"The area from Battery Park down to the Coast Guard Station, as you probably know, is all reclaimed land. There's actually a monument that describes how this came about and who the city fathers were whose idea it was to create the Boulevard [Murray Boulevard].
"Patti and I had been looking for a home to begin a new phase in our lives. We sold our information technology company and I wanted to start another career as a writer.
"We had started the business when I retired from the Navy. We were headquartered in Fairfax County, Virginia, near the Washington, D.C. area. From the company's inception until we moved the headquarters here, we provided software, engineering services, and systems integration services. We had 215 employees when we sold it. We were not tiny but we certainly were not a really big company.
"I couldn't talk Patti into even considering going to Greenwich Village, which is where I wanted to live. She was not in favor of going to New York. Our daughter and granddaughters live in this area and she wasn't enamored with the idea of leaving them.
"We rented for a little while on Motley Lane down by the Market. We really liked downtown living but living that close to the Market was a little noisy. So when we found this house was on the market, we decided we would give it a try.
"This is a much quieter neighborhood, especially at night. During the day, we see horse-drawn carriages go by every so often. There are people walking, rollerblading, and jogging — moving around pretty much all day long. We get some tourist traffic into the evening, but for the most part it's pretty quiet and very friendly.
"The neighborhood is very convenient for walking. I walk around the neighborhood at least two or three times a week and I walk from here to College of Charleston, where I take creative writing classes during the school year. This is just about our dream house." —as told to Jason A. Zwiker
About the neighborhood: The Boulevard section of the peninsula was actually added in the early 20th century by filling in the marsh and extending the seawall. Today it is an area prized by joggers and walkers for the scenic harbor view.