Friday, November 28, 2014

House #1

Only 4 months late, but here is the first house we lived in upon arriving in Eleuthera.  We stayed in this house for about 7 weeks, while we waited for our year long rental to become available. This house was such a joy to live in.  If you ever want to visit Eleuthera, this house is on the top of my list of rentals.  The listing can be found here

I won't go into too much detail, but the house was just about perfect for us.  Three bedrooms, on top of the water views, privacy, and an easy walk to our favorite little beach. 

We were able to easily fit both vehicles and our boat in the parking area.  Our cars have never had a more perfect view.

Nor have we.  This is the house from the water.  Ridiculous, isn't it?  We would often jump off of the low cliff into the deep water below, and then snorkel/spearfish around the corner to the neighborhood's little rocky beach, dubbed by us, Hermit Crab Beach.

Just a short stroll, or sprint, or hermit crab gathering, and you were in the more developed part of the neighborhood.  The kids could find dozens of huge hermit crabs in and around the road, while Georgia had ample stray dog poop to sniff along the way.

I cannot stress to you the gorgeousness of this neighborhood.  We have been vacationing in this neighborhood for six years, and it feels very much like home to us.  It is manicured, the power lines are buried (!!!!), the roads are mostly well paved, and there are tons of planted palm trees that give the neighborhood a very tropical feel.

As you continue down the road toward the beach, you start getting glimpses of the gorgeous bay of Hermit Crab Beach.  This is the Caribbean side of the island, so typically, the water is calm, clear, and stunning.

The yellow house pictured here was the house we were planning on renting for the year.  The view made the imperfections of the house almost worthwhile.  Almost.  But that's a whole other ball of surf wax.  Long story short, the house was in too much disrepair to be comfortably lived in for the price we were going to pay for it.

This is Hermit Crab Beach.  The beach was carved out of the iron shore, long ago, when the neighborhood was a resort and the yellow house was the clubhouse/restaurant.  The sand is rocky, but years ago Jerry and Paige created a path into the rock-less shallow water just beyond.  The path has been maintained by someone ever since.

Behind me in the photo, there are tidal pools always full of hermit crabs, crustaceans, little fish, and other oddities.  Fun for all ages.

The water beyond the rocks is over smooth, soft, white sand full of nothing but maybe a passing starfish or conch.  Many happy hours were spent in this exact spot.

Though we are very grateful for the awesome house we are in now, I am filled with nostalgia and longing when I look at this neighborhood.  This is probably where we would build a forever home, and for sure where we will come stay again in future Eleuthera visits.  

Until then, we'll drive past the neighborhood, wave hello, and continue on our adventure to somewhere else fantastic.  

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that area sure is pure paradise!! Maybe you'll find another wonderful house that's even better??!!