Indio, California: Day 104 of home cooking. It isn't getting any easier. My brain is nearly depleted of new menu plans. I am predicting popcorn for dinner one night soon. Another tossed salad was prepared this evening and I think I heard the salad bowl yell at me.
The new house was visited this afternoon. Measuring. Measuring. Measuring.
While house-hunting, we had a checklist. Three bedrooms. Office. Large kitchen. Covered/shady patio. Pool/hot tub. Firepit. There are also a few things that most people would not even think about when purchasing a home, things that are unique to the Coachella Valley. The local tribes own a lot of the land, and many homes (especially closer to Palm Springs) are on leased land... meaning you own the house, but not the land. I know, so odd. Any property on leased land was scratched immediately. What if the lease was not renewed? Another thing - again, mostly just in the Palm Springs area - is a garage. So many houses in the Coachella Valley have no garage, or only a carport.
Another few things about homes in the Coachella Valley? It is nearly impossible to find a home without a pool. Most homes have bars, and nearly every bedroom is en-suite. All these things are normal, whether in a new home, or an old home. Probably because a large percentage of homes in this area are vacation homes.
The house we bought had everything on our wish-list except a fire pit... and you know, we can get a fire pit! One glimpse at this pool, and it is easy to figure-out that we had two little swimmers in mind during this purchase.
This house also had a massive kitchen, gas cooktop, two ovens, microwave, dishwasher, large walk-in pantry, and a little desk for your favorite correspondent.
We also wanted a large walk-in closet (our house in Portland had TWO 10x7 closets). The closet in this house isn't so much a closet... more like a bowling lane?
Best thing (besides great pool/spa, huge closet and kitchen)? There isn't an inch of carpet in the entire house. All travertine. Gorgeous.
So that is a quick tour. No photos of the beautiful stacked stone fireplace in the living room because there is a massive television on the wall (not on the fireplace!) that needs to go away before sharing. (Not attractive.)
Until my next update, I remain, your busy correspondent.