Friday, October 10, 2008

Our Weekend in the Adirondacks Part 3

(Part 1 here, Part 2 here)
...So we took to the road.  After time, we pulled off the main road onto a small gravel road.  After a bit we stopped and parked.  DH and I hop out of the truck, and MIL and her friend are looking at us in puzzlement.
DH announces, "Welcome to our investment!"

It's been our dream to own a piece of property for a long time, for investment, but somewhere we could "get away" to.  Our search led us to the Adirondacks, and we found this little gem.  It's only a little piece of property, but big enough for us to build a small seasonal house/cabin/cottage.  It's in an association with some other homes.  But the best part is this little lot is only about 500 ft away from this, the shared beach:

We'd been waiting to show my MIL before we told anyone else (my Dad already knew because he gave us financial advice).  It's been killing me keeping this exciting news inside!!!  :-)  We actually bought the property in August.
I can hardly believe we are so fortunate to be able to have this.  We have a bottle of champagne in the fridge we've been meaning to "pop" to celebrate, but we still haven't had it - it still doesn't seem real!

So the next step is DH has to figure out how much we can afford to spend to build a little place, then we have to find a builder and pick out a plan.  We need to move fairly quickly because there is already a building permit approved for a structure on the property and we want to break ground before that expires.  It's apparently not the easiest thing to get building permits because of the APA (Adirondack Park Agency) restrictions.

We have looked at some small house plans and were thinking of maybe something like this?  Just a thought so far...

So anyway, MIL was very happy for us and congratulated us, and after showing her and her friend the beach and the docks, we all left to come home.
Now it wouldn't be like us to just be boring and drive straight home - so we stopped a few times along the way and found 9 geocaches on the way home!  Woo hoo, it was a red-letter day!  Got home relatively early for us (9pm) and unloaded all our treasures, and collapsed into bed in the afterglow of a really awesome weekend.
So that, my friends who have persevered through all three parts of this saga, this concludes all the news that's fit to print from our weekend.  :-)  THANK YOU for reading!

The end!  :-D


  1. Hey, congratulations on the land! It's been a dream of ours, too. Maybe one day we'll realize it, but I'm not hopeful.

  2. Congratulations! It's beautiful! All that's missing is a fireplace for those chilly Adirondack evenings!

  3. Wow, congratulations!! The site looks just beautiful!

    Are you going to build it yourselves, or hire out?

  4. Congratulations! That is so exciting. The sample house link you included is so cute too. This is probably a good time to find a builder. I think builders are slow right now. Is that the same beach as in the photo from a few days ago? I hope you and your family have millions of happy experiences there.

  5. That is so exciting! Congratulations! It looks like an absolutely beautiful area.

  6. Congrats on the property - that sounds really exciting!

  7. Congrats!!!! I miss the Adirondacks! We lived in both Lake Placid and Saranac Lake (and then Ellenville) when I was little. I not only love NY but I MISS NY!

    Thanks for sharing all your gorgeous photos!

  8. How EXCITING! That beach is so pretty. I don't know what I would do if I did not live on or near the water, I am just more "me" near a calm reflective watery surface.
    Your house plans look so dang cute. I cannot wait to hear more.

  9. Congratulations! It sounds like so much fun...

  10. Awesome posts! Great photos! I wanna go!!!

    Our dream is to have a lake property at some point. I grew up on a lake, and hope to someday live there again.

  11. Congratulations! What an unbelieveably beautiful place to spend a weekend. Congratulations on your dream come true!

    I think the plan is adorable too!

  12. Congrats!
    The place is marvelous..very calming.
    Have a nice day :]

  13. I enjoyed your pictures! Thanks for sharing.

    We just have awarded you the "Coolest Blog Award." Here is the link to it:
    Have a great week!

  14. Susan: Always keep the hope, you never know how things might turn your way someday! We never thought we'd get Adirondack waterfront, but because of the sluggish real estate market, we were able to get something really wonderful. You never know!

    Krissy: THANK YOU (and THANK YOU to everyone) for your congrats! :-)

    Rebecca: Thank you!! No, we are hiring a builder, not doing it ourselves. DH is very handy, but we have an unfinished bonus room he's been working on for SIX YEARS. If he's not motivated to finish a project just feet away from where we live, I have no hope for him finishing a cabin hours away in the Adirondacks in any kind of timely fashion. :-(

    Anne: Thank you for your wishes of millions of happy memories and yes, you are very astute! The Wordless Wednesday from last week WAS of our new place - very good! :-) You get a gold star!

    Lynne, Rose Works Jewelry, Glitzen, Leanne, Tracy, Binders, Twinks : Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH for being happy for us!!!

    Empty Envelope: Oh, then you know how beautiful the Adirondacks are since you lived there! Please come back and visit often, I hope to have lots more pics of the ADKs to share! :-D

    Thanks again everyone, in sharing my happiness!

  15. Congratulations. . . We used to spend summers in the 1960s in Lake George and Saranac Lake. . . my child loves the train museum in North Creek. What a beautiful part of the world in which to have a 2nd home.

  16. What a gorgeous piece of heaven. Most people don't realize how magnificent New York Stae is. You are blessed!

  17. Congraulations. I am otherwise speechless.


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