Hubby and I have been looking for a place to live in the Paso Robles, CA area for almost 2 years now (Hubby works in Paso Robles and it is 5 hours from where I live in Grass Valley). At first we were trying to purchase… and we still are…but this is a big wine region and prices are high. So far, we haven’t found anything we could afford that will work for the horses.
We then thought that we could rent… and still, nothing.
We even had renters all lined up for our home in Grass Valley which I thought was a great incentive and that we’d find a place any minute. But eventually, our renters had to find another place…
Today, I was with Hubby on his birthday weekend and we received a call about another property that had just come onto the market. The listing agent had made a mistake in the listing, so we were the only ones that knew about it – it was important to jump on it right away.
Luckily, we were both in Paso Robles, so we raced to the house.
The description was almost perfect!
|Amazing Acreage! This is an outstanding opportunity! 12+ acres, Horse property with 2 stall horse barn, tack room and hay storage, fenced/cross fenced pasture with shelter. This Turn-Key Custom Mobile Home has a wood burning fireplace, vaulted ceiling, skylight, office and an open floor plan. A must see property with Black Oak, Pine, Olive trees and two seasonal creeks. NO HOA so bring your Horses, 4H projects, recreation vehicles. Has hot tub, full RV hookup and electric security gate. Solar panels result in no electric bill. Well producing 20 GPM. Call for an appointment to see this home before it’s gone.|
Upon arrival, we noted that this property was hidden behind a huge scrap metal yard and a dirt bike race track that was associated with a large dirt bike shop…
Hubby and I walked the entire property. It was all that the description said. It had 12 acres, lots of trees, a barn, it was pretty and it was mostly fenced.
What we couldn’t ignore was the continuous din of the motorcycle track, even though we were told it is ‘only really busy on the weekends’.
The other part that we couldn’t ignore was that the home was situated a few acres behind a very unsightly salvage yard.
But, to be honest, at this point, the right land might be worth motorcycles and unsightliness…
What really got to us was the loooooong, shared road into the property. It would need to be paved – and soon! The fact that none of the other owners have yet to pave it, and they’ve been there for years, made us wince a little. The pricetag would be enormous – which is probably why it hasn’t been done.
THE NEIGHBOR DOG
On the upside, (I wish I had taken a photo…) the neighbor had a Jack Russell mix dog that ran over to greet us. She followed along the entire viewing and Hubby fell in love with her. The real estate agent kidded that the dog was part of the deal… but we knew better (otherwise, Hubby might have gone for it!).
After the viewing, Hubby and I sat in the car and discussed all of it. Both of us feel like the clock is running out. Here, finally, was a large property with fencing and a barn AND TREES, but we weren’t in love.
Hubby said that our needs are like a Rubik Cube… once one issue (side) is solved, several other issues (sides) need to be resolved.
At what point do we give up the dream in our heads and just find some place already?…
Or do we not give up our dream and keep searching until we find it?
Or, are we pounding on the wrong door?
The bottom line was that we wanted to feel great about wherever we lived… or at least ‘pretty good’ and sure that we could improve it and make it our own.
But does it really take this long? Are we being too picky? Does it matter that a property is behind a junkyard and a motorcycle track?
But, it just seems very odd to me that we still have not found a place to purchase or rent.
I just wonder if we are walking down the wrong path. I wonder if our direction will change… How long can we NOT find a place. Is it us? Or the area? Or the timing?
I suppose that in a year, I will look back on this post and have my answer. Maybe.
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