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Old 05-24-2018, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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12' - 14' aluminum boat....just pull it unto the land. No storage problems at all. Or even a dinghy with a motor. This is so easy and can be solved starting at $1000 plus. You just need a boat for unforeseen emergencies like medical or whatever.

Really old homes can be so charming but can be a large money pit. This got me to thinking about Nova Scotia. I do not like the mega trends of modern civilization. At 59, retirement looms and I like peace, quiet, and nature x 10.

Many of this threads posters are really out of line....sounding like a busy body relative that thinks they know what is best for everybody. I see many listed negatives as huge positives.
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Old 05-24-2018, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Mendocino, CA
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Warning - people who worry about bragging needs to stop reading this thread. It's only gonna get worse.

There are at least three properties being sold that have an island plus a lot on the mainland. In two cases the mainland lot has a dock. People set that up because that arrangement obviously offer convenient access. This gave me an idea: Why not buy a house on the mainland side, even better if oceanfront, close to the island property? So I started to look at houses on the mainland side too. And as my earlier example shows, this can be very affordable in that part of the world.

Many houses are relatively cheap there. Some houses are old, probably unfit for living in, but my goal is not to live in there but to store the small boat and to access the island. So what looks like junk to some, is acceptable to me.

My concerns are these:

1. If the mainland house becomes too run-down, repair will be inevitable and that's a hassle and cost.

2. Vandals/theft/squatters. Will have to look into property crime rates in the neighborhoods and any squatter laws in Canada. (anyone knows?)
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Old 05-24-2018, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Mendocino, CA
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12' - 14' aluminum boat....just pull it unto the land. No storage problems at all. Or even a dinghy with a motor. This is so easy and can be solved starting at $1000 plus. You just need a boat for unforeseen emergencies like medical or whatever.

Really old homes can be so charming but can be a large money pit. This got me to thinking about Nova Scotia. I do not like the mega trends of modern civilization. At 59, retirement looms and I like peace, quiet, and nature x 10.

Many of this threads posters are really out of line....sounding like a busy body relative that thinks they know what is best for everybody. I see many listed negatives as huge positives.
I'm glad this gives you some ideas. Everyone enjoys nature but wilderness is an acquired taste. Only we know how good this can be.

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Old 05-24-2018, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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Did I post details of my target property?
I'm not the typical CD housing stalker who deduces details, but yours was pretty clear. and intriguing to see what interested you.
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Old 05-24-2018, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Mendocino, CA
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I'm not the typical CD housing stalker who deduces details, but yours was pretty clear. and intriguing to see what interested you.
There are actually a few options that I am still weighing, thus even I don't know what the final selection will be. I am part tempted part weary about posting the options here for opinions.

And yes all have docks around; some are closer by but I don't know if they are private or what. Access is part of my research.
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Old 05-24-2018, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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Curious about crime, please let us know. I'm guessing it is pretty low for several reasons.
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:07 PM
 
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A house with acreage and a gate is just like living on an island....... but without the logistical nightmares.

I used to visit a camp on an island. Once you got there it was nice, just annoying to do any kind of food shopping, propane, gas, etc. pack it on the boat, haul it up, etc. Bad weather was always an issue to get back to the mainland. Many times you had to wait out the storm.
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Old 05-25-2018, 02:56 AM
 
Location: Mendocino, CA
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A house with acreage and a gate is just like living on an island....... but without the logistical nightmares.

I used to visit a camp on an island. Once you got there it was nice, just annoying to do any kind of food shopping, propane, gas, etc. pack it on the boat, haul it up, etc. Bad weather was always an issue to get back to the mainland. Many times you had to wait out the storm.
I have one of those set up. It just got broken into and all valuables and non-valuables taken, including half consumed cooking oil and old clothing . Some people...

An island is needed for the true escape.

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Old 05-25-2018, 03:27 AM
 
Location: Mendocino, CA
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A house with acreage and a gate is just like living on an island....... but without the logistical nightmares.

I used to visit a camp on an island. Once you got there it was nice, just annoying to do any kind of food shopping, propane, gas, etc. pack it on the boat, haul it up, etc. Bad weather was always an issue to get back to the mainland. Many times you had to wait out the storm.
Yes you are right on the hassles. The flip side is, you can have your undisturbed paradise. Question for each person is whether it's worth the hassle.
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Old 05-25-2018, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Atlantis.
I want Atlantis...
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