The Sudos who won the bid at 5 million yen and live in Kanagawa prefecture

Yes, I designed the Sudos’ home. Oh, they told you to ask me about the house? Fine.

It was a difficult location. In Kamakura, many streets were so narrow; we had a hard time with construction.

Land was 5 million yen; 118 square meters but 40% were steep slope so probably nobody really paid attention to it. The base bid price was 6.1 million yen, so I recommended a bid just above the minimum bid price.

No, I had no idea; I rather thought it would be better not to win the bid, for me, because designing would be difficult, and even the building permit could not be obtained until acquiring the public strip between the lot and the street from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

I got nervous when Mr. Sudo told me he won the bid. Of course he thought a house would be built. It was fortunate for us that we could get the pubic strip in two months, for it often takes up to six months in the bureaucratic maze.

The neighbor, the old lady, was kind enough to sell us her land, so that a small car can now pass through to the plot. In the construction, we used cables to transport building materials. The contractor said he would not work with me any more; he always says that.

Have you seen the house? The entrance is on the second floor; stairs takes you down to the first and up to the third. My job is to take advantage of the location. I am rather proud of the finished product.

Will I bid on land? I have been busy, so when I get some time I will look for something. But land like that is rare, so an excessive expectation is not welcome.

There seems to be a latent link between land and people. A person appears to pick out a plot of land, but in fact the land is choosing the person. I think it was so with the Sudos; otherwise how could he win the bid at that price. I think it was so.

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