My life is beginning to feel like a Green Acres sitcom. About 6 months ago, we were thinking of buying another condo in Mammoth to take Grandkids skiing. While looking for properties, my husband came upon a couple of commercial properties in Lone Pine which is about 2 hours south of Mammoth. We went up to look at them and they turned out to be dogs. However while we were driving out of town, we saw a For Sale sign on an empty lot next to McDonalds in Lone Pine that had a fantastic view of Mt. Whitney which is the highest peak in the lower 48 states. It was relatively inexpensive so we bought it with the no idea what we would do with it. At the same time, my husband told the Real Estate agent who was working with us that if other commercial property came available, please call us. About a week later, she calls and says that the owner of the building her office is in came in and wants to sell the whole building which includes 3 commercial spaces and 9 residential units and if we want it, we can avoid the listing fees. We jumped at the offer and became landlords in Lone Pine. Fortunately, we had a good friend who wanted to relocate to a place like Lone Pine and he said he would move up there and manage our properties. About a month later, we heard about another commercial property that might be coming on the market and we talked to the owner and persuaded him not to list it with a broker to save the listing fees and we bought it.
We didn’t have a clue what we were going to do with this building or the lot yet but we soon realized that we would be spending more time in Lone Pine while we were figuring it out and started to look for a place to live in so we wouldn’t have to rent Motel rooms every time we went up there. We also needed a place for our two dogs to roam. My husband heard through the grapevine that there was a unique property for sale that included a two bedroom house on an acre of land and it was for sale by owner. He looked at it and called me and told me about it and I went up the next weekend to see it and fell in love with it as much as he did. We offered the owners full price and closed escrow on it last month. The house sits on an acre of land that is surrounded by a private cattle ranch and there isn’t anything else around. Everywhere you look from the windows of the house is a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. We wake up every morning to the mooing of cows and about 40 of them congregating along our fence for shade.
If this environment isn’t inspirational, I don’t know what is. The only thing is, I am considering giving up eating beef and maybe becoming a vegetarian altogether. I just can’t fathom looking at these beautiful animals and eating them. I haven’t given up meat entirely but my desire for beef has definitely waned. In the meantime, my husband and I are considering building a Texas BBQ on the empty lot we bought. I know that sounds contrary to my recent meatless contemplations but just because I don’t want to eat meat doesn’t mean I can’t cook it and serve it to others. So I will keep you posted on the progress of my new BBQ cooking journey.