My Sierra Mountain Home is Listed For Sale

Finally, spring has sprung and so the next step of the grand plan is executed. The last step prior to listing was installing that retaining wall from a single tree. The long section is 40′. My brother, his son, and I got it done in a day. It would have been easier had Dave remembered to bring his pushing chains, rather than only the pulling chains for his F-250.

I have two For Sale By Owner listings up, so far.

  1. Zillow (includes automatic Trulia too)
  2. Craigslist (Gold Country and San Francisco Bay Area)

Here’s my YouTube video tour from when we had it as a vacation rental.

I’ll probably do a couple of other listings, perhaps Redfin and ForSaleByOwner. Any experience with those or anything else, please drop a note in comments.

I’ve done a simple description because ultimately, it’s the location and the photos—and then a visit.

Our former vacation home since 2003. Extensive rebuilding and remodeling in 2003/4 after a significant fire (all electrical, plumbing, and structural updated to code). From 2011 – 2015 it was one of Arnold’s most popular vacation rentals, generating an average of $30,000 revenue annually (documentation to prove it).

The home is being offered completely furnished and equipped. By that I mean that it could be immediately occupied with no move in or investment. It could be rented as a vacation rental immediately. If a second home, bring clothes and toiletries. That’s literally all.

Additionally, the association has a very nice swimming pool, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

It’s great for two seasons. Snow in the winter (a ski resort 30 minutes away) and wine and Gold country in the summer and fall.

Also perfect for family holidays. It will sleep up to 14 without sleeping bags on the floor.

So, that’s about it. My follow-ons are as follows. I’ll write posts in more detail in due time.

  • I’m speaking at The 21 Convention yet again. Fourth time. But guess what? This time it’s in Warsaw Poland, mid-July. Frankly, it’s an anti-Feminism conference. Be sure to check out the short promotional video at the above link(s). I’m making it a Euro tour. I’ll be headed from Warsaw to southern Spain to hook up and auto-tour with an old Navy buddy who lives there.
  • I’m going to build out my own RV, Sprinter Van style, only using the long and high Dodge platform. I’ve done tons of research. It’s the best for this application.
  • Then I will be traveling the US to scope out land on which to build Shipping Container Homes. I’ve done lots of research there, too, but my designs are basically four-40′ containers, about 1,200 square feet total, done in loft/industrial style.

OK, that’s all.

Richard Nikoley

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  1. Tom Murin on May 7, 2019 at 18:50

    Good luck with selling the place. I’ve previously researched both the Sprinter van and the shipping container dwellings. We both know firsthand from being in the USN that you don’t need too much personal space to live in. I don’t think you ever considered living in any of the containers you saw on those Maersk container ships you passed out at sea!

    • Richard Nikoley on May 7, 2019 at 18:52

      Nope, I did not. Not even a clue.

  2. JP on May 8, 2019 at 08:24

    On the lead Zillow photo, include the telephone number and email address in the photo itself. Gets the contacts directly to you.

    • Richard Nikoley on May 8, 2019 at 08:26

      Great idea, but for now just email.

  3. Tim Steele on May 8, 2019 at 10:59

    I’d think container houses would fit perfectly in Alaska coastal towns where the only access is by sea. Good luck! Sounds like you have a full plate.

  4. Jim on May 12, 2019 at 06:57

    Great post.
    For the shipping containers, couldn’t tell if you are a) looking for land to build a home for you, b) looking for land to build a bunch of homes on that land for rental/sale, or c) starting a business building homes to sell and ship out to other locations?
    Good luck!

    • Richard Nikoley on May 12, 2019 at 08:10

      Building them in place for folks. About 1200 SF, industrial/loft style.

  5. David on July 8, 2019 at 11:37

    Why are you selling the home?

    • Richard Nikoley on July 8, 2019 at 12:04

      Sane question. Thank’s David.

      The answer is that principally, this was our vacation or second home for 15 years. When Beatrice retired from the school district in 2017, I’d already been here as primary residence since April 2016 (we commuted weekends for a year and half).

      While I love it as a weekend and holiday getaway, it’s too remote and the snow in winter too harsh to enjoy it 24/7/365. This last winter was particularly harsh with snow after snow and piling up. Old time locals said it was the most extreme since early 90s.

      I like sun and beaches. 😉

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