Are You in a Box?

Wings2WAugust 24, 2004

I guess I am. Not interested in DS (also single) advice on buying a house. Her recent sold at $670+++. (A bit out of my category.)

I found a great house, older with a wraparound porch, hardwood floors, yard, fruit trees, etc. Before I could check the particulars the listing had been pulled. I'm trying to find out the details. She thinks I'm in a box in what I want. I think she's in a different box. Doesn't want a golf course view!

Anyone else own their own boxes? Is just hard when family beats you up.

Tx,

Wing

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Carrie B

What do you mean by "box", wing? Are you using the term "box" to mean house? Or do you mean you're heart is set and you won't go outside the box when thinking about what you want? Please give us more details!

When I decided to buy a house five years ago, I knew I wanted an older house with character. The house you wanted with a wraparound porch sounds lovely. I also wanted outdoor space (not an automatic thing in the city!) in which I could garden, and I wanted to live somewhere that I'd feel safe walking home after dark. Luckily, I feel safe almost everywhere and Philly's got a lot of beautiful, funky, old rowhomes. I got what I wanted and would not have settled for less.

I also bought a house "on the border" in terms of a desireable neighborhood; it was what I could afford. But the house has more than doubled in value since I purchased it, and the neighborhood is improving at a rapid rate.

Best of luck to you,

CarrieB

    Bookmark   August 25, 2004 at 3:40PM
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berain

Share a "box" with Mom.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2004 at 11:26PM
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bunnyman

I built my home about 7 years ago. Love my home and it is one of the great treasures life has let me enjoy. Nice enough that people remark, "wow, you live here?".

: )
michael

    Bookmark   August 26, 2004 at 2:58AM
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Faulks_Z5

If you are in a box, Wing, stay in it! Given the amount of time we spend in our homes, shouldn't they be as close as possible to what we really want and feel comfortable in? Each person is unique and our personalities are reflected in our homes.

My home is my favorite place to be. The place you described with its wrap-around porch and hardwood floors sounds like a great "box" to me.

Carolyn

    Bookmark   September 2, 2004 at 5:27PM
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lpinkmountain

I bought my first home last year. It was a long, depressing journey, but one with a happy ending. I believe that when you find the right house you will know immediately, it will speak to you and say "Welcome Home." And if you are willing to wait long enough and look hard enough, the right one will come along. Hardly a week goes by now when I don't think to myself how much I like my new house, (new to me, built in 1929). You just have to have faith and keep looking, which is hard to remember when you are tramping around the realestate market. Now if only that same strategy worked with men. I need a male-estate agent. :-)

    Bookmark   September 7, 2004 at 7:11PM
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Faulks_Z5

Oh, LPM, I am *very* jealous of you in your 1929 house! I lived in one for 6 years and renovated it, loving every minute of the renovation. Bought it in the right neighborhood for $80,000 and sold it six years later (the first day) for $236,000. Then I paid cash for my very ordinary subdivision house. Everyone says the "new" house is better because it's twice as large as my little 1929 Tudor, but I'd go back in a heartbeat if I could. They don't put the character and workmanship into the subdivision houses that went into the 1929 architecture.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2004 at 11:52PM
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Wings2W

Wow! That's awesome! I do agree about the character too.
I could run a realtor into early retirement looking at the older houses. Alas, most aren't within my budget so they're safe.

I will remain in my present box/way of thinking until I find what I need.

Wing

    Bookmark   September 8, 2004 at 4:16AM
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lpinkmountain

Wings, I see that you live in CA. I'm sure the housing market there adds a lot of grief to your quest for a reasonably priced home. Too bad you don't live in MI, you could pick up my parents' gorgeous georgian style house, cherry stained woodwork throughout, huge windows, leaded glass, fireplace, wraparound porch, nice yard, close to town, 1 full/two half baths, etc. for a SONG. But then of course what would you do in the rust belt to make a living? :-(

    Bookmark   September 8, 2004 at 10:47AM
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centralcacyclist

I have a house in CA. Thankfully my home has increased in value in the past few years. The equity may serve to put my kids through college in a few years.

It is constant work and expense but the rewards are tangible: a nice home to live in and increased property values.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2004 at 2:52PM
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Faulks_Z5

LPM: That house sounds really appealing to me! "For a song?" What is "a song" in MI? I think I must be dreaming to think I'd really move, though. Real estate is very expensive where I live, and the owners of the cherry orchard behind my house keep threatening to subdivide and build on it. I'm fortunate in that I don't *have* to work -- it just makes my life a lot easier.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2004 at 8:32PM
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Wings2W

Wow PM! Tempt me some more.

