~ Retired and Starting My Future In The Foothills ~

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by gryeyes, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I am going to go look at real estate in the Sierra Foothills, Amador and El Dorado counties; I have a late Easter Sunday appointment to see at least one property, and possibly two more. They are all foreclosure properties real near the county line between the two counties. All three are just around the 2,000 foot level.

    Retirement is approaching, but is still a few years away. I want to buy something while the prices are amazingly low, set things up for a later relocation, but still live (and rent) here "in town" for a while, yet. My late sister left me her IRA and I can liquidate some of it to realize this plan.

    Y'see, I visited HHandbasket and Farmer Lew in their new digs, and fell in love with the surroundings. As I drove up into the mountains (foothills, really, not way up high), my soul got more and more light and warm and full. At a little cafe, we stopped to look at a Real Estate listing in a window which HHandbasket had determined she was going to show to me. Darn that woman!

    Farmer Lew says he will absolutely NOT uproot the nearly completed coop to move it ANYwhere. That's okay, because this is going to take some time to accomplish. (But the real estate agent has already called the Planning Commission for Amador County to determine there are no restrictions against chickens in the one community where two of the properties are located.)

    So. I could get something with .10 of an acre, .26 of an acre, or .68 of an acre; the largest house is on the smallest lot, the next larger house is on the <*wobbling hand back and forth*> quarter-acre and the smallest house is on the largest piece of land. The 3rd one is also at a slightly higher altitude and would be a longer drive to work.

    One-way drive to work from up there would be "about an hour" and perhaps as much as an hour and 20 minutes. Hence the plan to buy it for retirement years.... stay living/renting here, move some of my inherited furniture (it's the only quality stuff I own), have a "vacation" home for this or that weekend. Until I'm done working for a living.

    It's been suggested I won't wait that long to move to the Foothills and without rent to pay each month, it will offset the gasoline bill for the commute.
    Last edited: May 18, 2012
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    Come to AZ. Less weird Cali laws.

    Join us. jooooin us.
  3. ChooksinChoppers

    ChooksinChoppers Songster

    Mar 24, 2011
    Ocala, Florida.
    Quote:[​IMG] anything but Ca [​IMG]
  4. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    I am not bashing on CA.

    I am a corporate accountant, so any company I work for that does business in CA has to run all their legal stuff by California laws.

    ...lowest common denominator. [​IMG]

    I just want gryeyes to be closer.
  5. TMNTCkins

    TMNTCkins Songster

    Love it in that area. Very very pretty. We are in the foothills but more south of there (Valley Springs outside of Stockton).
    Where in amador county are you looking?
  6. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    Yes, this is all our fault. [​IMG] I will gladly fall on the sword this time around (sorry, Laree LOL).

    We're in Fair Play/Somerset, right in the middle of a bunch of El Dorado County wineries. The views are amazing, and the energy, as Linda said, is uplifting and bright. And my chickens are *really* happy here. I just know that Linda's birds will love it here, too. The places she is looking at are within 10 minutes' drive from us.

    Can't wait to have you in the 'hood, Linda ! LOL!
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair &amp; Feathers

    Well, the foothills called my name and I responded. Today - Easter Sunday - I put an offer on a small house on not-quite-two-thirds of an acre (0.62), in El Dorado county. Elevation 2080 ft.

    Every indication is the offer will be accepted and escrow will close in 30 days. It's a foreclosure. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. The house is set back on the property, with most of the land in terraces in front it.

    I'd made arrangements to meet the real estate agent to see two properties, and had a third one in mind to ask if she would check into it, as well. We wouldn't be able to SEE it today, but I wanted some more information about it.

    On my way up to HHandbasket & Farmer Lew's new digs, I drove by the first property and decided I did not want to live there in that neighborhood. By mileage location, it would have been the closest one to where I work. Didn't matter - not gonna move to that street with those houses hanging off the hillside so close together on a single lane, even IF the house I had been considering was on three parcels. SMALL parcels, I might add - I felt I would need more elbow room. And perhaps purchase a firearm and a great big dog, too.

    So I called the agent and we made arrangements to meet half an hour earlier at the second property. HHandbasket went with me. When we pulled up to the address, she leaned over and said, earnestly, "Linda, if you don't buy this house I'm gonna kick yer butt all the way down the hill!" At the same moment, I blurted, "I want this!" ("Down the hill" means all the way back to Sacramento.)

    This is the Real Estate listing photo of the house.

    This is another Real Estate photo of the house and front yard.

    Here are a few photos I took today of the exterior of the house, the yard, and some "features."
    My car on the circular driveway, directly in front of the covered porch.

    A view down the front porch, the full length of the house.

    Looking down one side of the circular driveway to the road.

    Looking from the other side of the circular driveway toward the house.

    View of the Master Bedroom French doors opening onto the side patio.

    Side patio outside those doors to the Master Bedroom.

    The edge of the patio, showing some of the trees on that side of the house.

    The back yard, showing the back of the house.

    Another view of the back of the house, from the corner. Notice the screens all off the windows...

    Left side of the house (if you were standing in front).

    Another shot of that side of the house, showing the end of the porch and part of the driveway to the road.

    This is the realtor's photo of the left side and front of the house.

    Realtor photo of some of the yard terracing.

    The ....ummmm.... "garage" structure. Also an area of the yard where a coop or three will be placed. (My photo.)

    This is the real estate photo of the "garage."

    All interior photos are compliments of the realtor's website.

    Master Bedroom

    Second Bedroom.

    Second bedroom closet.

    Hallway to the bathroom between the two bedrooms.

    Gas fireplace to one side of the front door.

    Front room.

    Kitchen - fridge is included.

    Full view of the kitchen counter.

    The rest of the photos are those I took.

    Apple tree in bloom in front of the house.

    Small, neglected (empty) Koi pond.

    Scotch Broom in bloom.

    Cedar growing in the front yard.

    More Scotch Broom and some of the rosemary growing in the yard.

    So, what do y'all think? Wouldn't YOU like to live here???? Well, you can't - it's gonna be MINE!
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2011
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Very pretty!!! [​IMG]
  9. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    Wait wait wait... the French doors go to the mud room/laundry area.

    You guys should SEE this house. It just screams "Linda" all over the place, but in a quiet, subdued, mountain community kind of way.

    You shoulda seen Linda's eyebrows raise when she found out the people next door recently lost their whole flock of chickens and need new ones (great way to thin yer flock out and make nice with the new neighbors, ay, Linder??). Chicken neighbors!!! [​IMG]

    Of course, we completely love living up here, and I could not see myself ever, ever having to come back down out of the mountains and live on the valley floor. Let's see if I still feel that way a year from now after treading through snow all next winter. Hehehe. I'm sure I'll be fine!
  10. caspernc

    caspernc Songster

    Oct 15, 2010
    Z town NC
    Kind of like my home. Great because you don't have one BUT if I had to do it all over......Never!. BUT we have nver been unhappy here.
    It maybe falling down around our ears right now but it has been great! Really the floor is falling through! The roof is great right now. LOL.

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