The story of how I am not buying a cabin.

November 10, 2019


I found the cabin that we tried to find last weekend. Lloyd got the address from a guy who delivers mail there and I contacted a realtor through Zillow. She was very kind and answered my questions and asked if I wanted to look at it on Sunday. I said I wasn’t sure.

On Saturday, Lloyd finished up early at his auction so we decided to just drive by. As it turns out, the people who own it were there doing yard work. (It is not their main home.) They were very kind and showed us around the place.

Now, I have already tried to piece together the layout based on the photos on Zillow, and I was expecting just to wander around an empty cabin and peek in the windows, so I was unprepared to actually be inside and enjoy it. It was a whirlwind for me and I don’t remember enough about the interior, except that I had some of it right.

I like the house. As far as vacation cabins go, it is what you would expect: nothing fancy but cozy and fine. They are even selling it with all the stuff inside. The couple selling it have owned it for 31 years and made some wonderful memories there.

It is a ways back from the river, which was larger than I was expecting. When heavy rains come, it does flood, but never up to the house. There are trees and scrub all around and it would require a little maintenance, which is a downside.

You buy the house and garage, but the land is leased year-to-year, and that is the big drawback. That contract has worked out for 60 years, but there is no guarantee that it would continue.

Plus, I am lazy. I don’t take care of this house, so adding another would be foolish. It’s fun to daydream about, though.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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2 Responses to “The story of how I am not buying a cabin.”

  1. Debbie Said on:

    Right!? Two houses to take care of? I feel lucky to have the one and chase my tail keeping it in shape…… and it could be shapleyer….Neat looking cabin tho. It is fun to dream and look around at other people’s stuff.


  2. Brad Said on:

    I was just talking with someone about how their mom owns several properties. I would never be able to keep up with all of it. Sheesh!

    And the land lease thing is definitely a deal-breaker. When I was condo shopping, there were several properties like that. I don’t understand how someone would even do that anyway. So weird.


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