What we hoped would work out did work out.
In a nutshell: when we bought the lot on the coast in 2004 (where our house is going now), we had a nice view of the ocean as there was an empty lot across the street (on a very steep incline) with a few trees but no big deal. Well, you can imagine what happens over 14 years. The trees are bigger and the view is blocked. And the lot is still empty.
The owners of the lot have tried to sell it a couple of times, but it was priced quite high and there were no takers (plus, steep incline--it would be really difficult to build, although it can be done). We even reached out to them once when the lot was not on the market, and they didn't return the agent's call. It has probably been on and off the market two or three times--most recently this past spring. The for sale sign came down at the start of the summer.
When we were there on Saturday, I noticed the for sale sign lying on the ground at the front of the property (before, it had been stuck in a bucket with sand or something). So Sunday morning I checked the website for the realtors and there it was---at a pretty big price reduction. I called the broker, we put in an offer, we filled out the paperwork, the owners countered yesterday morning, and we agreed to their counter offer so we have the lot! I wire transferred the earnest money over at lunchtime yesterday so we're on our way.
We are feeling so very lucky that we got this (and I'm waiting for a shoe to fall because it was too easy, except when you think we've been thinking about getting this lot for a while). And the lot probably has little value to anyone except us. So yay! The view is going to knock your socks off, once we get the trees down!
In other news:
-the travelling socks are finished (so called because I knit on these in the car to the coast).
-I'm reading "The Bankers Wife" which is a mystery/thriller that is so far, so good and THE AUTHORS MOCKS BOOKS WITH UNRELIABLE NARRATORS so that's fun. I put the Adam Dalgleish on hold for a bit--the writing is beautiful but it is heavy.
-We watched an episode of "Collateral" on Netflix and it is a good British mystery series.
-I ordered the carrot cake cupcakes for Calypso's party. I have things to get on Friday but I'm just about set for that.
Stay cool! And thank you for the crossed fingers!