As of about 3pm Monday we were all together again–me, Emmi and the Cowboy. We signed paperwork for selling the North Ranch house last Tuesday and Michael left on Wednesday with a final truck/trailer load of stuff headed for Pearce. Emmi and I stayed in the North Ranch house until early Friday morning when the new owners took possession of the North Ranch house. The two of us then moved into Geri and Larry’s RV for the weekend so I could spend more time with friends Jane and Rich.
Leaving North Ranch was painful last night and this morning–we will miss our family of friends so incredibly much.
The Cowboy and I have been looking at property for several months–we made an offer on an 108 acre place off Gleeson Road between Tombstone and Elfrida. This property had an unfinished huge home. The outside of the house was finished–closed in but the interior was only stud walls. The property had a working well but no power–we would have had to have power brought in from about one half mile away. We went as far as due diligence with this property before changing our minds. The Cowboy had concerns with some structural issues and I had concerns with how far it was to the grocery store! Plus access to the home was 2.5 miles of sand/gravel road which could become impassible.
The Cowboy spent hours and hours and hours searching the internet for properties. In late January he had found several properties in the Elfrida/Pearce area, arranging to see these properties with a local realtor–Pam Sproul. After two days of viewing properties we went back to Pam’s office and made an offer on a house/land we can see from the place we eventually purchased. That offer wasn’t accepted.
Back at North Ranch, the Cowboy started searching again. For some reason I started searching too and it’s actually my fault we ended up buying what I have jokingly referred to as “the dump.” We bought this place sight unseen–three acres with a well, power and septic. A house and guest house built in the early 1970’s with major damage from leaking roofs. The property according to neighbors has been vacant for 10 years. The asking price was so little as to make us comfortable buying it sight unseen. Plus Pam Sproul thought the place had potential!
The property sits in the valley between the Dragoon Mountains and the Chiricahua Mountains near the communities of Pearce and Sunsites. The views are incredible and the property comes with lots of peace and quiet. Plus a whole lot of work.
There is a well but it needs a new pump, new pipe, new pressure tank and a well driller who has time to provide all this stuff–he’s been here once and we are hoping he comes back soon!The main house living room–minor ceiling damage, nasty carpet.
Not sure what this room was used for but to say it has major water damage is an understatement!
Main house kitchen which will be relocated.
Main house bathroom–needless to say the flooring, sink and that green bathtub are leaving!
So–that’s a sneak peek at our major project. We are excited and looking forward to getting started. The motorhome is serving as our dwelling and the cargo trailer provides some storage. There are rooms in the guest house which are also usable for storage. Let the work begin!
We are both so gratified at the response and encouragement we received for the new blog–thank you all so much!!