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Hopkins Cottage Living Room
September 2, 2016

Coastal Cottage

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I am sure my love of living on or close to water is due to having grown up in Northern Minnesota spending my summers at my grandparents’ cabins. Fortunately in most of my (40) moves I have lived very close to water…whether it was in LA or the Bay Area or Minneapolis. And now I spend time at my vacation rental (aka Hopkins Cottage) on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. My cottage is in an area called Hopkins Landing, three kilometers from the town of Gibsons. My homes have always had a bit of a coastal décor, however since I bought a cottage on the west coast of BC, the coastal décor has become more predominant.

Fish                Baby Shells   Shells          Vintage Fish Mold            Handmade Beach sign

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1.1 Hopkins Cottage Exterior
September 2, 2016

My Version of the Cottage Lifestyle

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The definition of the word cottage in the past has meant a “small, charming place to live”, whether it is in an urban, suburban, rural or coastal area. Today the word cottage doesn’t always equal small. Lifestyle is defined as “the way in which a person lives”.  My version of a cottage lifestyle is living in a comfortable environment surrounded by the things that make you smile, and that tell a story, furniture that reflects daily use by those you love or previous owners, a place where guests immediately feel welcome and relaxed, and don’t hesitate to make themselves at home.

Hopkins Cottage view from bedroom

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Bunk House
August 26, 2016

Seeking a Cottage in the USA!

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My plan when I officially retire is to live half of the year in BC and the other half somewhere in the US. As a US citizen I can only stay in Canada 180 days in any calendar year. Therefore, I am seeking a small cottage (preferably under 600’) on the west coast of Washington, Oregon or California or in Minnesota.

Finding a small home is actually much harder than one would think. With the hot real estate market in the majority of the areas I am looking at…and the huge interest in living tiny/small, properties go quickly. Climate is playing a significant role in my decision as well. Summers will be spent in BC, and fall and winters (mid-October to mid-May) will be in the US. I am not fond of rain, yet I do like snow…hence the reason to consider Minnesota. And I must have a home that gets a lot of light.

I am in love with the pocket neighborhoods focused on small homes designed by architect Ross Chapin. I could see myself living in one of these homes if it was near water.

I have wondered if I could in less than 400 square feet. The picture above is my bunk house…which is only 120 square feet. I have done a lot of work to fix it up…more on that in another post…so that friends and family can sleep there if they wish. I am always happy to sleep there and let my visitors sleep in my one bedroom cottage (Hopkins Cottage). The bunk house only has a bed and some seating and a desk area. I can’t picture living it in full-time as adding a kitchen area and bathroom would make it a little too small for me.

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