|Relator Kathleen Ball congratulates Jorge on the purchase of
our Sea Ranch home, Abalone Bay
Sea Ranch Vacation Rental – Abalone Bay is ours!
We left Santiago, Chile where we reside, for a two week vacation / honeymoon / Mother’s Day trip back to northern California, the place where Jorge and I first met. One of the goals of our trip, besides enjoying the company of each other, was to “try on” various cities in northern California to determine where we would ultimately like to retire. Saving the best for last, we had a fabulous time at The Sea Ranch (TSR) where we happily discovered a property on Green Cove Drive was for sale. We were thrilled that after 36 years there was the possibility of us returning to the TSR area for retirement.
The Sonoma-Mendocino coast area (or as some call it, Mendonoma) has always been special to us. One of our first dates was a trip along the northern coast to dive for abalone. The first time out with Jorge I was left on the foggy beach for two hours with only a harbor seal to keep me company. The next time out I was under the water with him delighting in the experience of free diving for abalone and later scuba diving to spear fish. Our first year anniversary was spent camping at the Gualala River Redwood Park and Campground just above TSR where we celebrated with Champagne and fresh abalone cooked over a campfire. Could it be possible we would be soon once again be toasting and eating abalone but this time overlooking the ocean in a Sea Ranch house?!
We submitted our offer along with the letter below with the hopes we could convince the owner that we would continue to lovingly care for her home:
Jorge and I want to take this moment to thank you for all you have done during our very short return to The Sea Ranch and surrounding area. We especially appreciate the time taken to tell us more about the history of the house on Green Cove and its owner. We do hope you will kindly let Mrs. __ know that are thrilled for the possibility of continuing to care for her beautiful home and grounds.
As you know we have had a long love affair with Sea Ranch, stretching back to when Jorge and his high school chum, Doug, would drive up the coast to dive for abalone and fish. As you saw, they wasted no time to do it once again! Should Mrs. __ find we are the best care-givers of her home, I can assure her it will also become the place where these two life-long buddies will sit in their adirondack chairs, wine glasses in hand as they gaze out across the horizon arguing which of them caught the biggest fish over the years or discussing the nuances within their recipes for paella that make it uniquely their own.
Please assure her we also anticipate her warm and welcoming home to be the gathering and resting space from our years of expat life. We currently reside in Santiago, Chile along with our family. I can’t wait to place our family photos on the walls of this home to help us reminisce on our love affair with Sea Ranch and the special meaning it held for our daughter who insisted upon it as the location for her wedding this last September at the Lodge in Sea Ranch. We cherish family as you can see in the toast that Jorge made to Kristina our daughter and our son-in-law Ian: http://vimeo.com/50740775 and know this home will become the frequent gathering spot for our family now living across the globe. We also are certain that it will soon become the meeting spot for our new friends made just in this short visit “home” to Sea Ranch and the Gualala area. We hope that we may be able to count Mrs. _ in as one of them!
We hope to see you again Kathleen on Sunday afternoon before we head back home to our family in Santiago. We will miss our new “family” here and hope to meet up with you all on our return.
Un beso y brazo fuerte (a kiss and big hug)
Donna and Jorge
Well as they say the rest is all history and we now await the close of escrow. Before we open up our home to guests and family we plan to do a little work, including adding a larger deck and hot tub as well as putting our personal touches on our new home. We hope you will come to love TSR as much as we do and look forward to having you visit our new home.