I’m kind-of in shock.
My mini ranch in Grass Valley, that I loved so much, looks like it has been abandoned.
My previous tenant was promoted in his legal firm and therefore had to travel often. Consequently, he moved his horses into boarding. Since he was gone a lot, and there were no horses, the pastures are way overgrown with a mixture of grass and tall weeds. The barn has cobwebs everywhere. The tack room is dusty and dirty. The light in the barn seems dull because all the fixtures are covered in dust.
As for the house, the exterior is dirty and messy. Stuff laying around. A major dump-run has to happen. I did already send over 3 guys to weedwhack. They spent 3 days just cutting back all the growth to get fire defensible space.
I’m heartbroken that the place looks so sad. Even with a clear path of 100 feet around all the structures, everything looks dull and forlorn.
Hubby and I are going to take a few days to travel to Grass Valley and do all the things we can do. I’m looking for a handyman and fence guy right now – to do the things we cannot do.
All of this weighs heavily on my mind right now because I went to GV to hand over the keys to the brand new tenant who was moving in sight-unseen (based on the photos and her friend taking a tour of the place)… but she backed out today after “sleeping on it”. She had seen it yesterday and changed her mind.
I was so surprised… probably because when I look at the Grass Valley house, I remember how it was and how it can be. She just looked at it as a place that needs too much work.
I could maybe understand since the place is very sad looking IN THIS MOMENT…but it just needs some horses, some love and a deep clean. All that can be achieved easily.
So now, my lovely, wonderful, horse-heaven is waiting for us to arrive and fix it up – while we wait for another person to fall in love with it like I did.