What were your important considerations when deciding on a place to live?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
Hostess
2575 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are in the very, very early stages of home shopping (as in, we’re studying what’s available but about a year away from being ready to buy.. not even sure we’re committed to staying in the area we currently live).  Our “must have” lists are so incredibly different sometimes, it’s funny.

 

Mine:

  • Modern kitchen
  • Big, fenced backyard
  • Pool
  • Modern bathroom (shower and tub separate)
  • Fireplace
  • Hardwood floors

 

His:

  • Big lot (as in, tons of acres)
  • Pretty modern looking 
  • Nice front porch
  • Hardwood floors
  • In the country

 

Post # 4
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1007 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We were so picky with our location (literally wanted in ONE subdivision with about 650 houses), our only criteria was four bedrooms. We ended up getting an amazing house tho! Well, we still have not closed yet, so it is not ours yet. 

Post # 5
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4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Firstly our home had to be 1 floor or have room for a residential elevator to be installed (I’m in a wheelchair) so that automatically narrowed it down. Its so hard to find a 1 story home that isn’t terribly small and/or outdated – usually elderly people are living in them and they are just needing to be completely renovated.

Other than that our main requirements were

1. Nice, safe area. This was most important.

2. Updated kitchen

3. Basement (finished) and garage. These were my FI’s big requirements

4. Hardwood floors.

5. At least 3 bedrooms and 2 baths

6. Decent size yard

 

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We were interested in living in a certain neighborhood within a 4 block by 7 block area. We chose this area to be able to walk to dozens of awesome restaurants, bars, stores and numerous bus lines. We hate driving. We wanted at least 2 bedrooms, and a small backyard. Didn’t care about new-ness or really the physical aspects of the house, other than it had solid contruction and no major repairs required. We got a 3 bedroom house in our desired area, nice backyard with mature fruit trees, across the street from a lake. We’re slowly doing renovations, though we could turn and sell this place very easily!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  School district was a big factor for us. That was what helped us narrow down areas. We also wanted to live in a safe area that would also provide us a decent commute to work. In terms of what we were looking for in a house, this is our list (in no particular order):

  • Very little repair work
  • Finished basement
  • Updated kitchen
  • Open spaces
  • Garage
  • Decent sized backyard that was fairly flat.

  We actually found our house on the first trip out! We were incredibly lucky.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

When we bought our house our list was:

  1. Open floor plan
  2. No older than 5 years
  3. Not on a busy road or near commercial development
  4. No white kitchens (gotta be wood cabinets baby) 
  5. Double garage
  6. Large master ensuite
  7. Modern, nothing huge dated/ugly that I’d want to replacea 

We knew the areas we were looking in were good and we loved them so we just had to find the perfect house within there. And we love it!

Post # 9
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2534 posts
Sugar bee

We’re going to be TTC soon, so we were looking for something that would work for us now, as well as when we have a baby. We`re not ready to buy yet, so we are renting. We looked at quite a few townhouses but the ones in our budget were pretty small and not that great. So we ended up looking for condos. Our requirements were:

* 2 bedroom, possibly 3

* 2 bathrooms

* Washer and dryer in the actual unit, not just the building

* Dishwasher

* Elevator in the building

We ended up finding a great condo in our price range with 2 bedrooms plus a small office, 2 bathrooms, and all of the other things we wanted. The building also has a pool and a party room, which is a nice bonus.

Post # 10
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1468 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Within reasonable driving distance to excellent health care.   Views on things really change as you get older.  LOL

Post # 11
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785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

-Safe, as in “sometimes I want to walk my dog at 2 am” safe.

-At least 2 full bathrooms

-2-3 Bedrooms

-If only 2 bedrooms, plenty of storage

-Passed a Home Inspection

-Backyard, fully fenced

-Double Garage

-Dishwasher

-Washer/Dryer

-Not close to a busy road (I would probably have a heart attack if my indoor cats or dog escaped)

-South, south-west, or west side.

