My Price of a Car Home
480sq ft and purchased in the last few weeks for $25k total. Nothing's been done to it yet except the old carpet removed.
It's a tiny studio house, no bedrooms, just one large living room-like space, a modest sized complete bathroom and a small kitchen/laundry. Located in the sort of west near a major city, built in the early fifties. The yard is quite large and fenced, even has four young fruit trees, and the neighborhood is decent, so far quiet, middle class of all tiny homes (not as tiny as mine, they have bedrooms) built in the 50's also.
It came with most appliances in very good condition, and I inherited a plethora of very interesting heating units, including an old gas heater with flames in front like a gas 'woodstove', which is awesome. All checked out, they all work except for a fan on one unit. It has a few issues that will cost me, some large dead and dying trees need to be removed pronto, appliance bought and some electric work. Overall, I'm surprised at all the things that are not wrong with it.
This was the only place I could afford without a mortgage, and I couldn't have been approved as my income over the last two years hasn't been enough to qualify. This left me stuck in my former home, and a gov subsidized mortgage but without the means of maintaining the full sized house. It was a great garden with a rapidly decrepifying structure in the middle. I finally sold it, also for very cheap and cash. It went to good buyers (if I must say, like myself) who intend to live there and make it their dream home. I felt I did not want to turn around and buy a foreclosure, although I looked at some, they were larger homes and I didn't want the problems, fix up bills, bad neighborhoods or maintenance. When this came along, and wasn't a short sale I jumped on it within five min of being shown around. It needs the carpet replaced, some junk cleared, and two large trees removed, but hey, I thought a gutted house was in my future so this is great. It's far from perfect but honestly I love the size and look forward to maintenance and improvements being a fraction of what a large house would be.
It took a lot of courage and years of research to find an area to search, part with my old job and house, and finally a year total to sell my old home. As a single person with only paid professional help to rely on, things can get real scary. I realize not everyone could live in a place this small, wish I could post the yard pics, it's really big for such a tiny place, but they show the neighbor's houses too clearly. I feel really lucky right now and just wanted to share this with everyone.