Catching Up With Florida and Family, Day 2, Part 1

Our agent sent us to one property to check out before we met at the main property she thought we’d love. While the location was awesome (walk to the beach), the community was a bit undesirable (halfway between the train tracks and a trailer park).

As hard as it was to decide against the vicinity of the beach, we didn’t think sitting out on our lanai with a view of somebody’s single-wide trailer was what we were looking for. We admit it, we’ve had spectacular views in our previous Florida homes and that was definitely something we were looking for. Especially after living in the desert for so many years.

We met up with our agent, and we loved this new community at first glance so we toured the model and then the salesman took us to a couple of other homes partially built since it was a larger floorplan – our largest yet. Funny, we were so sure we were into downsizing until we actually did it in the last Vegas house. It was way too small, especially now that Rich is working remotely full-time, something we didn’t know was coming when we went under contract for our current Vegas house pre-Covid. The Pandemic changed a lot of things, and some of them quite good.

We decided to go for it so we went back to the office to sign a contract for a house on a golf course view lot – yes! Something we’ve wanted for a long, long time. Single story, community pool, things we’ve never been able to get in Las Vegas.

It’s a bit surreal building another house in Florida when it seems like yesterday when we were building the last one. But as Lord Grantham said on Downton Abbey, “I’ve been through a war and a murder trial” since then. Doesn’t it seem just so…



Catching Up With Florida and Family, Day 1

We finally used our Southwest flight to Orlando to catch up with Rich’s brother and Central Florida. We’d booked and unbooked this trip numerous times since October, but now was the time to go.

We left Las Vegas at 7 am PST and arrived in Orlando at around 2 pm EST. We picked up our rental car and headed for our Residence Inn hotel at Disney’s Flamingo Crossings. Btw, it was the best Residence Inn we’ve ever stayed in. New, contemporary, corner 1-bedroom with separate stand-up shower, kitchen, living room with sitting area, close to the Disney fun. etc.

After flying all day, we were hungry so we found an “On the Border” nearby to kick off the trip with a couple of Margaritas and some food. Yum! I had Carne Asada tacos and Rich some kind of Barbeque Fajitas.

Rich’s brother texted us to say he’d arrived, having driven down from Tennessee. He was staying nearby with some friends and was going to spend the evening catching up with them. We were tired so we stayed in for the evening, with an early appointment with our real estate agent to tour some new builds the next day.

We’d done our homework and knew the real estate market was, is red hot, but so is the Vegas market. And after the worst of the Pandemic, it was time to return to Florida.