Lake Nottley

Lake Nottley

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Introducing our Mountain Retreat

 

Wesley Chapel, Florida (hot, rainy and humid)

 

While up in the north Georgia mountains, we looked at some RV lots that were for sale.

The lot we were staying on was at Paradise Valley Rv Resort in Cleveland, Georgia and it was for sale.

It was a very nice lot.  It had a gravel driveway and then a paved pad for the motor home.  There was a raised deck that was as long as our motor home.  On top of the deck was a nice screen room. It was very nice sitting outside at night inside the screened room.

There was also a little utility shed.

IMG_8632

The park was beautiful with a mix of RV’s and cabins.  Many were beautifully landscaped and it made for some interesting walks.

Rv lots in Paradise Valley, Cleveland Georgia

Rv lots in Paradise Valley, Cleveland Georgia

Of course, the nicer the sites, the more expensive they were, and most of the nicest ones were not for sale anyway!

The down side of this lot was that it wasn’t the easiest to get in or out of, in a 41 foot rig. A two or three foot shorter rig would have made a huge difference. There was no good place inside the campground to unhook the toad, which we didn’t realize when we pulled in. 

The deck made it difficult to back out because you had to clear the deck before you could make any turns. By the time we cleared the deck, we were right against some tree branches, so we had to go forward and back a few times to get at the right angle. We had trimmed the branches, but it turned out a lot more trimming was needed.   Another down side was our satellite dish went right into some big trees, so we had to set up a portable dish and run wires in through the windows.   Also, we got a slow and sporadic Verizon signal.

All of these issues could have been worked out, but not having decent internet was really a biggie for both of us.

 

There was a big range in prices for RV lots.  The most expensive one we looked at was $199,000.   Of course it included a very nice, large and newish 5th wheel, the truck to tow it, a beautiful cabin and storage shed, and another RV  lot next door for your friends. It had was on the highest point in the campground with a wonderful view of Yonah mountain.  If we would have had a spare $199k, we would have snapped it right up!

Another one we looked at was beautifully landscaped with a tall row of Rhododendrons and a covered deck, giving you a lot of privacy.  It also had two of the most gorgeous Japanese maple trees. These pictures do not do this site justice.

River Vista, Dillard, GA

Japanese maple

It was a great site, but also out of our budget.

We saw a few that were the last to sell in an rv park that had recently changed hands.  I think they were going for about $6000.  Of course they were small, unlevel lots with nothing but grass and dirt.  A good price, but you’d end up spending a fair amount of money in improvements.

One of the first lots we looked at, ended up being the one we kept going back to, and that’s the one we decided to buy.

I know some of you are wondering why we decided to buy an Rv lot.  Yes, we still plan on traveling as much as we can.

Yes, we intend to go west someday.

However, we feel tied to Florida right now because of my Mom.  I hate to be too far away if something should happen to her.   We have learned that our traveling style is to find a place we like, and really get to know the area, so we’ll spend a few months in the fall in north Georgia.

 

So, on to the lot we purchased.

It’s in Blairsville, Georgia, at the Rivers Edge RV Park.  All the lots are individually owned.  Some lots are on a trout stream and some on a pond. Ours is on neither.

It’s easy to get the motor home in and out, there is a place to unhook the toad, and both the satellite and Verizon get good signals. The HOA and property taxes are inexpensive.

That’s a 45 foot motor home parked there now, so I think ours will fit.   :)

IMG_9006

It has a cute little “coach house” or “cabin.”

Rivers Edge Rv Park

The cabin is completely finished inside and  complete with washer, dryer, sofa, refrigerator, and heat and a/c.

Rivers Edge Rv Park

Rivers Edge Rv Park

There is a nice sized deck which has a huge umbrella and nice table and chairs, which are all staying with the property.

Rivers Edge Rv Park

Rivers Edge Rv Park, deck

This currently empty spot will be a good spot for a hot tub, don’t you think?   A fence or shrubbery will block the view of the neighbor. 

Rivers Edge Rv Park, the hot tub goes here.

There is an open air clubhouse, but no pool or other amenities, which keep the maintenance fees down.

IMG_9022 

We really like the Blairsville area and we are near Brasstown Bald, which is the highest mountain in Georgia.  We’re just a short distance from North Carolina as well.

