Normally I don’t write about homes that are being offered for rent but there is one that I can’t stop thinking about. It’s a year round cottage that is ½ block from the lake in Clear Lake. It has an open kitchen, dining and living room. The kitchen floor is brick and tile, the kitchen counter-tops are wood with a breakfast bar that even has hand hewn bar stools. There is a Franklin fireplace in the living room. What is very striking about this cottage is that it was constructed in the old way with exposed timbers with plaster insets as well as a hand made solid walnut open staircase. The floors on the main floor are solid maple and they’re gorgeous. The second floor has open exposed beams with cathedral ceilings. Each time I am showing this property to prospective tenants, it seems everyone is wowed by the beauty of the wood. The unit reminds me of something one would see on a hilltop in a Northern European countryside. There is a front deck for summertime enjoyment with panoramic views of the lake. Wouldn’t everyone want to live where there is a public dock a half block away? Another European feature about this property is that there is a private courtyard in the center of this city block that is used for parking. There’s only one way in and one way out via a private alley. Now that’s even more of a great feature when considering privacy and security. We already have several prospective tenants that want it so I guess I won’t have the opportunity to view this gem too many more times. Perhaps it’s a good thing because I think the more I am there the more likely the evil envy will kick in with me. I just hope whomever rents this will appreciate the timeless beauty of this home that was certainly built with vision and indeed love. Click on the Link below to view this home.