December 12, 2017
Santa Rosa, CA
Offer declined. After months of research and negotiation, our attempt to buy a nearly eight-acre parcel of land just west of Santa Rosa was not accepted. For now... At this point we wait six months and try again.
On October 27th, my second ride on the new bike, I passed by a parcel with potential, on the northwest corner of Piner Road and Willowside. Probably 20 times larger than anything we'd need in order to build our moderately sized dreamhome, but the location! Willowside is a gravel road that runs about 1/4 mile along the east edge of the property, across the street from a large vineyard, and with views of the mountains running north/south along the eastern edge of Santa Rosa. The asking price was a bit high, considering the raw nature of the land (no well, septic, or utilities), but I couldn't stop thinking about it.
|Post-property-jaunt with Richard, at Peterson's Winery's fundraiser for fire victims|
|Back at the manicured grounds of our apartment community with Richard. I didn't know it then, but I had covered myself in poison oak. These were my last smiles for a month.|
|That's "ours" on the right side of the road. Difficult, but lovely.|
BUT, our lender told us that after I've got six months of history on the job, we'll be able to get a better/bigger loan, which should give us some more flexibility in negotiating. Seeing how the property has been on the market for nearly a year, perhaps it will still be available by the time I've got some Delicato time under my belt. In the meantime, the scouting will continue.
|Looks easy enough to build on, to these untrained eyes|
|Whose trash cans are on "our" property?! There are six or so homes down there at the end of this gravel road. We'll call them our someday-neighbors.|
|Looking for a build site - 8 acres leaves a lot of possibilities|