Househunting in the snowJanuary 30, 2008
Today we’ve been househunting in the snow. Hmmm, doesn’t make a huge amount of sense to us either.
A friend sent us details of a house he thought might interest us, and on paper it did. Perhaps a little on the small side, perhaps a little further out than we intended, but on the positive side it was on a large plot and was keenly priced so perhaps there was the possibility to extend it a little.
So, today we drove out Lefkara way to find the village to get a feel for what it was like and how easy it was to get to and from. These villages are up in the hills and can be disproportionally tricky to get to. They also tend to have their own micro-climate, more so the higher up they are.
Anyway, we hoped, but didn’t assume, we’d be able to find the house and see what it’s location was like. Since it’s only being used on weekends at the moment we thought we might even get a chance to get close without disturbing the owners.
Well, we found the village and then spotted the house.
Our first surprise was the lack of formal road. There’s a mud/gravel/concrete-in-parts track which, considering the hillside is around a 1 in 6 slope, could be challenging at times.
Surprise #2 was the water supply. The entire supply appears to be laid above ground in flexible piping. The piping extends through the outside area (it might be a little much to call it a garden!) to water the weeds and fruit trees.
Surprise #3 came in response to a lighthearted joke.
Hey, it is connected to mains electric, isn’t it?
No prizes for guessing the answer to that one. It turns out the closest telegraph pole sits in the garden of the next house down the hill. It looks like the folks selling bring a generator with them when they come to stay.
And finally, surprise #4 was the weather.
We expected it to be colder in the hills … this would actually be an advantage in the summer … and we’d even mentioned here that there was a bizarre forecast for snow this week. We just didn’t expect to end up in the middle of a little snowstorm in sunny Cyprus.
Very light, very fast moving snow, but snow all the same. Oh, and we don’t think the house is really built on a game reserve, but who knows?
So, should we buy the house? Needs a new road, connecting to the electric board, replumbing, solar panels, a small extension, and a small herd of goats to keep the weeds down.
Oh, and we haven’t even seen inside the house!