(Closed) does everyone live in a huge, new, flawless mansion?? lol

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

We live in a townhome and probably won’t buy a house for a few years, but you should just be happy that you could buy a house for $100K. Where we currently live in Arizona, we could do that, but then we would have to live in this horrible place! We want to move back to CA, so it may be a while before we can buy our first, small, modest home that will cost at least $600K…

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think it depends on the age of the TOWN where you live. I grew up in a suburb of Cleveland. All of the houses are 80-90 years old. As such, there is one bathroom. No master suite. Big yards and great, old trees. 

I now live in a suburb of DC. 10 years ago, my entire county was farmland. ALL of the houses are new construction so have those “fancy” things – master suite, separate tub/shower, etc. 

Owe e been contemplating buying a single family house and we couldnt get a house without a master suite no matter how hard we tried – they just don’t exist around here 🙂

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

And I second PP. I am so jealous of a HOUSE that is under $100,000. My 2br/2ba condo was $250k. Actual houses are generally 600+ for anything that doesn’t need tons of renovations

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I live in an old, funky apartment (as in, the rooms have been repainted so many times that the paint is like inches deep, there’s a steampipe in our bathroom that leaks nasty water every once in awhile, the elevator in my building randomly breaks, etc), so I definitely do not live in a mansion, lol! it’s actually a really big space for NYC standards, especially for what we pay, but yeah, I get house envy sometimes too! 

in terms of other people’s houses, my in-laws live in a house that is way too big and ostentatious for my taste, and it’s not even the flashiest in their area. I adore my parents’ house: it was built ~80 years ago and has some really gorgeous, unique touches and is a really manageable size–not so big that space feels wasted but not so small that you feel crowded. it has some funkiness too though–the furnace is ancient and so the house is always freezing in the winter. 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t live in a McMansion or aspire to. If you can find a home that feels like home to you then you are doing well. Personally I like older homes. They are pretty trendy within Toronto, although in the suburbs almost everyone wants something new and can get it cheaper than anything anywhere near downtown. I find even older suburban homes are often more liveable. It’s largely a matter of taste. My fiance’s sister just bought a huge McMansion in the farthest possible suburb. They have four bedrooms for 2 people. Everything is nicely decorated but I don’t feel it has the type of character or neighbourhood amenities I would want.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

We live in a 30 year old townhouse that was in really rough shape when Fiance bought it, and it cost well over 200 grand. We live in a really expensive area.. You are so lucky to have a house for under 100,000! You can always update in the future if you want.

 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would LOVE to live in a McMansion! But we live in a sunburb of Boston where a 450 sqft apartment is WELL over 200k! And a condo is at LEAST 300K!

We pay $1700 for a 1BR apartment!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

In the UK 600k would buy you an ACTUAL mansion and you would probably get a title thrown in there too.Crazy how different things are!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I feel like on WB, like most places, people tend to only brag/post pics about things they have that are above average in some way. Or at least, I feel like everyone on here lives in a mansion, makes $300K a year and has a 5 ct flawless diamond on their finger ;). I’m sure in reality, many more of us live in more “typical” homes. For example, I live in an ollllld apartment in the city, which could be described by saying “it has character”. Weird pipes, strangely textured walls, old floors, no electrical outlets in the bathroom…

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Lol no. Our house was built in 1949, is 1600 square feet, and we’re constantly working on it (this morning Darling Husband tore out the makeshift chicken wire fence the previous owners had installed on the west side of the house). I am vehemently opposed to new construction and subdivisions and will never live in a new house.

We live in an expensive part of the country where you don’t get a lot of house for your money, and I’m not willing to move to the boonies to have an island in my kitchen.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Stace126:  I think it may have to do with the area you’re purchasing in.  We just purchased a home with a large garden tub, separate shower, walk in closets, but it only cost us $150k.  If I had to purchase the same house in my hometown (Mission Viejo,CA), I’d be looking at a $650k mortgage (which I totally couldn’t afford lol).  Also, we have a tiny wedding budget compared to most bees (just under $12k) and a ring that cost about $1k (moissanite) because we spent the majority of our money on our down payment. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The banks always seem to want to loan the max amount that 2 people can afford today assuming that financial situations will only improve over time. We chose instead to buy what one income could afford. No one can predict the furure and we do not want to loose our house due to illness or unemployment. We do not live in a mansion, but it is safe and we have made it our own. Simple is okay for us.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think new homes are great– it would be awesome to have all new flooring, granite counters and new appliances…

 

but it wasn’t in the cards for us.  I like our house.  It’s older, has character and has mature trees!!  Come summer when its 95+ outside, you’ll be thankful for those trees you don’t get in a new housing development!!

 

 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Our first house cost $159,000 and it was 1100 square feet, with two bedrooms and 1 bath. Our new home cost $330,000 and is 2500 square feet  and it has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. 

Our new home was built in the 40’s and it is nice, but my no means a show home or mansion. It has a big lot and a nice in ground pool in the backyard, and a detached garage. It has a home theatre in the basement and original hardwood floors. But there’s no marble counter tops, no granite. There are three fireplaces and and the house feels very loved and we love it too. We’ve already painted every room since we moved in, but we have another $50K worth of projects we would like to do to the house before its done to our liking. 

I think it all depends on the neighbourhood and location.

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