-Storage…

-A fireplace would be a bonus 🙂

 

Post # 12
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820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We weren’t super picky about specific features, which I think helped us get the best deal possible. My requirements were:

1. Location that was equal commute distance for both DH and I (we work in different cities). This eliminated most of the metro-area, other than two small suburb cities. We settled on the house that was in a town that made each of our commutes about 20 minutes.

2. At least 3 bedrooms, with no more than 4.

3. Not a townhome. Has to be a freestanding, single family home.

4. Wood or tile floors on the main floor. I hate carpet, I think it’s disgusting, unsanitary and needs to be replaced way too often to keep it looking nice.

Because we didn’t have a lot of specifics, our realtor was able to really find some houses that were an amazing deal for the price. We bought ours 2 days after it went on the market. It’s 1600 square feet, 3 bedrooms with cherry wood floors throughout main level, and brand new carpet upstairs. Roof is now, stainless steel appliances are brand new (other than the fridge, we had to buy that), granite countertops are brand new, updated bathrooms, fireplace, a two-level outdoor deck, large yard (but no fence – we’ll have to put one in), floor to ceiling windows throughout great room/master bedroom, tray ceilings, attic fan, double garage. I am planning on posting pictures later today, but anyway, the story is: The less you “require,” the more likely you are to get an awesome house! My mom is also looking, and her realtor is having to skip over a bunch of gorgeous homes because they don’t have one of her required features: a sunroom. It’s too bad, because she could build one for only around $6-8000. 

We really wanted a fenced-in yard, but I’m so glad our realtor didn’t skip this house because we told her we “had to have” a fenced-in yard.

Post # 13
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11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

For our apartment, we really just wanted a nicer place with 2 bedrooms that allowed cats and wasn’t super expensive. Oh, and had central air. 

For home shopping:
– freestanding home
– no HOA fees
– 3+ bedrooms
– 1100+ sq ft
– 1.5+ bathrooms
– .25 acre+
– decent size kitchen that either needs a complete overhaul or uses space well
– 2 car garage
– central air
– not on a main road 
– decent size bedrooms and closets (you’d be surprised at how small some bedrooms/closets are around here)
– no pool 

Post # 14
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7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

When we were looking for a rental, our must haves were:

1. Location (based on commute times)

2. Good school for DS

3. Neighborhood safety

4. Allowed cats

5. Decent kitchen (we both love to cook)

6. Mancave space (we were moving in together and Mr. LK was getting an insta-family, so he wanted to have a space of his own to decompress. Note: He never really used the mancave space once we moved in. lol)

7. At least 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (I refuse to share a bathroom with DS)

8. No wall-to-wall carpeting.

 

That was it. We were pretty straight forward when looking for a rental. When we went shopping for our forever home… well that was an entirely different story. 🙂

 

Post # 15
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5839 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

What we looked for:

Close to train or subway, not too far out. DH wanted total commute to be <1 hour each way

Good Schools–even if we dont have kids, it helps with resell. We live in a great county school wise, even bad schools are good. We couldnt afford to be in the best, best schools, so we went for mid-high range based on test scores and free and reduced lunch.

Free standing house

Basement so DH’s father can live with us

Nice to have 2nd bedroom in basement so my Mom can visit often

Close to the different freeways and highways around us

We didnt want a fixer upper, but ended up with a house that needed some work

New kitchen- didnt get this, but it’s not tiny which was good enough for me

Carport or garage (we got a carport, which has been better than a garage. Most people dont park their cars in the garage LOL)

Sunny place to grow tomatoes (didnt get that, too many trees)

Post # 16
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9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

We don’t have kids yet so our requirements were pretty short and sweet.

Close to my office (I am a bear when I commute long distances.)

Safe area.

Within our budget.

Guest bedroom/office.

Actual parking place (not on street.)

Backyard or near parks to walk dog.

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