Picture this from your front window – a beautiful view of 3 mountain peaks, 2 valleys below, and just steps from your backdoor, a secluded lake. The place you call home is set atop a hill, made of stone, and set amongst three other stone buildings, all of which are accessible only by a secluded country, dirt road. The trip to the hilltop takes 55 minutes one-way. One of the buildings houses a below-groundwater pool that, in the past, housed exotic fish. The beauty of the estate and its breath-taking views mask its utility as a fire watch tower.
Now picture, just beyond view, decades of disrepair, years of neglect and piles of refuse and debris. Washers, dryers, rugs, furnishings and other debris litter the hillside like a decades-collage comprised of cut-out styles from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.
This house was built over many years by one man. Upon his death the family decided to clean up the property of junk and debris on the side of the hill and sell the approximate 60 acres of prime Real Estate.
While a typical junk removal job requires four hours to complete, it took four days, 35 trips in the old pickup, and a few Tums (we were concerned about getting stuck in our own tire tracks) to get up and down that mountain to remove the debris and waste that had accumulated over the past 70 years.
But, it was worth it, because the view was breathless.