When Tom and I attended the Seattle Home Show a few months ago, our intent was to explore builders for the house we planned to build on Bainbridge Island or in Poulsbo when Tom retires in a few years. By the end of the day, we had talked to so many builders that they were all beginning to blend together and we had walked so much that our feet were aching. The show was about to end for the day and we were ready to head home, no closer to a home on Bainbridge than when we'd arrived.
Having seen an ad on the Home Show program for Suncadia, I'd mentioned that I wanted to quickly take a look at their booth before we headed home. "I think it's a retirement community," I said. "But I still want to take a look."
Because, you know, we weren't about to retire to a retirement community. Those are for old people!
|Suncadia's exhibit at the 2015 Seattle Home Show|
|The Lodge at Suncadia|
We were in awe as we watched at least fifty huge elk peacefully graze right on the lot Nanci was showing us!
Well played, Nanci! Well played.
We walked a few lots that day and as we did, what started as a notion slowly began to formulate as a real possibility. We both felt that we could live here. It felt like home!
We went home intrigued and inspired! Could it be that we'd settle for the rest of our lives in the most unlikely of places for us - a planned resort community? Those words are SO NOT US... but this place, it seems, IS.
A few weekends later, we returned, this time for two days, staying the night at The Lodge at Suncadia, where we had this view outside...
Knowing that we couldn't seriously consider building at Suncadia until we knew whether such an undertaking was even feasible for us, we met with three builders, who showed us some of their houses-in-progress, like this one, which we loved:
And we looked at more lots, of course!
Yesterday, on a gorgeous sunny Spring day, we headed back over the Cascades for a third time in as many months.
This time we went to look at one particular lot. We loved it!
|I think Tom has found his next homestead!|