My home is situated in a small loop of a development, a road which is about 15 years old.
For unknown reasons, one building lot was left alone. On paper, a prime spot for building a home - but it had remained undeveloped, and had changed hands several times over the years.
This open plot gave me a clear mountain view - a front room with a calming and inspiring spot from which to drink a cuppa. But alas, no more.
About a year ago, the excavators moved in, a concrete base was poured...
and the timber frame grew out of the snow melt. It is a large walk-out bungalow - some 3,400 square feet.
Some neighbours call it a monstrosity - because it is bigger than surrounding homes, with a much higher roof-line and it just looks quite different from the homes already here, particularly in colouring and style. A mini McMansion maybe.
Me? I quite like it, in a I-wouldn't-want-to-clean-it kinda way - the layout is great for two people, with some interesting features (well, of course I've been to look around it) - plus it has that wow factor from a wall of modern glass at the back, namely my mountain view!
There's just a small matter of the price. The realtor isn't even joking either. For you madam, just $1.15 million
(roughly the same for US $, and at today's rates, that's about GBP £735,000, EUR878,000 or AUS$1.19m).
When I tell you most homes in this road go for less than half that price, I am now intrigued as to who my new neighbour might be - if the house ever sells of course.
But I probably won't like them on principle - they stole my view afterall.