If you follow me on Facebook, you know I’m in the midst of negotiating a rental in Florida. It offers nearly everything I am looking for: two bedrooms, quiet, on the water. Everyone in Florida lives on water, or so it seems.
My friend, R, sent me a picture of a “for sale” sign he saw and I called the owner, who seemed amenable to me and Suki. It seems he has four properties in the area, and he does not want to sell this unit because he’d lose money in this market. It’s a long-term rental, which is exactly what I’m looking for. Packing and moving is such a pain in the butt. I’ve done it three times in the last three years, and this will be #4. Ugh.
The owner says there are lots of birds in the area; his wife encouraged their presence. It’s a condo, so there is only so much one can do given their bylaws, but there is a lanai (look it up) overlooking the canal and a private courtyard (where I can do container gardening, etc.). And because it is a condo, they do all the maintenance. I sit, write, edit, drink, and enjoy the views. 🙂
Is it perfect? No, but few places are, and Florida also has a rep for being one of the crazy states. There’s no equality there, which makes me sad. Their politicians are mostly GOP fruitcakes except for Grayson. On the plus side, there is no state income tax. 🙂
Prices in Florida are still depressed thanks to the 2008 housing bubble crash. It hasn’t recovered yet, and that is to my benefit. There are lots of low-priced properties available. And renting this, if I’m lucky, will give me a breathing space to look around, study the area, and decide where I want to buy if/when I’m ready.
As I type this, I’m very excited about living there, but I’m also a realist and know there’s a chance I may not get the place. Perhaps someone will come along who sounds more attractive as a tenant. I’m looking long distance from MN, which may put off some owners. I can only do my best, be who I am, and keep my fingers crossed.
On the other hand, he may send photos that dissuade me from wanting it. He may make demands I’m unwilling to fulfill. This is part of the game, and while it sometimes makes me crazy, it’s also part of the fun.
One way or another, I will be in Florida come September or October, latest. No way will I go through another shit winter. This last one nearly killed me. Not literally, but you know what I mean. 🙂
As I type this, another “polar vortex” is about to descend on the region. Temps are expected to be 20-30 degrees below normal. It may be worse in areas east of me. They have my deepest sympathy.
I’m doing the best I can to get the hell out of here. Minnesota is a beautiful state, and I’ve learned to love St Paul. There is equality here, it’s traditionally Democrat, and wages and jobs are good, but their long cold winters are a huge detraction. Like bears, people hibernate for half the year. You know how much I love being outdoors. That’s just too high a price to pay for all the rest.
Can I afford this? Yeah… barely. But I’ll make it work, because when you’re following a dream and working toward a goal, you will do anything to make it happen. “Leap and the net will appear.” <–That has been my mantra for many years, and it has never let me down.
Thursday, 3/19, was wonderful. Sunny and warm, with a breeze from the south for a change. Even though there was plenty of snow on the ground, I went out without a jacket. Suki and I took a walk after lunch. The birds were chirping, the squirrels were playing. I took photos and got these shots.
This weekend, temps plummet once again, sending us back below freezing. I am not looking forward to it.
I am looking forward to my move to Florida. 🙂