"There are needs in this world for which your specific talents are ideally suited, and when the world's needs are matched with the creative expression of your talents, your purpose-your dharma-is realized".
In 1996, at the age of 25, Kara purchased her first property, a historic, multi family home near Downtown Kalamazoo. Not knowing or even imagining what would come of it, Kara set out on an adventure.
The home needed LOTS of love. Although she had no prior experience, she took the role of steward very seriously and set out to do her best.
Time spent pouring over the home quickly led to a new found passion for painting, restoration and even interior design. Through this, Kara was able to renovate and restore her first home while also building a business to extend the same service to others.
15 years later in 2011, her now thoughtfully renovated, historic beauty shows its appreciation and Kara's Kottages was born.
"Every action generates a force of energy that returns to you in kind"
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In 1996, Kara's decision to purchase her first multi-family home was originally driven by a fantasy of renting a beautiful and well maintained home to appreciative tenants seeking a peaceful quality of life in a carefully restored and renovated home.
Fast forward 15 years.. In 2011, after fulfilling her obligations to the house, her tenants and her mortgage company, a decision was made to seek out another demographic and Kara's Kottages was born. Good bye tenants, hello guests!
As an idealist that a better quality of life can derive from time spent in beautiful surroundings with good energy, opening her first home to the public was a natural progression for this, now retired landlord and paint contractor.