Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I’m dreaming of a house at the beach...

Mother’s Day 2010

Happy Mother’s Day! A few days late, I know, but I’ve just returned from our annual beach adventure. Every Mother’s Day for the last ten years, my Mother, Iz and I have escaped to a small motel located in the heart of Cannon Beach, a quaint town on the northern Oregon coast. This year I mixed things up a bit and reserved a lovely house in Lincoln City. The house is less than a year old and has none of those issues related to an old 1927 house like ours. I could get used to this!

The house is located in a new housing development. The construction company decided to build custom homes here after the economy went sour, so there are just a few new houses in the development and many available lots for sale. Needless to say, the neighborhood was eerie quiet. We arrived late Friday afternoon and stayed until yesterday, and during that time a handful of cars drove by (one of which was a census taker who stopped by). I told him I lived there with my 20 cats and he slipped quietly away. I kept expecting people to arrive at the nearby homes for the weekend, but that never happened.

Here’s a little tour of this fabulous house. I didn’t bring the right lens to get it all in, but you’ll get the idea. After you enter through the front door, there’s a hallway that leads to a laundry room and three bedrooms (each with its own bathroom!) Mine also had its own deck.

A staircase (with 18 stairs) takes you up to the great room...


Mother’s Day 2010

The great room includes a gourmet kitchen...

Mother’s Day 2010

Notice how small my Mom looks in this kitchen? Everything is oversized. The counters were quite high, the sink very deep, and the cupboards out of reach.

Mother’s Day 2010

Check out the concrete counters. They look great, but I’m not ready to have them in my house. If you leave any liquids on them, they stain.

Living room with a gas fireplace and an ocean view...


Mother’s Day 2010

Library...

Mother’s Day 2010

Deck with an ocean view... (or a view of the woods, depending on which direction you look)

Mother’s Day 2010

TV room... name that movie

Mother’s Day 2010

And, of course, another bathroom (that makes a total of four!)

We actually did a little shopping in the nearby town.


Mother’s Day 2010

Mother’s Day 2010

Yum, chocolate!

We found it difficult to spend too much of our precious time hanging out with the crowds when we had the quiet house luring us back.

Mother’s Day 2010

12 comments:

Cathy said...

Oh my, the beach is my favorite place on earth. What fun to stay in a new home and enjoy the modern conveniences. So often we stay in creaky old places with drafts and fireplaces that don't work properly. Oh well...at least we're at the beach and I do love those charming old cottages.

Cindy said...

Cathy, there is something very charming about those charming old cottages, but since I live in an old house full time, it's nice to escape it. Sometimes I like to pretend the nearby freeway is the ocean.

I think I could live happily at the beach, but whenever I share this thought with my husband, he brings up earthquakes, unstable land, damaging salt air. Still those calming walks on the sand call my name!

KJ's Restart Button said...

Oh my, I stay at lincoln city all the time. I would love to rent that house. Just found your blog and your photos are beautiful.
Konnie

Sharon said...

What a beautiful place to stay! New construction looks more appealing to me now. Guess you just get tired of upkeep after a while.

Cindy said...

Hi Konnie, Thanks for visiting and your compliment! Here's a link to the Lincoln City vacation rental houses. My husband and I have taken many of the photos you see on this site: http://www.seahavenrentals.com/
Warning: these houses will spoil you for any other beach houses.

Cindy said...

Sharon, I never thought I would be attracted to new construction either, but it's looking better every day. So many projects waiting to be done around here!

Lisa said...

That looks like an amazing beach break! Sometimes I think I want a house at the beach but, really, I am perfectly happy renting other people's houses and exploring something new whenever I go. Thanks for sharing.

Cindy said...

Hi Lisa, I'm with you on that one. Maintaining a beach house is challenging with all that salty sea air doing a number on it. If we owned a beach house, it would take away the vacation part.

fairfieldhousenj.com said...

Cindy,
This is my first visit to your lovely blog via Jayme the Coop Keepers blog roll and I will be returning!
What a wonderful Mothers Day Weekend tradition!
Deborah

Cindy said...

Welcome Deborah! Glad you stopped by. You have quite the lovely blog yourself! I'll be going back to read it more thoroughly tonight.

Susan said...

Oh man, if I ever win the Mega-Millions, I'm buying that house!!! Or maybe the whole subdivision and move my family into all the houses! I was actually salivating at the thought of cooking in that kitchen...it's gorgeous!

And of course, the one who pays always gets the best room! ;-}

Cindy said...

Susan, you don't even need mega millions to buy one of these houses, but you'd have to give up having land, they're all on small lots. I did enjoy the kitchen once I got used to the expanse of it. The owner had every gadget imaginable in those large "soft close" drawers.