So for about twenty years or so, you've been working hard. You've done all the right things. You've invested cautiously. You've spent wisely. You're about to turn 40 something. You're a work hard, play harder type of person. Each year you've taken your annual two-week vacations, one at the beach, one in the mountains. When it comes to the beach, you come to Ocean City. You want to wake up each morning with the smell of salt in the air and the ocean lapping against the shore. Who hasn't grown up wanting that beach house that is your private retreat? You've done the math. You've accepted the financial part of this. You are ready. You earned the right to a beach retreat.
Take a moment to reflect on your best vacation. If you're anything like me it was at the beach, sitting on the deck and playing penny poker with my Dad. Everyone, especially around here, has that one photo whether they're big or small, where they're sat out on a beach towel with some dated bathing suit and big sunglasses. After so many years of back and forth, why not own a little property on your favorite stretch of sand.It's not about you. A beach house means family. Family is escaping with me. You're letting your kids know the real joys of sun and sand. Enjoy your wife's company with a margarita. This is your happy place.
It's not about you. A beach house means family. Family is escaping with me. You're letting your kids know the real joys of sun and sand. Enjoy your wife's company with a margarita. This is your happy place.
When you own a property at your favorite vacation spot, you have guaranteed yourself to more than just a once a week two year trip. You officially don't have to worry about hotel vacancies or remembering to pack your toothbrush. This is your second home. You've kicked back here before. It already has all the comforts of home but better. It has sun, sand, and surf!
Here is your rational statement! Look, your kids grow up fast. Your family grows faster. Time is the most precious commodity. Life is short. Your time with your kids is limited. Don't pass on an opportunity to create those moments and cultivate wonderful memories with them. Before you know it? Poof! They're grown up and headed to college. Poof! They've got a family of their own. What do you want them to know as an adult? You want them to know that time with family and time with their kids is where their best moments in life are cultivated. With a beach house, you've plucked them from their day to day and focused them on their time with their parents. When you get to the beach house, your brain is instantly in vacation mode. You're willing to relax more. You're willing to adventure more. You're willing to have more fun, and your kids will see that side of you. The beach brings that out in people.
Don't limit yourself to just two weeks of that.
No one ever lies on their death bed and says “Oh boy, I should have spent more time at work!” No. You think about the time you spent with your family, your kids, your spouse. When I think about a beach house, this is what I remind myself of. It's not about what you spent or splurged, it's about the memories you made while you were there.
When you own a beach house, you are creating a space for yourself that you don't settle into the way you would at home. You still care for it with the same due diligence you would of your primary residence, but you know when you turn that key that it's vacation time. It's the fun house. It's your best trophy ever, because making memories with your friends and family is really what makes for a wonderful life.