Off To Ventura On Business
You won't see much of me here tomorrow because we are meeting a prospective tenant in Ventura . It's a three-hour trip one way from Paso Robles, not counting rest stops. I am a reluctant traveler on these day business trips. Many times they are futile and disappointing if the deal doesn't seem right or the tenant appears not to be financially viable.
Currently we have two commercial tenants occupying the two downstairs shops. One is the Sticky Fingers Bakery, which sells many gluten-free goodies. You can see some of them in the display case in the top photo. In the photo below, you see the front of the bakery. That's the owner you see sitting at the table through the window. They have quite an active Facebook page and do a good business.
The other business, the one pictured below, is attaboy Vintage, an antique store. It's now something else, since the owners decided they would do better selling on eBay. I will take a photo tomorrow of what it is now. What you need to notice is the stairway leading upstairs. The upstairs unit is the largest of all of them. It is divided into three rooms. That is the unit we are hoping to rent tomorrow. The woman says she is sure she wants it. Two other prospective tenants also said that, and then would not supply the needed financial information on the application for us to make a positive decision.
We will travel through some lovely country in Santa Barbara County on the way. We normally take 101 to Highway 154 through Cachuma Pass. We vary this a bit now because Buellton has the cheapest gasoline so we stop there. Then we take Highway 246 through Solvang to meet Highway 154 before we pass Cachuma Lake. The photo below shows a part of Cachuma Lake we saw when we stopped on the way home after one trip to walk the path near the Bradbury Dam Observation Point. That was in November, 2013, and the lake had been hard hit by our California drought. I wonder how much more the level has gone down now, with little rain having fallen since then.
I'm not sure what new adventures await us tomorrow on our journey, but I do hope the trip contributes to our renting the upstairs space. It has been vacant for much too long, and we do need the income. But renting to the wrong tenant can be a nightmare. Maybe sometime I'll share some of those horror stories.
Is anyone else here a landlord?
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