.5 stories tall, roughly 40ft x 20-25ft. The plan is to renovate the smaller one of the two and build it up from the studs in as living space, and keep the other one as working space for a few things I am planning for work, in case my company doesn’t want to let me telecommute when we are ready to make the move. Also being surrounded by Acadia National Park doesn’t suck, like this
And a 5 minute walk away through the park is the fish house her dad will keep custodianship and rights to - but will be right there as a bunk house for visitors and such (he still fishes out of it)
walk to the fish house
So this is going to take some money and a whole lot of time. But I feel you can’t buy an opportunity like this without a huge investment. I am hoping to be out of it for $30-40K with my own time and skills invested - and alot of beer bought for people to clean up the property. The garages and property are paid off, just have a tax liability. End result, I am going to have an enormous garage and a house I built to my own spec within a footprint - with a garage door still on it to roll stuff in :) right in such a gorgeous location. I have exactly one pic of one building I took when we were there last fall of the property. The sun was right behind so it sucks, but we will be up July 3rd to start measuring everything up and taking a ton of pics to start brainstorming with. This is the main garage and office, the other is off to the left and is a similar design, slightly smaller, but all the windows are in place.
I was so ready to leave this state a few years back for an adventure, but sometimes it is worth sticking with a thing long enough for things to turn in your favor. On an even better note I don’t have to travel 3.5 hours to go grab the Invicta and the Goliath. They will have a home next time we go up.
Enjoy a couple more pics of the property as it is now. (yeah it needs a serious clean up)
Random lobster shack her dad used to run on the property
Also this is a 5 minute walk in the other direction in another barn in the family. Maybe I can DD it since we will be moving back to the old neighborhood :)