I've done it. After more than a week of agonizing over just the right words and photos, I finished the sale flyer for my house, its attached guest cottage and Richard's historic studio.
I printed out the first copies and distributed them around town. I gave them to friends who will pass the word around, and posted them on bulletin boards in key places. Next comes the email campaign. I'll send them to out to my extensive list, starting here in the Upper Arkansas River Valley and rippling out across the country, spreading the word.
Why would I sell this beautiful house/guest cottage/historic studio complex on an unusually large city parcel--nearly three-quarters of an acre, a place with a spectacular view of the mountains, a place that's walking distance from the Arkansas River and Salida's lively historic downtown? A place I've put sweat, time and a good bit of cash into finishing (and I'm close to being done)?
Richard and I imagined this once-neglected property as our "last home." He lovingly restored the crumbling old studio and then helped design and build the house and guest cottage, applying his gorgeous terraphilic sensibility to bringing the earth inside with sinks carved from local rocks, sandstone shelves sprouting like outcrops from the walls, and many other custom details. It was perfect for us.
Until "us" ended with his death from brain cancer in November of 2011. Now it's just me. I don't need the 4,100+ square feet of finished space that comprises this creative complex. And while I've loved the challenge of reviving what once was a rundown industrial half-block anchored by a neglected brick millwork building, the property shines now. It's time to let it inspire someone else.
As I said in my email transmitting the sale flyer:
As part of right-sizing to fit my new solo life, I am putting this whole "creative complex" up for sale, including my beautiful custom-designed and built house with its attached guest cottage, and Richard's renovated studio. (I'm not moving far--I'm building a tiny house at the other end of the block.) I'm eager to find just the right someone(s) who will love and be nurtured by this extraordinary property with its incredible views and inspiring spaces!
So please help me spread the word: Feel free to re-post this and send the link for the sale flyer to anyone you think might be interested.
I've even planted the organic kitchen garden. Whoever buys the place will get eight varieties of heritage tomatoes, ready to pick, plus strawberries, asparagus, sugar-snap peas, scarlet runner beans, mesclun lettuces and herbs and more.... Yum!
I'm ready to move on. This beautiful place, bursting with wildflowers in summer and love and light year-round is ready to embrace its new people. Thanks for helping me find them, whoever they may be.