When we skipped away down the yellow brick road during our move a few years ago we weren’t sure when we’d move back to the US again and were even more unsure if it’d be back to Kansas, so we sold our home. We’ve enjoyed our series of rented abodes over the years but recently decided to become property owners again.
Location, Location, Location!
A few years ago we had the opportunity to travel the Isle of Wight to sail in a regatta, and promptly fell in love. One of the highlights of course is one of the Queen’s properties aptly name the Osborne House (we’re still trying to think of an “in” there so if you have any ideas let us know!). The island was full of tasty bakeries, beautiful home decor shops and it even had bunting hanging in the streets – this place was STRAIGHT OUTTA PINTEREST! We’ve been to a few places after that trip but we always the Isle of Wight on our mind.
On one of Robbo’s work trips he texted me with an idea that maybe that should “look at property on the Isle of Wight (read = “hey Bec, I’ve already been looking at property and I need to go put an offer on one”). So a few days later I found myself on a flight to London, then a train, then a ferry and then a bus and then at a two bedroom flat in the town of Newport (which is central to the island. In fact it’s a flat that’s on the front page of the towns website). And our offer on it was accepted. It’s in a old building that used to be a number of things that sound quaint and Britishy and was eventually turned into three flats. It’s connected to the Quay Arts center which supports local artists (oh and has a great cafe). The Isle of Wight (check out the link) is just two hours South of London (by train and ferry) and apparently the Dinosaur capital of England (which I can’t wait to discover what that means).
We close on the property in December and hope to get back over there in the new year to start putting our nautical stamp on it. Then we’ll be open for visits! (but remember you’re always welcome to visit us in Vietnam as well!) Watch this space for progress in the meantime.