- 5 years ago
Here’s the situation:
You are house hunting ( and have been for a while) with not many leads. You find 2 properties with great potential. They both satisfy the pro and con list, with each bringing something to the table.
Property 1 is located in the city limits, and in a subdivision with relatively small ( less than .5 acre lots). The house itself meets the requirements, it’s close to all amenities such as shopping, restaurants, grocery stores. Work commute basically stays the same ( roughly 1 hour/one way). Cons include: lot size, minor cosmetic changes and overall location. It’s close to busy intersections, busy neighborhood and close proximity to neighbors.
Property 2 is located outside city limits, but comes with large amounts of land ( think 7+ acres depending on if the parcel is split, can be up to 20 acres). The home is OK, meets basic requirements ( sq ft is great, layout is nice) but needs some updating, but it has amenities the other home doesn’t such as detached garage, barn, pool, creeks, caves and property is surrounded by beautiful farms. The work commute is now more 1 hr + /one way, and it would put us 15-20 minutes to shopping, restaurants but grocery and gas stations are nearby.
Short version: to Bees who are larger property owners, and who also work/commute, is the extra time worth it? Do you feel like the sacrifice is worth the reward of a more peaceful lifestyle? For those who live in the city or suburbs, do you feel like you’re able to have your own space? Do you feel like you use the amenities close to you?
Just curious. DH and I will be first time homeowners and we are really taking our time finding what is right for both of us. The commute for him is about half what it is for me in either location.