Well ... I'm back in Tucson. I was actually happily parked in the Elks Lodge in Indio when my Realtor called to say he had found a three bedroom two bath modular home on one acre exactly where I had been looking.
I called Patty and Pat (who happens to live a couple hundred yards behind this place) to go take a look. It's rough they said, but it looked mostly cosmetic. I must be crazy in the head, because I drove seven hours straight back to the fairgrounds where I parked the rig and raced off to meet them.
They were entirely correct .... it needs a LOT of SOMETHING. I know Dan and his tractor can make quick work of the grounds where are now covered in weeds and cactus, as well as the entry road where I can just pull my RV up to the side of the house and plug in. That's the best part.
The rest just needs paint. It has dual pane windows and absolutely no mold or mildew of any kind ... a VERY good thing. There's a huge concrete patio out back, but the screened-in part will have to go. There's even a small fenced in area for the puppies.
So here's the thing ... it's a short sale, which means it's cheap. I can back out at any time if any of my inspections don't turn out well ... like the roof, foundation, termite inspection ... that sort of thing. It is definitely a PROJECT house and I'm not sure I'm up for that. Were I just arriving in January ... maybe. But at this point, I was in the "going home" mode.
Right this moment, I'm going to lay on the couch and pray for a little more sleep. As you can imagine, I was up all night long, my brain being fried and my muscles sore from the drive. I did finally go to sleep about 2:30, but awoke to the guy next to me clanging things around in his pickup at 4:00 am.
I'll let you know how it goes.