Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I am likely going to alienate most of my neighbours for the upcoming comments, which is not my intention and I offer my apologies in advance.
I live in what is cottage country. My road is private, a dead end and on the lake.
Many of my neighbours are tearing down the cottages that line the road and building beautiful monstrosities.
I don’t mind, aesthetically, The houses, coupled with the spectacular views, make what would become a monotonous walk more enjoyable because the houses are all unique.
It just seems like a waste.
Most of these giant houses are empty the majority of the year - even in the summer.
While I appreciate the status of a cottage and why people would own one, it just seems really sad that these gorgeous homes sit empty.
Someone is paying to have the houses cleaned, the gardens created and maintained and the lawns cut. Not to mention, these houses are likely being heated in the winter, cooled in the summer and the appliances going at all times.
In the age of green, it just seems like waste of valuable resources.
Is it jealousy that makes me view these “cottages” as a waste? No, I don’t think so. Is it because I don’t like the idea of a cottage (I don’t like to maintain one house, never mind keeping up with a second one when I am on vacation)? No.
These houses are absolutely beautiful. The setting is gorgeous. I guess I wonder why anyone would built something so beautiful and then let it sit empty.