For years, we’ve contemplated how to create a place where we could celebrate all the things in life that we value: gardening, cooking, music, art and friendship. We’ve jokingly called it Canappela Compound. Canappela is blending of our last names and “compound,” well we can’t think of an alternative word. We’re not quite sure if we are of the commune or kibbutz mindset.
Last year, while dealing with the impending death of a mother and looking to sell some San Francisco property that had once been in a transitional neighborhood was now white hot in a trendy social media location-- the value was clearly climbing/peaking, we happened on a stunning piece of property in Sonoma, Ca. We had lived there for 18 years in a weekend home and we were now ready to look at it as our retirement community.
We knew we wanted to be as close to the town square as we are now and we also hoped to have some land to grow veggies on and have some chickens. So when we heard about a 1-acre parcel that had been designed by a flipper to appeal to urban gardeners wanting to expand into more nature, there was little to ponder.
Canappela Farm (our new name for the property) became ours in August 2015. See the realtor pictures of the cottage and property-- creatively brought up to date in good taste. Now we just to put our imprint on it to make it uniquely ours.