The Barra compound has a visceral sexuality.
Candidate number 3 (Casa Mia) is just a solid plain girl with a nice personality.
My brother and I looked at the house when we drove down in 2009. It has a pleasant look from the street. And there was something about the lines that I found enticing.
I was not the least bit surprised when I discovered this is one of the first houses designed by Alejandro -- the premier local architect.
The house is the most urban of the three. It is within steps of Barra's commercial area. I would need to drive my truck from the other two houses to buy anything. From Casa Mia, I could walk to fulfill most of my needs.
I like the house's personality. It is built on one level, but in two sections. The front part of the house includes the living room, dining room, kitchen, and utility room.
The second section includes two bedroom-bathroom suites. Divided from the rest of the house by a shaded patio.
When Darrel and I looked at the house, we tried to figure out where the best site for a hot tub would be. I have sorely missed my hot tub these last few years.
I have now asked the realtor to check with Alejandro if the roof would be capable of supporting the roof. Without the hot tub ending up in the living room -- along with a slab of roof concrete.
The house is compact. There is no wasted space.
But I do feel a bit claustrophobic in the patio. That is undoubtedly because I have become so accustomed to the wide expanse of my current garden.
Even though it is just a couple of blocks walk to the beach, there is no ocean view. Not even standing on the roof.
I periodically drive by the house and check the price. It has come down over the years.
Currently, it is listed at $158,900.
So, there you have them. My three prospective brides.
Tomorrow, I will ask you to pull out your electronic ballots to recommend one or the other to me. I am also including a rental option. Just in case you feel as if my heart is not in this.