Trying so hard to find a winter escape, we looked at hundreds of options and at each turn, one of us said Meh, not so much at the other’s choice.
We decided to stay put in lovely downtown Bedford!
There was a cheap airfare to SFO, r/t $275, but who wants to be in San Francisco amid the homeless pooping in the streets? Pass.
We thought with such a cheap airfare, we’d drive down the coast, but we’ve been there done that a couple of times. Nice, but not in March.
There were reasonable fares to Burbank where we could drive up to Simi Valley to see the Reagan Library but then what, after one day, we’d be in Burbank. I can’t see us staying at some hotel on the water in Santa Monica or Malibu. My favorite hotel in Pasadena, The Langham, seemed way more expensive than the last times I’ve stayed there.
Nether of us had an interest in going to San Diego. So that left California out completely.
We briefly talked about Scottsdale. No, no beach. Heat, but no beach. Out.
Every place we looked at in Florida was either sold out or way too expensive this time of year. And the Caribbean spots of worth, yikes, the prices!
My billionaire friends even balk at Jumby Bay pricing. It does look pretty but….this house, Oleander, at $18k/night, I’m out. But win that lottery? I’m there, tomorrow. I can remember growing up we spent two weeks almost every year renting huge houses at Sandy Lane Estates in Barbados, when the resort was charming and the clientele was mostly Brit. The houses were in the 5-6 bedroom category, fully staffed, pool, view, and then it was about $25k/WEEK, which seems a ton of money but in retrospect, not so much. I don’t know how my dad did it – all the traveling we did as a family, wow, lots of dinero he chose to spend on us. I sure do appreciate all that effort.
So instead of going away, we’re making preparations for the major house renovation – shopping for new appliances, wondering who we can give some furniture to, wondering if we can survive living through another major renovation with all the dust and noise, creating a budget (ha), and most annoying, getting a whole new property survey. The company who did our survey when we bought the house and updated it in 2003 when we did Renovation 1, went belly up. Closed doors overnight. Boom. Gone. No other surveyor is willing to take our perfectly good survey and add improve upon it – like showing that there’s no pool nor tennis court etc. We have to start from scratch. What a pain. An EXPENSIVE pain. UPDATE: One local surveyor just binged in with an estimate of $3,840.00 to redo the survey. I’d have to look back but I don’t think it cost me that much first time around. Yikes. Is it really that expensive?? Plus, the $3800 didn’t include everything and I don’t even know what it means “Not an ALTA survey”. Anyone?
Individual trees not surveyed or mapped.
Calculations of building and lot coverage not included – to be priced upon request.
Covenants, easements, restrictions, conditions and agreements must be provided by owner in writing to be shown on map.
Stakes set along property lines NOT included in price. A separate price quote will be supplied upon request.
A 50% retainer is requested to schedule this project.
NOT AN ALTA SURVEY
There’s some storm brewing they say – we’ll see if it happens. Weather forecasting isn’t exactly accurate.
I’ll end with a suggestion for Peter and his wife as they venture out into motorhome land. I saw this online today, in Twittersphere.
1960 Holiday House Model X Geographic. Only 7 ever made, only 2 known survivors; this one recently restored by Flyte Camp in Bend, OR.
Happy Hump Day. Thanks for tolerating the blogging outage.