Thursday, July 16, 2009

Message in a bottle....

Like a lot of Realtors throughout the U.S. I actually LOVE Real Estate. I love almost everything about it. I love looking at homes, hearing stories about unique homes, renovating homes, you name it!

Over the 4th of July I had the opportunity to travel to Maine with some friends. I had actually never been before and the thought of seeing new places excites me more than anything. What makes this even more exciting was that the home we stayed in was RIGHT ON THE BEACH! This was the picture perfect weekend with fog rolling onto the coast, below normal 4th of July temps, several lighthouses within view of the back porch, and a small town with an ice cream shop within walking distance....PERFECT.

This house was such a perfect setting and I was not the first one to think that. This house was THE house where the movie "Message in a Bottle" was filmed. It was the same house that Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn, and the late Paul Newman had spent weeks in. The house was perfect for a vacation...very rural. For the first time ever on vacation I had no cell phone service (Thanks to Sprint), no internet, and no tv. Waking up in the morning and drinking coffee on the back porch and watching the waves come in was all the entertainment I needed.

Now, to give a brief history of the house (from an investor/Real Estate perspective). Before the home was purchased by the current owner there was another row of homes right in front. These homes at the time had all the views of the ocean...until a Hurricane came through and destroyed the first row, leaving the second row of homes with unobstructed views of the ocean. This is the way it remains today. The house was purchased in the 1960's by the current owner for a whopping $5,000!! It has NEVER been rented out and is worth closer to $1,000,000 in the current market! What an investment!

Stephen Strickhausen
Keller Williams Realty
9175 Carothers Pky Suite 110

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