Originally Posted by lazygood4nothinbum
tuscany. just the sound of its name. you have no idea how jealous i am.
Come on by!
I am usually embarrassed to say "Tuscany" as it is such a cliché. We ended up here by chance, not by design, as DH was supposed to start up a partnership with a Roman colleague who happened to have a vacation home on the other side of Monte Amiata and was going to chuck it all in in the big city and join him in a startup in "the boonies". That didn't happen, so he's making the best he can of it on his own. We're in Sarteano because it was where we could find the only decent single-family house available in a land of apartments and ruins of old 'casali'. (Want a re-development project? Here there are loads.)
When I'm feeling 'dreamy' I look at the map of Italy and realize that a romantic-sounding name like "Montalcino" just means Oak Mountain, "Baia Verde" = Green Bay,* "Fiumicino" = Little River.. that's what Italians hear!
Ft. Myers waterfront? Not that lucky.. it's kind of in the middle of the main residential area, it appears, across the street from some whopping big church. Again, since it's a "hand-me-down" lot, whether we get $50k or $500k is immaterial. As long as it is non-zero! The prop. taxes have been kept up on it. but I'm amazed they let vacant lots just sit there. In NE, you'd probably have the city whining that you'd have to clear it or that it's a 'nuisance'. Every so often mom gets letters from local FL RE agents, but she bins them. Dunno why, since she has never had any interest in even visiting the lot to see it (though Ft. Myers looks like a nice place), much less building a house and/or moving there.
Last year I sent her the books from the BBC series, "Life Laundry", a great reality show about de-cluttering. Who knows if they address the "clutter" of excess RE?
P.S. "Monte Amiata" is, I've heard, a contraction of Monte Amianta or.. Mount Asbestos. The big industry was copper and asbestos mining.
I did find a (low-quality) truffle in our backyard though! Haven't dared to eat it yet.