Today is a wonderful day because we closed escrow!!
I feel like I’ve given birth. I imagine it’s similar to a pregnancy; the relief, the joy, the sleepless nights and all of the stress have paid off as we admire our little bundle of joy; yet there’s so much work ahead of us. And as a pregnant woman waddles out of her doctor’s office, this entire experience has also left us feeling slightly violated and exhausted. Every ounce of our lives has been scrutinized, inspected and prodded. But I’m certain it was all worth it. Isn’t it cute!? Well… actually it’s not cute yet. But those who have seen our handy-work in past years are cheering us on. They know what we’re capable of doing.
So give us a little more time.
(These photos are from years past. I’m too chicken to show you current just yet.)
The 1 acre parcel is the old Clemente Inn property that the locals know well. Mike and I would drive past this corner-lot for years, dreaming of restoring this old brick building. If we were lucky enough to hit the red light at the intersection, we’d mentally make changes, pointing out different possibilities and then crane our necks as the light turned green and were forced to continue on. But sadly, the building was demolished a few years ago. The old brick trucked off and a tired and defeated homeowner walked away from the drama. All that was left was a large, empty space with just the foundation remnants + a little white house that no one ever noticed before, including us.
The property is at 17341 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma. It’s a charming* 1930’s 1.5 bedroom (the half will be my office) and 1 bath + a sweet little guest cottage in the back with it’s own deck and bathroom, perfect for friends and family.
So we have two projects. First is the house, getting it inhabitable very soon and then working on sprucing it up, bit by bit. The second is the empty vacant lot. That’s Mike’s baby. When the time comes, that will be our next project.
I have so much to share about this property and experience and miracles and I can’t wait to tell you more! Warning: I’ll be extra chatty for awhile to get you caught up but I’ll soon slow down.
* Charming is code word for old with flaws. This word will be used a lot.