Without question, today was one of the busiest Mondays I’ve had in a very long time. It seemed as though I were in some sort of surrealistic world where I was continuously racing against the clock.
It all started with my early appointment to show 801 W. Main in Fertile. The showing went very well considering the amount of time spent at the property and the right questions being asked by the buyers. It truly is a wonderful home perched on a beautiful homesite. I love the views to the south from their upper deck. You almost feel as though you’re out in the middle of nowhere. There are very few country homes that give you that feeling because there nearly always seems to be something man made that pulls a person back to reality. There’s been a great deal of interest in it since we drastically reduced the price.
My early afternoon appointment took me to 30 – 2nd St. NE which is another blank canvas storefront that’s ready for just about anyone’s commercial venture. I would love to see an honest to goodness bakery in one of our Historic Downtown storefronts. We absolutely must continue to create diversity in the types of businesses we’re promoting because that’s what’ll bring the broader segments of our general public back to Main Street USA. There’s got to be a little something for everyone.
One day I was pushing the boundaries of possibilities with my thoughts regarding future businesses. I even thought it would be great to have a Mini Cooper dealership in one of the larger buildings. An up-scale confectionary, a boutique men’s and women’s clothing store, a locksmith, a drug store, a general medical clinic, a hardware store, a shoe store, and an Italian Restaurant. Last but not least, we need a quick-in and quick-out take away food counter that’s more geared towards take-outs than eating in. There’s no question there are all the many who’d rather take their food back to their workplaces and eat there. For many, lunch in our Downtown is not a social event. They just want freshly made and nutritious food to take back to work with them.
My new listing today is located at 628 N. Harrison Ave. which is only a stone’s throw from West Park. It’s a 3 bedroom ranch that’s in need of some cosmetics, but the bones are good and the square footage is abundant. It has a main floor family room with a gas log fireplace to enjoy during our long winter nights. I was exceptionally impressed by the lot size and the garden area. There are grape vines all along the fence that already have grape clusters on them. They’re still green, but come this fall, there’s going to be buckets of them. I’m not looking for it to be on the market long due to the affordable price it’s listed at, which is $74,900. If you know anyone who’s heavy into gardening, please be sure to pass the address along.
Tonight’s photo is one I took this morning of the flooding that was taking place at the park in Fertile. Rhodes Island Park has been a gathering site for many family reunions over the years. The island was completely covered with water, and in some areas, it was moving fast. What are we going to do with all this water in North Iowa? My heart goes out to many of our area farmers who’ll be struggling all the more if this rain doesn’t stop.
Tonight’s one-liner is: Plagiarism is a writer’s greatest compliment.