Your friends did good. They must have made quite a profit.
In the mid 1940s land out there was dirt cheap. In the later 40s my parents paid $550 for those 2 acres of brush and scrub pine. I have no idea what it cost them to have the slab poured and bring in electricity. At first we had an outhouse, kerosene and propane lanterns. We had a hand pump for water. We went out there weekends for my father to work on the place with 2 paid helpers. We soon had electric lights, a stove, a fridge, a real bathroom, running water, a radio and later a TV. I remember it all like it was yesterday. Since none of us spent time indoors except at night, no one cared how cramped we were. When my aunt and uncle came for the weekend the table had to be moved by the front door so the Castro could be opened for them to sleep on. When granny came with them she slept on the army cot in the bedroom with my brother and myself. We had bunk beds.
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