Million Dollar View at Half the Price
Local gatherings flourish at the home of Mike Martino’s Loleta cottage. Whoever said you had to write a seven figure check for a million dollar view must not have been shopping in the right neighborhood.
While many flock to the city for a fast-paced life, there’s still an abundance of others who prefer the great outdoors.
Mike Martino’s house hunt began in December of 2011 and ended almost as quickly as it began. Lasting less than a month, Mike knew when he found the cottage that his search was over. “When you find the right place, you just know it,” he said. After the owners offered to carry the loan, there was no way Mike could refuse. With the dash of his pen, Mike signed the contract and moved in to what still feels like a dream.
As noon approached, this writer and Mike walked along the properties 11 acres. A curved wooden fence guided us through the property’s Redwoods. Mike’s cottage sits at the peak of a hill and boasts 1,350 unique square feet. “I plan to add on one day,” Mike said, “I want to build a second floor above the garage, it could be the bachelor pad part of the house.”
The house was built in 1976 and remodeled in 2006. Thirty years after its original construction, the kitchen remains the heart of the home. As you step off the patio, you’ll find yourself soaking in the bright lights. The color yellow warms the walls and brings with it a warm sensation of relaxation and comfort.
The front view of Mike’s cottage reveals how close you are to the pastures next door. Loleta is no more famous for their cheese as they are for their spectacular views. Easy access to U.S. Highway 101 makes living in the country worth the drive. On a sunny day, the land becomes a gift that keeps on giving.
For now, Mike simply lies back and enjoys his new homestead while keeping himself busy with two cows that came with the property. Mike’s cottage is a hidden treasure of Humboldt County.
With privacy and panoramic views for miles, it’s easy to see why his house hunt ended as quickly as it started.