I had a new crazy idea to satiate my home and backyard lust…
A few months ago, that guy I married texted me out of the blue with the idea to buy a piece of land up in the mountains and plop a trailer on it. That way we can go up and basically camp with the dogs, and then AirBnB it when it’s not in use. I decided, “nah, I’d rather drive myself crazy trying to find an affordable home with a yard for the dogs in Los Angeles.” Hahahaha.
Recently I decided to just check out what properties are going for in and around the Lake Arrowhead area…
Turns out, they’re pretty damn affordable! I’m talking 2+ bedrooms on 10k square feet with amazing fireplaces and walls of glass with views of gorgeous wooded lots. Basically the home of my dreams, but… you know… 2+ hours away from where I want my home.
So, along with obsessively looking at properties in Los Angeles, I’ve added “Lake Arrowhead – 1+ beds, <$300K” to my Redfin searches.
I nervously brought up the idea to my parents, expecting them to shoot it down. Because who buy a vacation home when they don’t even have a first home!? I also knew that they had purchased property in Lake Arrowhead a million years ago, and then sold it after a few years. I wondered why. There HAD to be a catch as to why amazing properties are so affordable. Turns out, no catch, no problem. My parents thought the idea was a good one. And, in fact, put me in contact with their realtor who sold them their property years ago.
Well okay, that’s wrong, there are a couple catches…
- That guy I married isn’t sold on the idea. In fact, he’s super freaked out by it.
- You can’t actually build a fence on a lot of the properties, so the dogs would have land, but not safe space in which to play.
- I don’t know if I want to spend ALL my money on a vacation home, when I really really want a local home.
Is there anyone else out there who has purchased a second home because they couldn’t afford a first home?