We I felt restless. Our five-year, multi-phase renovation of Norlyn Cottage, an adorable 1947 Cape Cod style home in Northern California, was completed. We I was ready for a new challenge. Maybe a change of scenery?
We adored Norlyn Cottage and loved living in our sweet little town. We were close to family and friends, walking distance from incredible restaurants, shopping, theaters, parks, and a hop, skip and a jump from San Francisco and everything the City has to offer. But, there were some drawbacks and less-than-ideal changes happening in our neighborhood.
I left my job several years ago overwhelmed by juggling renovations and a long commute. My husband, who travels constantly for work, began to consider scaling back. The kids in our lives – husband’s son and my nieces – were, with one exception, young adults embarking on exciting lives of their own. We began talking about – GASP – retirement.
We spent way too much time on Zillow.com and many weekends touring open houses. We traveled frequently to Southern California and wandered the charming neighborhoods of Coronado Island while happily ensconced at the Hotel Del. The milder coastal climate was a welcome respite from our increasingly hot, dry summers. And we begin to explore the possibility of Coronado as our Drop Dead House location (more on that later).
The summer of 2014, Coastal Living magazine unveiled their annual show house – in Coronado! It was a perfect combination of California beach house and East Coast flare.
Shortly thereafter, HGTV debuted their 2015 Dream Home, a stunning Cape Cod style home on Martha’s Vineyard. We I fell in love with this timeless, traditional home and entered to win twice daily and pestered my husband to do the same. Sadly, the winner was NOT me.
If the Show House and the Dream Home had a baby, it would be our Drop Dead House. Drop Dead House being our way of describing our forever home, the one where we’d remain until carried out feet first. I, who like to name houses, began to refer to our Drop Dead House as the Coronado Cottage.
While recovering from the
deep depression disappointment of not being the Dream Home winner, an ad in Coastal Living magazine caught my eye. A picturesque coastal community of 100 Cape Cod style homes overlooking Puget Sound looked ideal. I was familiar with the area having spent childhood summers with my grandparents nearby and sailing the San Juan Islands on my aunt and uncle’s boat. I still have family in the area and we planned to visit the following month to celebrate our goddaughters birthdays. My husband got on the phone with the developer and scheduled a tour.
A month later we pulled into a neighborhood dotted with colorful, cedar-shingled homes overlooking the stunning, turquoise waters of the Guemes Channel. Being the cool customers that we are, we left that afternoon having agreed to purchase a lot.
Two years later our moving van pulled into the driveway of our not-quite-finished Drop Dead House and our new life in the Pacific Northwest began.
Much has happened over that two-year period and I’d love to share the highs, the lows and what I learned along the way.
Welcome to my blog and to our Coronado Cottage . . . 1300 miles north of Coronado!