Left: 88 Waltham St. #3 . South End – note the brick wall – recessed back from the fire place. A perfect spot for closets. I’d build them in – encasing the non-working fire place, hiding storage above, and building in bedside table nooks on either side of the head board. A la , La Belle Julliette Hotel . Paris.
Living out of a suitcase is nothing new to me. Between most property flips, I’m stowing away my belongs, and living with whatever I can fit into 2 or 3 suitcases. That is hard to do. Even if you travel light as I do, it always seems as if the seasons change and I’m left without a winter coat, or my spring wardrobe. Ugh. Thank God for Jo-Jo’s closet where I “shop” until I’m settled into my next home. Jo-Jo has a closet full of clothes that still have the tags on them. She allows me to borrow and return. She’s a big heart with exquisite taste.
As I consider how little time I am spending in my home these days – work – work – work – clients, friends, appointments, weekends on the Cape (year round), I think I could do with a lot less than I am currently making do with. That is to say….space.
I’ve looked at couple tiny beauties. Bid on both, lost both, but the allure of having a 300 – 400SF space, and converting it into a luxury hotel room for the likes of little old me, well it’s kinda cool. They don’t come on the market every day, and they have a lot of competition – investors looking for a long-term hold, and a stable return, first time home-owners that want a toe in the market, and can actually afford a shoebox sized home, and people like me. Living and working in the city, away on weekends – being home less makes this type of property a really great investment for me, and one that , dare I say, I would likely keep.
Don’t go getting crazy with protestations about not meeting my long-term goal of 10 properties. I’ll keep at it, and this will make the process a little less sawdusty. I think I’ve earned it. But I’ll need all your positive energy to help me find the next one. On that most hallowed of days I will close, and turn right around and flee the country to recuperate from the trauma of it all. Buying and selling can be very stressful. I’ll need four days of yogic breathing to recover. They are tossing in art afternoons to kick-start my creativity. It will be the perfect introduction into living more simply that will simply have to take me over the hurdles that are placed in my way on the hunt for No. 5.