The Nagara Property
Then, after an hour or so had breezed by in pleasant company, she suggested that we head over to the property.
She picked me up in front of the town hall, and from there it took us about 15 minutes to drive to the property I had risked life and limb to view.
Tucked into a cul de sac on the Nagara outskirts, it is even more removed from city life than the rest of the town.
The house was built some 30 years ago by a retired couple, predominantly using imported Swedish lumber. The property is still in the original owners’ hands, and they have done a spectacular job of upkeep. They have also made a number of additions on the original structure.
The main building has 2 stories. The first contains the kitchen, bathroom, and living quarters. The kitchen is admittedly a bit tight, but aside from that it is perfectly functional. The bath has a spacious entryway, and features stained-glass windows. The toilet is just about what you’d imagine.
The second floor contains the bedroom, which is a cozy affair nestled into the angled roof. Across from the bedroom there is a sizable storage space that looks out onto expansive rice fields.
In front of the house, there is a spacious wooden deck also offering views of the fields. The owners were keen to tell us how they sip whiskey while watching storms come through.
The garden area is quite large, and spread out over the property. You wouldn’t notice it at first glance, but there’s a second garden tier that would work wonderfully as a barbecuing space.
Finally, there is a standalone annex across from the main building. The first floor is open to the elements and is a great space for gardening materials. The second floor was used as a bedroom for the owners’ grandchildren for sometime, and is now being used for storage. It, too, has a wide view of the surrounding rice fields.