Brasstown Bald

We will  be able to rent the site out when we’re not there.  We still want to do some traveling, but for now, we don’t feel comfortable going too far away from Mom, so this will be a nice little place to go where we won’t need a reservation.

We can’t wait to get back. 

30 comments:

  1. Congratulations on finding a spot that you could afford and are comfortable with!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Looks like a really nice place. Congratulations!

    ReplyDelete
  3. It looks like a lovely spot. Congratulations on your purchase.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Congratulations! What does Baxter think of it?

    ReplyDelete
  5. Congrats!! It looks fantastic!! Ronda and I hope to do something similar some day.

    Erik

    ReplyDelete
  6. looks great. . .and needing to be close to your Mom is certainly understandable. . .love the little cabin with extra amenities. . .enjoy!

    Janice
    ReadyToGoFullTimeRVing Blog
    FaceBook.com/ReadyToGoFullTimeRVing

    ReplyDelete
  7. very nice, very nice indeed! Congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Love it. We camped at Unicoi and ate at the Yonah Burger place.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Congrats...looks wonderful...I am in the same place you are with your mom..only my dad is on the east coast of FL...and I can't get to far away either..I am pushing it right now being in PA working on getting house sold...but I sure do like that lot...have fun with it..it is a good get away!! donna

    ReplyDelete
  10. Congrats, it sure looks like a nice spot. Having the little coach house is a real bonus too.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Completely understand your concerns being nearby your mom. This looks like the perfect solution, and a really nice one at that.

    That coach house is a nice addition, too. Even being able to do large loads of wash makes it a great place. We love our onboard washer, but the little loads make laundry drag out a bit.

    You have chosen wisely! :cD

    ReplyDelete
  12. CONGRATS on your purchase! Know you'll love it in North Georgia. We looked in Rivers Edge as well. Know you'll enjoy it up here! Nice park.

    ReplyDelete
  13. What a beautiful lot. With in your budget, close to mom, and lots of room. Congratulations.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Nice.

    You tell us the prices of the other lots, but not the one you bought! Kind of relevant to the story, no?

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. I had an inkling that you were going to buy a lot in the Georgia mountains from reading your previous posts. Looks like you chose a beauty. If we ever did so I would want to have a little coach house like yours. Enjoy!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Congrats! Looks great. I can see you spending a bit of time in the coach house:)

    ReplyDelete
  17. I have never seen a coach house before and am not sure other than the laundry what they are for. It looks very nice inside. This seems like a good solution for you and I'm really glad you are happy with it. Some where cooler for Florida summers sounds like a great plan and you don't have to drive all the way to Maine like we did. :-))

    ReplyDelete
  18. Will you bring your boat up, or will it stay in he Keys? Over all it looks wonderful.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Very nice choice! Everything looks so green and pretty there.
    Syl

    ReplyDelete
  20. Gosh, it looks really perfect. Eventually I'd love to have something exactly like that. I'm glad you found the perfect lot, and having the little cabin is going to be really nice. Beautiful deck, the surrounding sites/area look nice, too. And water - even if you're not on a lake or river, they will be nearby for walks, fishing, and birding, right? Congratulations!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Looks like a fantastic spot! Very nice. Congratulations!

    ReplyDelete
  22. How cool is that? Love the little coach house..everything looks perfect :-)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Looks like a great lot. Totally understand your need to be close to your mom. We are aways looking at places that may become our home someday and finding somewhere we could stay and still be in our home on wheels is ideal. Have fun getting to know your knew area.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Summer there, winter in the keys a little traveling in between. Sounds like a pretty good life :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. Congratulations on your lot purchase! We would love to have a base, just not yet as we just started out. It looks really cool and I love the coach house included. Very Nice!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Congratulations on your purchase. Looks like a lovely spot for a homebase.

    ReplyDelete
  27. What a lovely spot in the mountains, Karen. I am just now getting caught up again on blogs, so a bit behind. Glad to see you can get away to cooler, higher climes while still technically living in Florida. Perfect. The cabin is just so darn cute!

    ReplyDelete

Please feel free to leave comments. We love to read them! To contact me directly you can send e-mail to rvtravels2@yahoo.com

Due to the amount of spam I was getting, I had to stop allowing anonymous comments. You will have to have a Google account to be able to respond. Sorry.