Only been in Kalamazoo when grandparents lived there. I remember it being cold in November.

I wouldn't have to work full-time but some would be necessary. What do people in MI do?

Lowly civil servant here,

Wing

    Bookmark   September 9, 2004 at 8:12PM
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bunnyman

What do people in Michigan do?

We play in the water. Michigan is refered to as The Great Lakes State or Water Winter Wonderland. Walking on beachs, fishing, sailing, are just a few of the things people do on the lakes. While the lake water is cold most of the year it has no sharks or jellyfish like the oceans. In the winter people ride snowmobiles for fun and slide into the ditch sometimes. If snow bothers you just cross Michigan off your list of places to live. We don't have any orange or palm trees but grapes and cherries grow well. The larger cities have art centers for plays and concerts. The Indians have built a casino on every corner in the state if you like to gamble.

I like to play farmer on my little 10 acre chunk of land and grow a few thousand christmas trees. After work I often stop by a small town bar where I'm treated like family. A bartender just gifted me with home canned pickles and dilly beans. Once a year I hop over into Canada and take advantage of the exchange rate to live it up at a theater festival for a couple days. This year I saw Guys & Dolls and Macbeth. The nearest city is 40 miles from my house so on a clear night I can see stars that most city folks don't even know exist. On weekends my friends often have football or nascar parties that are potluck with 12-25 people attending. The guys usually put on a grilling competition and have elevated chicken to an art form. Lots of peace and quiet at my house.

: )
michael

    Bookmark   September 10, 2004 at 12:48PM
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mskeetpod

bunnyman,
I saw you grow christmas trees. Do you ever sell seedlings. or small trees. I have been trying to find some to grow on my place. Hard to find in South Texas.
Trudy

    Bookmark   September 10, 2004 at 6:25PM
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bunnyman

Trudy

I've not sold any smaller trees do to contractual obligations with my christmas tree crop. I'm currently setting up to produce seedlings. You will want to find a variety that is suited for Texas climate.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2004 at 10:58AM
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mskeetpod

Thanks, had to ask. The they only sell pine trees here.
Trudy

    Bookmark   September 12, 2004 at 12:46AM
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Wings2W

Trudy...

Maybe you could find something suitable here.

We couldn't grow half the things Bunnyman can in Michigan and I suspect Texas is the same.

Why does it seem like everything in life is a "trade-off."
Maybe because it is eh?

Wing

Here is a link that might be useful: Arbor Foundation

    Bookmark   September 12, 2004 at 11:20AM
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mskeetpod

Thanks, Wing
Never looked at it this way. Always tried doing it anyway. Usually works too.Never know 'til you tried.
Trudy

    Bookmark   September 12, 2004 at 8:05PM
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lpinkmountain

Michael, I'm trying to keep my home state a secret. I don't think we should let on about how nice it is or everyone will want to live there and then it will be just like NJ or CT, two gorgeous states I drove through this weekend that are unfortunately just oozing with people and all their "accoutrements" so that you can hardly appreciate the real natural beauty of the place. I hope MI is spared at least some of that fate. Not that I think human habitation is always ugly, but a lot of modern developments are. I like more of a balance. I'll tell you what you don't do back in my home state, and that's work in manufacturing. I was also so saddened to see all the boarded up businesses in Grand Rapids. And many of the cultural institutions are suffering.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2004 at 5:21PM
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Wings2W

I suppose, "Where we are is where we need to be."

Born/raised in Montana I know of cold/ice/snow. I do miss the seasons but can drive a short hour and play in snow if I want. Almost two hours and walk along the beach.
I had never even SEEN the ocean until I was 21. Nothing compares to Big Sur and Monterey. Vandenburg AFB is awesome!

I've not been to Hawaii...just a hop/skip/jump but always too tourist for me. I have heard this is even better ocean/scenic wise.

I've been on the other coast and just different strokes for different people. I don't really think we are friendlier, as many think, but our pace and priorities are different. No way would I take the train/subway 2 hr. to work. Not in this lifetime anyway. I truly enjoy 6 minutes, with AM traffic, to my office. :)

Would I leave? Maybe. Might be I'll find a cabin in the woods somewhere and do just fine. Guess I'd have to have my 'puter though! ;)

Wing

    Bookmark   September 13, 2004 at 7:24PM
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