Finding 'the Place Just Right'


| 4/17/2015 8:26:00 AM


Tags: Homesteading, Country Life, Southwest Virginia, Lifestyle Changes, Jennifer Quinn,

Jennifer QuinnBack in 2010 I had been searching online for a suitable place and found one that really intrigued me. It featured an unpretentious single-wide trailer in a small clearing, lit up by the midday sun, with steep slopes behind. A small stream ran along the road, shaded by a few trees.

On my next trip to the area I drove by and found the road to be a one-lane gravel affair, full of hills and valleys, and the property to be just the kind of rustic setting I had imagined. I contacted the realtor and had her show me the house.

I mentioned that I wanted to have plenty of room for gardening, and the realtor was skeptical. “There’s not much sunlight,” she said. “Maybe you could put a garden over there by the road.” Still, I was blinded by love. I decided on my next trip I’d take a second look and probably make an offer. Before leaving I checked to make sure the place was still listed. To my dismay, it was under contract!

After I was sure the property had sold I did something I knew seemed kind of foolish – I wrote a note to the new owners saying I had been interested in the property, and if they decided to move, to let me know – I might still be interested. I realized that logically this didn’t make much sense, but I had to know what kind of person (or people) had bought this place, and why.

After a while I received a very nice e-mail from the new owner – a widow somewhat older than me – telling me a little bit about herself and why she had bought the place. She said she really liked it there, but to keep in touch because “one never knows.” From the little I gleaned from her email I had the feeling we’d hit it off somehow. So on my next visit I asked if she’d mind my stopping by to meet her, and she said that would be fine.

When I arrived she showed me all around the place and told me about the improvements she had made and problems she had to fix. She was friendly, but she also studied me with a quizzical expression and questioned me rather pointedly as to why I would want to live in such a place, never having lived in the country before. We ended up talking for almost an hour, and discovered we had quite a bit in common.

jim
4/19/2015 7:00:00 AM

Jennifer, It sounds as if you are well on your way to being the 'country girl' you want to be. I have one acre here and am looking at just empty farm land close that I can maybe lease to expand my dreams just a bit. Good luck with your endeavors young lady! Jim jwbgso@aol.com





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