House Wish List


After living a sustainable lifestyle for 18 years on a 38' sailboat we were eager to find a home that allowed us to continue to live this lifestyle.  So, in keeping with that theme, we did not want to build a new home, but to "reuse" a house that already existed.  Listed below are the characteristics we wanted and conversely, did not want in a house.
Essential House Characteristics

Optional, but highly desirable

  • Open plan design or can be remodelled to open-plan
  • 1500-2000 sq. ft
  • 3 or more bedrooms or 2 bedrooms and 1 office/den
  • 2 or more bathrooms
  • 1/4 - 1/2 acre lot with mature trees (if larger, most should be wooded and unimproved)
  • Natural privacy
  • Low cost but able to add value
  • Cellular phone service
  • High speed internet service available
  • Contemporary design
  • Wood siding
  • High pitch roof
  • Cathedral ceiling
  • South facing lot and house
  • Gas heating
  • Garage
  • Mountain and/or water views
  • Sunny lot
  • Within 1/2 - 3/4 hour drive time to city
  • Within 1/2 hour drive to university
  • Close to small store for essential items
  • Flat area for walking and bicycling
  • Bike trails
  • Near to park

Undesirable Characteristics

 ... and the things we don't want are:

  • High, violent crime area

  • High traffic flow and noise

  • Houses close together

  • Lot with no mature trees

  • New house

Click here to see our Location Wish List