After elevating their 5 kids in a four-bedroom, center-hall Colonial on a lake in Guilford, Jessica and Invoice Rowen had been prepared for a change. Describing themselves as “ceaselessly home hunters,” they had been at all times properties on Lengthy Island Sound, but additionally toyed with the concept of renovating their current house. Someday, after a shorefront home in Guilford, they went for a stroll round that very same neighborhood and came across a dilapidated, but lovely, New England-style cottage. Located in a non-public, coastal setting, the direct waterfront house seemed to be the proper retreat. However it wasn’t on the market.
“About six months later, we had given up and figured we’d simply keep on this house,” says Invoice, noting that they had been looking for a home of their price range with a direct waterfront whereas preserving the sense of house that they appreciated of their present house. “Then, I used to be flipping by the paper, and I noticed that the cottage had come up underneath foreclosures, asking an ‘as is’ value, money presents solely, no contingencies. So, Jess and I took a journey down, and as quickly as we received there, we stated, ‘that is it.’ However we knew that there was a danger that we might not be capable of construct on it as a result of it’s a tough piece of property.”