Traverse City: “The Caddy Shack”

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We arrived in Traverse City, our new home, on the 6th of August. We rented a house “sight unseen” via the internet. Actually, Claire did a virtual walk through with a realtor via Facetime on her computer. Frankly, there were not a lot of rental options in TC which is an issue that the local government is trying to deal with. Since our new home won’t be completed until next summer, we needed to rent a place for almost a year. We chose a little house that sits right on the Traverse City Country Club. Since we are new to the TC area, we reasoned that the country club would be a good way to meet people and get connected to the local community.

Neither Claire nor I have ever been members of a country club, and Claire doesn’t play golf. Since joining, Claire has taken up the game and we have appreciated open views out our windows. The house is only a few hundred feet from the club house, so we regularly walk over to play golf or have dinner.

The house was about what we expected. A bungalow built in the 1970’s, the owner was an elderly lady who recently passed away. Her family decided to rent the house out until they can decide what to do with it. The place is all 70’s paneling, pink tile, and pink drapes. The carpet (which is everywhere) is new, and the entire side of the house that faces the golf course is windowed.

We love the location and the view, but I am looking forward to having nice kitchen and bathrooms again, and having space for all our belongings. We have filled the two-stall garage from floor to ceiling with boxes and furniture that won’t fit in the little bungalow.  But for the time being, the place meets our needs and we have affectionately dubbed it “The Caddy Shack.”

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For the first two nights, we slept on a air mattress while we waiting for the moving van to arrive with our stuff.

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Right on time!

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Relieved to see the Big Green Egg arrive safely!

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Halfway through the process and the garage is starting to fill up. By the time we were done it was floor to ceiling!

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Great views, once you look past the paneling and pink drapes …

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No patio, but we created a little out door sitting area where we enjoy watching the golfers

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We are on the corner of the eighth green and the 9th tee box. Because of the location, we don’t get any stray golf balls hitting the house.

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One room is set up as our “project room” where we share a desk and are managing the construction project. The room is full of architectural drawings, sketches, material samples, etc.

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