Not just any house. It’s our former home.
We were out in Kaaawa again over the weekend, and were surprised to find that our former house is for sale again, just 18-months after we sold it.
In the interim, it’s had major renovations, with remodeled kitchen & bathrooms, new interior doors, new lights, ceiling fans, new flooring and paint throughout, and upgraded electrical and plumbing.
We heard through the neighborhood gossip network that the family that bought it from us underestimated the logistics involved in living in such a beautiful spot. With both parents working and two children now dealing with school and other activities, the commute to town–about 26 miles–quickly got to be too much.
I can certainly appreciate that. We were lucky to almost always have been able to arrange our lives to avoid peak traffic hours, and with just one car, the commute offered a daily opportunity for long, open-ended conversations and lots of NPR listening. But we didn’t have the challenges that kids introduce to the equation.
In any case, it’s a great house in a primo location in Kaaawa.
It’s listed on Zillow, with additional photographs available here.
I think the year was 2001. The specific date has been lost in the course of many backup operations.
This was taken just below our former home in Kaaawa. It sat at the top of a slope which dropped down on one side to a dead-end road below.
The lower area was pretty overgrown.
During the wet part of the year, the ape (pronounced ‘ah-pay’, also called “elephant ears”) grew rapidly, often reaching over six feet.
This photo was taken early one morning when we walked back up the road to view our property from that side.
It’s one of the things we miss in our new home.
In the garden
We spent New Year’s Eve out in Kaaawa, then got up early in the morning for our daily walk at dawn.
It was dark when we left our friends’ house, still dark when we got down to Kam Highway.
We moved into town more than a year ago, but Kaaawa still feels very familiar, and we see friends–canine and human–all along the walk.
But we also feel the past as we walk through the neighborhood. On some streets, we can tick off the names of all the dogs we knew through the years since we started regular morning walks 20 years ago but are now gone.
Anyway, here are a few images of the morning.
Back to substantive blogging soon.
[Note: This has been updated with additional photos since it was originally posted earlier today.]
It’s Christmas Eve morning.
We spent the night with our good friends in Kaaawa, just up the hill from where we used to live. Then we were up early to walk to the beach at dawn, then back through the neighborhood.
Obviously, it’s been wet in Kaaawa this week. There was standing water and mud all through the neighborhood.
Among other things, I was watching for signs of Christmas. There are a few included among these glimpses of Kaaawa.
Click on the photo to scroll through the pictures.