i’m having so much fun with my daily redfin listings. there are plenty of little cottages up and down the state, but there aren’t many places i’d consider living. i’ve got special climate/ocean/dark sky/traffic requirements.
this little red cottage is from the ’30’s and is 720 sq. feet. it comes furnished!
i don’t know much about guerneville except that it’s in the redwoods, used to be a former logging town, is in the russian river valley between santa rosa and jenner, and is known for its free-spirited vibe. it’s maybe 30 minutes or so to the sonoma coast. i’ve stopped for chow here before on the way to and from timber cove.
it gets about 52 inches of rain a year (!) and has a history of flooding. uh oh.
this teeny tiny place is 672 sq. feet on a 714 sq. ft. lot. that’s a whopping $811/sq. foot, friends!
it’s in northern marin county an hour north of san francisco and this is the cheapest house in the area. it’s only bathroom is up a steep flight of stairs. wouldn’t work for me, but it’s darling dontcha think?
i’ve never been to dillon beach, but maybe i’ll get there someday.
this is the least expensive of all the houses. $201 buckeroos a square foot. it’s 1415 sq feet on a 5227 sq foot lot. i never imagined myself living in a victorian, but this one feels clean, spacious, and very bright. love all the windows! i also like the fact that it’s all on one level and has a mother-in-law unit in the back yard. with the inexpensive price i could get that unit fixed up and turn it into a rental. a small bit of income would be v. fabulous! and when i’m 90 my full-time nanny could live there for free.
of course it is WAY up north in eureka, but after my visit to that foggy coast something like this is very appealing. it’s actually my favorite of the lot.
eureka has 27,000 homo sapiens living within it’s city limits which makes it the largest of all the communities so far, which means more amenities & conveniences i might need in retirement years.
forestville is another community in the russian river valley. it’s been a summer destination for bohemians, writers, artists, since the early 1900’s.
love the open feeling, windows, and all the green around this place. cool ceilings too!
this one is 1480 sq. feet on a 6969 sq. foot lot. well over twice the size of moss cottage. it has an attached “granny studio”.
i love the fact that it’s been updated. it was born the same year as me – 1963
not sure if i could live in this tiny of a town (pop. 3293) might feel a bit too rural to me. even though i long to escape city life i like having neighbors i see on a regular basis. i could certainly enjoy an extended getaway in a place like this though!
i’m going to be doing the retirement dance for quite a while. it could get like a broken record around here. i’ll keep sharing little places that stand out in the crowd. it’s nice to have a place to post all of my thoughts, dreams, and worries about this process. and of course i appreciate hearing about your searches too. do keep me posted on that one wild precious life of yours.
in other news, the durrells of corfu has begun it’s second season on masterpiece and i am thrilled! it’s charming, scenic, rich & wonderful.
i the world of audio books, i am still making my way through rosmunde pilcher’s coming home. i don’t like it as much as the shellseekers, winter solstice, or september, but i’m still enjoying it a great deal. gentle stories for turbulent times.
and…the wild trees is unputdownable. here is why: