As I type this, it almost feels surreal that it has all happened, and so quickly. Scott and I have moved to Fort Myers!

After living in Hollywood, Florida, just north of Miami for over 10 years in our current house, and almost 15 years in the South Florida area, we’ve decided to build a house on the other coast. Scott’s family is in Naples not too far and this area is way more affordable than Miami area which heavily swayed our decision.

We bought 20 acres near the new solar community of Babcock Ranch, in Charlotte county- so our property is technically in Punta Gorda. We are renting a house in Fort Myers, right on the Caloosahatchee River, while we get ready to build our “ranch” out in the woods.

 

If you followed me for a while you know that Scott and I put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into our house on 1010 Tyler Street (you can see the video here of the house- I miss my kitchen!!), living through a full-blown house renovation while I was preggers!

I documented some of the renovations in my Paleo Drop Biscuits post, as well as my Winter Blues Salad, if you want to see some of the journey. The house was in need of some love and TLC when we bought it after having been a long term rental and by the time we sold, there wasn’t one part of that house we hadn’t touched.

Our home was a cute 1940s beach bungalow, with my dream kitchen, and we built great outdoor space for entertaining and grilling, with Scott doing a lot of the finish work.
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19 acres of undeveloped land near the new solar community of Babcock Ranch, Florida.

But now we will have a clean slate for building exactly what we want which is extremely exciting! Right now, our property has nothing on it but wild hogs!

I’ve created a new Instagram handle, Bungalow2Barn, to document the adventure so be sure to follow along on this handle for real-time updates.

We’re renting a very cute mid-century mod house, right not the river, that is a great creative incubator while we work on this next chapter which will open a lot of possibilities for us in the world of cooking, outdoor entertaining and outdoor lifestyle.

Oh, and I am going to have a lot of dogs! Stay tuned!

 

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Our new home for the next year and a half is a classic mid century modern. It is on a half acre on the Caloosahatchee River where it meets a canal, giving us water on 2 sides and And an amazing view of “beautiful island”, an island nestled in the river. While this house is supposedly less square footage than our old house, it feels surprisingly bigger. This house was built in 1959 and has terrazzo floors, and a classic pink bathroom, an ugly kitchen 😬, amazing closet space compared to our old 1944 bungalow, and a screened in porch that is giving us relaxing sunset views🙌🏻one major Bonus is that Scott and I finally get to have dedicated offices! Previously he was working out of the laundry room! 😂. In next posts I’ll be sharing more pics of the alligator(s) that live in the river. I’ve named them Al and Al Jr, who is baby who lives under the mangroves in the canal. 🐊🐊🐊how would you feel about water front property albeit with alligators? . . . . . #midcenturymodernhome #midcenturystyle #midcenturyliving #fortmyersflorida #coastalhomes #caloosahatchee #riverfront #glamper #glamperlife #rvliving #floridalifestyle #floridasaltlife #alligator #floridadastyle #bungalow2barn #grillgirlrobyn

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Follow along on Instagram to see all the updates. And the alligators, Al and Al Jr., in the river. I won’t be paddleboarding in this river again after seeing a few gators!
If you know of any fun spots in Southwest Florida I should check out, please let me know! It’s exciting to learn and explore a new area and I’d love to make some new friends!