Post # 1
Hey bees, so my FI and I are starting the research process to buy our first house! We still have a lot of time, but we are getting to know the area around our prospective job sites. Now we are weighing the longer commute with a better value on the house.
Here’s my question: How long is your work commute or what is the average commute time? How do you feel about the commute time….do you wish it were less? Could you handle more? How much driving are you willing to do each day for the perfect house?
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I live approximately a mile and a half from my office. It takes about 15 minutes to drive from my home and park at the office. It takes approximately 30 minutes if I walk from home to my office. I love living close to my office and thankfully there was a safe area to live in near my office, especially since I work downtown.
Before living so close to my office I used to commute from a suburb 20 miles away. On good days with little traffic (rarely if ever!) it took 20-30 minutes. On bad days when traffic was at its worst it would take about an hour. I would be super grumpy for about an hour after getting home from work. One evening during a rain storm it took over 2 hours to get home. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back. We started looking at places closer to my office because commuting was just too stressful for me.
They are about to open a rail system which will connect our old suburb to downtown. If that works out we may move back out to the suburb when we have kids because the homes are bigger and less expensive, plus the public schools in the suburb are ranked higher than the ones downtown.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I commute 45 minutes (35 miles) each way, and Mr. LK commutes 35 minutes (29 miles) each way. We consider ourselves very lucky to have short commutes. The average commute in our area is 60-90 minutes each way, and it’s pretty normal to commute 2+ hours each way. I did the 90 minute commute thing for a while, and it wasn’t too bad (25 minutes driving, 40 minutes commuter train, 20 minutes metro train, 5 minutes walking). Mr. Lk’s commute, before he switched jobs last summer, was about 2 hours each way (35 minutes driving, 1:15+ metro train, 10 minutes walking). He was not a happy camper, and the commute was one of the big reasons he decided to make a job change. Him not commuting like that anymore also saves us about $13 a day, which has been nice for our bank account.
I would not have minded moving a bit further out from my job if Mr. LK had already made the job change so that he could be the parent responsible for kid school emergencies. But at the time when we bought I needed to be that emergency parent, and I did not want to be more than a 30ish minute drive from my office to DS’s school. Anything up to an hours drive each way is pretty reasonable to me.
Post # 4
I commute by train and averages between 45 minutes to hour and fifteen depending on whether I get an express train.
Post # 5
MKWeddingBee: I have a 45 minute, one way commute to work.
I live in a really rural area in southern Ohio. We’re in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains and live and work along the Ohio River. So, there aren’t many routes that are straight lines from point A to point B due to all of the geographical obstacles, which makes our commutes longer.
Anyway, I don’t mind my commute. I hardly ever hit traffic; if I do, I can easily pass cars. The scenery is very pretty, too. If I had a 45 minute commute due to stop-and-go, city traffic, I would lose my mind.
I don’t think I could handle a longer commute- 45 mins is probably my max. I would love to have a 10 minute commute like I had when we lived in a suburban area.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
MKWeddingBee: When we bought our house, we purchased it close to my work (5ish miles, 15ish minutes). My schedule was weird being a grad student… I need to come in at odd hours in the day/night and weekends sometimes for experiments. My poor DH is an hour and 15 minutes from his work (75 miles each way). The commute is definitely starting to wear on him and we’ve been trying to get him transferred out here for 2 years now. It sucks bc there is one of his companies in our town, 10 minutes from our house, yet he continues to commute 🙁 His new car that was purchased in Oct. of last year around has 16k miles on it. It’s getting ridiculous and I’m so ready for it to be over!!!!!!!
Post # 6
About a minute, I telecommute so all I need to do is walk down the stairs to my office. Now days I do actually need to go in office about 30 to 45 minutes give or take traffice
Post # 8
Mine is about 5 miles and takes 20 minutes each way. It’s a good commute, but I’d really love to be able to walk to work, so I’d love to live way closer.
It’s a tough decision when you are buying, since if you buy to be close to your job and then change jobs, you might get stuck with the long commute either way. I would suggest buying in an area that you’d really like to live (not for “more house” but for amenities like a walkable neigbourhood and schools) that’s close to your work but also centrally located to hubs for other jobs.
For me, it’s always commute and location over house and lot size. Who wants to have to get in the car and drive every time you want to go to the grocery store or a restaurant? Yuck to that. Especially if you have kids that you are toting around. Much easier to just put them in the stroller and go.
Post # 9
A year ago, my fiance and I bought a house together that’s about 12-15 minute drive from our work places (we both work downtown, fairly close together). We used to live much farther away and our commute was 45 mins to an hour. When we bought our house we definitely paid for location and had to sacrifice on size and “newness” of the house but we don’t regret it for a second. We sometimes even go home for lunch or bike to work! In my opinion, shorten up the commute! Those couple hours wasted in the car or on the train/bus could be used to do other things, like work out, make a healthy meal, or just enjoying your evening more! In my opinion, all that is much more valuable than a larger house, but it depends what you guys personally want.
It’s funny because even now, over a year later, my fiance and I regularly comment how awesome it is to have such a short commute! 🙂
Post # 10
My commute is about 10-13 minutes depending on traffic. It’s about 5 miles down the road we live on. FI moves between 4 different clinics and his communte can be 5-40 minutes depending on what location he is at. I don’t think I would want to commute more than 30 minutes for a job, but depending on where we end up permenantly I have no idea what the commute could be like.
Post # 11
My commute time is about 5 minutes. I live near my kids’ school and work. I have had commutes of up to 40 minutes each way. Before kids, I didn’t mind. Now that I have kids, a commute would kill me!
Post # 12
I take public transportation, and it usually takes me about 25 minutes each way. It actually doesn’t take me much longer than that to walk, so when the weather is nice, I usually walk home at the end of the day. I love living close to work, but it’s not the only important thing. My dad has commuted an hour each way to work every day for over 25 years, and while I don’t think he LOVES it, he loves where my parents live and is willing to compromise on that.
Post # 13
My commute is 10 – 12 minutes depending on the school bus traffic. My FI’s is exactly the same in the opposite direction.
It was sort of accidental. We were willing to have a longer commute but ended up loving this house. I am SOOOOO glad we did. Having a shorter commute increases our quality of life. I don’t have to take off a day if we need to have a repair person come, I can zip home and zip back to work no problem. My dog is happier because he doesn’t have to wait long for one of us to get home. We can get a workout in quicker and still have time to enjoy our evening. We both decieded that no matter where we live next we want to stay within a 20 minute commute no matter what!
Post # 14
50 ish minutes each way. I drive to a park and ride, and ride the bus into downtown. A good portion of people in the puget sound area that work in downtown Seattle do this. If I had to drive, it would cost me 25 bucks to park each day not to mention gas and traffic. I don’t mind it too much because I typically take a nap or read and get some downtime.
Post # 15
MKWeddingBee: It might really depend on where you are and such. When I was young I had a 45 minute one way commute, but I lived in wine country, California and went to work in the more metropolitan area where the jobs were. I didn’t mind it, but I was young.
Now I live in MN and it’s only about 20 minutes. BUT in the winter that can drag out and just be much more of a hassle. Plus I’m older and crankier so I like a shorter commute.