Saturday, April 22, 2006

Spring in Saint Paul

It was a beautiful day for a walk around the neighborhood -- and clearly my garden isn't the only place where spring has arrived.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Should these dreams become reality?

Sometimes when I travel I come across a place that makes me wonder what it would be like to step out of my life and start a new life there.

Last spring, we made a brief stop at a place called the Big Sur Bakery. It was in a lovely, scenic area just inland from the coast. The bakery was a warm and welcoming spot and next door were a funky nursery, gift shop, and sculpture gallery. It seems like this would be a good place to live and work. I think I can see myself here, doing this. . . but soon we were back in the car and on the way to Monterey.

Browsing on the web recently, I came across the following real estate listing:

Commercial Property
Loma Vista

Property Description:
Loma Vista
was built in 1937 by Alice and Steve Jaeger as the first filling station and diner on the newly constructed Carmel-San Simeon Highway.

Alice was one of the Post family grand-daughters and Loma Vista was their home. It became a spot where local people could sit and talk, have a beer and a sandwich. Because there was virtually no communication between homes in those days, people gathered together to exchange gossip, news, and weather information.

Alice and Steve's place was a convenient and welcoming spot for doing just that. They also began growing prize winning begonias. They planted many unusual types of cacti which are still flourishing here today.

One of ten commercial properties on the whole 90 miles of Big Sur coastline. Businesses located at Loma Vista include:
  • Big Sur Shell service station and mini-mart.
  • Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant.
  • Big Sur Garden & Nursery.
  • Garden Gallery Gift Shop.
  • Surenity Bodywork and Healing Center.
  • John Saar Property Big Sur Office.
So there it is. For the right price, I could own the bakery, garden and gift shops, and other businesses.

I keep thinking about it.