Arnie and I just returned from a trip to the Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, Virginia areas, where we looked at several very promising properties. We were focused primarily on a beautifully serene place 20 miles south of Charlottesville in pastoral Albemarle County—700 acres and spacious lawns shaded by old oak and beech trees, a large barn that could be renovated into a meditation hall and dormitories, a quartz mansion in disrepair but basically sound, including plenty of rooms for residents and guest students, and a wonderful meditation hall space and meeting rooms on the ground floor. We began negotiations with an offer of $550,000, estimating another $200,000 or more for basic repair work, but a higher offer from another party will probably be accepted. We also visited a farm near Shepherdstown, West Virginia, that is on the National Historic Registry and belongs to a family who would like to insure its care to the Community of Mindful Living. We are discussing the details of a possible "merger" with this family.
Now, after two years of looking almost exclusively in the D.C./Virginia area, we have decided to open the doors wide to find the right place wherever it may be in this country. We are also considering smaller, less expensive places. Your input, as always, will be greatly appreciated. —Therese Fitzgerald