What’s new in vacation homes?
They need to be green, politically correct, and able to give back to the community.
Since when did retirement to a nice quiet vacation spot get to be so complicated?
Seems nowadays you need to be dealing with your guilt complex while considering a second home.
Just in case you don’t feel guilty enough about buying, building or time-sharing, you sure should be.
According to new reports, today’s second home buyers are supposedly disturbed about being environmentally friendly, how far the staff of a resort has to commute, and helping teachers in the local schools.
And I thought all you had to worry about out in places like Hickman County, Tennessee, where my friends’ beautiful two-story log house is located on picturesque Wolf Creek, was slow dial-up.
So we now have new developments like the Ameya Preserve, in Paradise Valley, Montana that is supporting the local school system, Habitat for Humanity, and an organic culinary school.
It has something to do with “bad dynamics” and “bleaching the soul out of a ski resort,” according to Howard Katlov, who owns a British Columbia ski resort. Whatever that means.
But hey, today’s buyer wants more. Like getting in on a dinosaur dig with world renowned paleontologist Jack Horner. (Where have I heard that name before?)
Apparently Ameya Preserve is also giving back to Horner’s Museum of the Rookies with some of the homeowners actually doing some of the digging? $3 million dollars worth.
Sure, they could be out playing golf, but where’s the real sense of accomplishment on the seventeenth hole when instead you could be finding a fossil?
Here’s my point.
Get ready for this trend, because it’s here to stay. The left-over hippies and college students from the sixties have money and they want to spend it on carbon-neutral retirements.
But if they really wanted to be totally politically correct about it all, they’d probably take the advice of Richard Faesy, a senior project manager at Vermont Energy Investment Corp.
He doesn’t think we should have a vacation home at all. We’ve already messed up the environment enough with our first homes.