I'm planning to shift gears in the near future. Instead of continuing to toil at a job I dislike (but am good at and make money from) I want to do other things -- activities I enjoy. Artistic projects, motorcycle trips and all kinds of fun.
To facilitate this, I plan to close my professional office and buy a place I can use as my headquarters. I've developed a list of qualities I'm looking for in such a place. At first I considered a commercial/industrial building but their price includes a premium simply for business zoning rights. Since I won't be overtly engaging in business activity, I can avoid that price-bump by buying a residential property and use it for my particular purpose and not as a home. (I plan to continue living at my current residence.)
As a Boy Scout (be prepared!), I've already starting looking even though I'm a year or two away from making this transition. I've travelled all over Long Island in search of the right spot.
I just spotted one place that's wonderful. It costs a little bit more than I want to spend but I could afford it. If it's still on the market next year, I might snap it up.
What do you think of this space? It's on the water.