I spent ages 18-25 mostly away from home. I don’t mean I lived in an apartment in Seattle, I mean I lived on in another state, coast and sometimes a completely different continent. My sister was left to be the only child (within physical reach) for years. When Cecilia (my sister), picked up and moved to northern Italy almost 2 years ago, she said something to me that I’ll never forget, “Have fun with Dad. He’s going to call you a lot!” I remember thinking that was a weird thing to say but then my sister says a lot of funny things (love you **wink**, **wink**).
Before we started talking about the house, I think I spoke to Dadtractor at least 3 or 4 times a week. Nothing pressing, just random things he wanted to tell me or tease Micah about. Once the project started, the calls started coming in once a day and at the height of the building, they were at 10 times a day. No joke. You can re-read one of our typical convo days here.
As we are nearing the end, the calls are back at once a day though I’ve been known to make a call or two myself. When I was in Malawi I often wondered what in the world Dadtractor was doing with himself. Who was he talking to? Micah’s in school from 7am to 4pm. Momager would tell Dadtractor to stop calling her after one or two calls and I wasn’t available by phone.
I was only back for 3 or 4 days before Micah and I went on vacation. We fully expected to hear from Dadtractor everyday but he only called twice. Once to ask if we had someone to water the grass and once to wish us a Happy Easter. We thought that was very strange and wondered what he was up to.
This week Dadtractor asked me to come out with him to his rental property. I knew he had decided our house wouldn’t be his final project. He decided he was going to build himself a building of condos. He and Momager own a triplex for 20 years and will be replacing it with what I think is 8-1o unit complex. Ambitious right? So in about 2 months, here’s what Dadtrator has been up to…
He’s got 4-5 units (one building) framed already. Once the insulation is done for this building (probably by Monday) they will knock down the current triplex. It’s actually pretty amazing how far they have come. Apparently they learned some tricks about the system from building our house. Also, they don’t have the slope problem we have. Lucky!!! But you’re thinking, “Catherine, they don’t have the view you have.” Yes, that’s true, but the back top units have an AMAZING view of the lake, the Eastside and the Cascade Mountains on a clear day. That’s pretty good too. It wasn’t a sunny day when I checked the place out, but you get the idea.
So this is what has been keeping my phone quiet. Interesting. Dadtractor has asked me (and Micah) to help design the interior finishes. Actually, anyone who pre-purchases their unit can design their own interior. He’s had some offers but he hasn’t taken anyone up on them yet. They’ve owned the property for 20 years and may even sell their house one day and move into a unit. They don’t just want to sell the units to anyone, they want to sell them to people they’d like to be neighbors with one day. Isn’t that kind of sweet? One current tenant has lived in their triplex for 17 years, so Dadtractor and Momager offered to let her rent to own one of the units. Dadtractor is a real softy.
If we didn’t have 4024, We’d seriously consider living in one of the units. It’s in a great neighborhood. It’s got a Safeway across the street from it (literally), a Trader Joe’s about 4 blocks away, amazing restaurant with 10 minutes walk, good bus lines, a YMCA 2 blocks away and is in newly revitalized neighborhood. There are also lots of parks near by and it’s close to the University of Washington.
So who’s interested? We’ll put in a good word with the Dadtractor. We kind of know him. :)