life in bedlam
I’ve often said my ideal set up would be this: A small “farmette” just outside of Bethlehem, a pied-a-terre in NY (really a tiny shoebox will do, 300 – 500 sq ft even), and shack at the ocean. I really don’t think this is too much to ask!
A place at the ocean seems so out of reach, but recently I stumbled on listings for mobile homes in communities about two miles from the Delaware beaches, including Rehoboth, which I love. The Outer Banks of North Carolina are my favorite beaches, but too far to visit often enough to make ownership worthwhile.
Behold, a 3 BR, 1 BA shack at the ocean for $5,000:
It needs some work inside. You have to pay rent on the lot, about $500/month. But that’s a heck of a lot less than a mortgage on an actual beach house. And the community has a pool and a fitness center. It’s about 2 miles to the beach, which is 172 miles closer than I am now.
So, what do you think? Am I mobile home material? Is this insane? Do they have trailer parks in Manhattan?