So... about the Boulder Creek property. I made some phone calls yesterday - first to the county assessor. They said the property is still in my name, I still don't owe any taxes, and it is still not buildable. I'd need an acre, and it's 1/5 of an acre. I told her about seeing the house on the Google Earth map and she said the satellites are so far up, they are often distorted when you are looking at specific properties. She said to call the planning department about parking my RV on the property.
So I called the planning department. She said technically I am not allowed to park there. I can only park an RV on property that has a building on it. But she did say they are a complaint driven department. If I parked there and no one complained, I'd be okay. If someone complains, I'd have to move. Good to know.
The blue outline is the property - see the house in the upper left corner? There is actually another in the lower right corner, too. That makes me think it might be off a little. The woman at the zoning planning department said there have been no permits pulled for the property, so if there is something on it, it is definitely not legal.
I then called a Realtor I talked to in August 1994 when I was going to sell it (if it was worth selling), and she is still with the same real estate office. There is a house in foreclosure next to my lot, and I wondered if it had anything to do with the structure that seems to be on my lot. She took the information, did some checking and called me back. She said she gave both APNs to a local title company, and they are going to check on it. She will call me back with information by Friday, or early next week. Just in case someone had their lot lines wrong. She asked me exactly where the lot was, and I gave her the "Beer Pub" location right next to me, and I'm hoping she will actually drive out and see for herself. The lot is 4.5 miles from the town of Boulder Creek, so it would only take a few minutes. It would be nice to have an "eyes on" opinion.
I really want to see the property, but it's an eight hour drive each way, and I don't know if I want to make such a long drive over a weekend. I think I'm going to let the experts do their research, and see what they say. If there is a problem, I'll go next weekend, maybe take off Monday so it will be a Friday through Sunday trip with Monday to recover. If it looks like everything is okay, I'll probably wait until I go up to Vacaville again to visit my daughter and her family, and we can take a day trip to see it then, walk around Boulder Creek and have lunch there.
After I wrote the above, I pulled up my condo address in Google Earth. And you know what? It has me two blocks over from my street. Interesting... Maybe it really is off that much.
Maybe this is all much ado about nothing. If so, at least I learned I can park my RV on the lot as long as no one complains. I'm going to have to knock on some doors when I go up there and make some friends. : )
PUZZLE: Here is a puzzle I have always liked. It was in the San Francisco Chronicle when I was in high school, and I cut it out and saved it for years (and years and years).
Three people check into a hotel. They pay $30 to the manager and go to their room. The manager finds out that the room rate is $25 and gives the bellboy $5 to return to the guests. On the way to the room the bellboy reasons that $5 would be difficult to split among three people so he pockets $2 and gives $1 to each person. Now each person paid $10 and got back $1. So they paid $9 each, totaling $27. The bellboy has another $2, adding up to $29.
Where is the remaining dollar? I'll have the answer tomorrow.
From me and Katie, have a great Thursday, everyone! : )