HE SAYS:

We will be leaving tomorrow to spend our first extended stay at our new home in Arizona.   We first visited Arizona in February, 2006 and fell in love with the area within days.  As a result of that first visit, we embarked on the challenge of turning our dream of retiring in Arizona to a reality that is just now being fulfilled.

It was a long and, sometimes, tortuous process to design, build and furnish a totally custom house from 2,500 miles away during one of the most severe economic downturns in our lifetime.   That saga will be left for another time but suffice it to say that there were many days when we felt that our dream was turning into a nightmare that would never end.

Our View From The Pool Patio

Our View From The Pool Patio

We now have everything under control with the help of a property manager who visits the house once a week to make sure things are running smoothly and trouble shoots when problems arise.   It is comforting to know that our investment is being well taken care of in our absence.

Pool Patio And Back Of House

Pool Patio And Back of House

Pool Patio And Back Of House

Pool Patio And Back of House

We intend to stay at our home until near the end of March when we will come back for our son Matthew’s wedding.  We are about 30 miles from Phoenix and have access to many wonderful restaurants, big time sporting events, and all kinds of recreational opportunities or we could just sit by our pool and enjoy the warm weather and the views.  Our home is built on a two and a half acre mountainside lot that provides us with spectacular views of the adjacent valley and large commanding mountain range in the distance.  The views are what sold us on the property in the first place and have become the backdrop to our dream home.

Our House On The Hill

Our House On The Hill

While we are away, our Director of Finance, Kristie, will run the day to day operation of USFSB and we will provide our input through the Internet, e-mails and, of course, by phone.  It is our hope that we will be able to relax and fully enjoy our first taste of retirement while, at the same time, keeping our business going strong without our direct involvement.

It seems that we have made our dream become a reality even if it was a difficult journey.

Front Entrance

Front Entrance

Look for our five part story of how we brought this project to a successful conclusion despite encountering some difficult problems along the way in “All’s Well That Ends Well, The Prelude, The Process, The Problem, The Solution and The Conclusion”.

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