First of all, and most topically, I should be closing tomorrow. There was a little scare involving liens on the title and my expiring lock on 6% interest (the rate has gone up to 6.5%), but it seems to be cleared up. I am inspecting the repairs today at 4pm with the owner, my realtor, and the house inspector (another $100). Then I go close tomorrow at 2:30pm, record the next day and own a 4-plex – unless something totally wonky happens!
But, most of interest to me these days is the fact that to have a legal parking lot in this town I have to have 6 paved spaces (at 20’x9′), 24 feet of staging area, and ingress and egress – all paved. That’s more than the footprint of the building. Not very green!! Currently there is a grandfathered in gravel lot on the back of the house, eating up all the prime growing space. There is almost enough space to put the 6 spaces on the front/north of the house, but not legally since there isn’t staging room. I am playing with layouts involving a couple of spots sideways up front and some parking on the side, and using paving stones instead of asphalt, but the sticky-outy porch and roof overhang and a couple of spruce trees that I would hate to cut make things a bit tricky. Wish I could make everyone park on the street!! But the car is king here.