Hello friends! Big news!!! I am making a real estate commitment!
I know, I know. I have talked incessantly about moving to New Hampshire (pronounced New Hampstah) for over a year. Yeah. Well…
Plans have changed!
Instead, darling daughter and I will be moving to an island off Portland, Maine!
Thanks to my friends at Zillow, I found the most amazing place to live! Several weeks ago while I was cruising along the Maine coast in the Zillow app on my phone, I found a “for sale” dot in the middle of Casco Bay. Curious, I clicked on the dot. It was a listing for a three bedroom, one and a half bath brick townhouse built in 1850 on Great Diamond Island in Casco Bay!
It turns out the townhouse was once a barracks! At an Army base! Fort McKinley was an Army fort established before the Civil War on Great Diamond Island. The fort was eventually decommissioned after World War II. It was then abandoned for some forty years.
In the late 1980s, a developer stepped in and converted many of the fort’s buildings into private residences. And an inn, restaurant, general store, museum, and art gallery over the years since. Great Diamond Island is two miles from Portland, accessible by ferry, water taxi, or private boat. There is no bridge to the island and no cars on the island! Just golf carts and bicycles!
So this move is a lifestyle choice.
There are no quick trips to the grocery store or spontaneous plans to see a movie. Planning is required. There is a half hour ferry ride to get to the mainland to go to the grocery store or the movie theater! Not much will be quick and convenient or impromptu.
My car is going to become a “dock box”. I won’t be driving around much and the car will be stashed in a parking garage (for a monthly fee). This is a huge change for a woman with 150,000 miles on her five year old car.
On the plus side, there are six beaches on the island! A heated swimming pool! Tennis courts (and a tennis pro)! An indoor basketball court! Candle pin bowling! A game room! A yoga room! A gym! A lending library! Common rooms with wifi! Garden plots for flowers and veggies! Mail delivery! Trash pickup! A shuttle bus that meets the ferry! And even a place to plug in my new golf cart!
Wikipedia says there are seventy-seven year round residents on Great Diamond Island. My real estate agent says it is more like thirty. I am going to be a year round resident. Darling daughter will be with me on school breaks. Yay!
I first visited Diamond Cove several weeks ago to look at the townhouse and tour the island. Last weekend, my brother, Dan, his girlfriend, Nancy, and their black lab, Etta, visited with me. Today, I went with my parents back to the island. Everyone loves it!
This is going to happen!!!