Post # 77
we live in a 2 bd apartment in a 100 year old building! we wanted to buy a house, but it wouldn’t financially savvy of us since we don’t plan on staying in this area long-term.
I’d rather live in a small townhouse rather than a McMansion. thought of all that space freaks me out!
ETA: houses in our area can go for about $100K, but they are OLD. newer house are $300-$500k, and some larger (5bd and up) houses are $700k+
Post # 78
I’m in Dallas and our house (built in 2006) cost us $127,500 and is just under 1600 sq ft (single story-3bed 2bath) We have an en suite with a separate tub and shower, but no media room. And it’s definitely not anywhere close to a mansion. I think it’s the perfect size for a “starter” home…we’ll probably at least try to stay in it until we have a 2nd child (and right now we don’t have any). I love love love the size and the fact that it’s one story. Cleaning is a breeze! Texas in general is so affordable.
Post # 79
@Stace126: I agree with the others who are jealous you can get a house under 100k (or even 300k). We are in the process of buying our first home and it’s a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom split that’s costing us 405k. part of the price is due to the fact that we picked a town with a good school district, but most houses here fall into that range. And it needs to have some updates.
Oh and we have no master suite. The rooms are just normal. Not really big.
Post # 80
@Stace126: We just bought a home from 1929. Hardwoods and gumwood trim throughout. Beautiful fireplace, finished basement but it still has the original part of the fireplace where you take the ashes out… it’s a beautiful home. New construction is too sterile for me!
You can view the thread about our home here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/i-think-we-found-our-dream-home-pic-heavy#axzz2qas1LuS7
Post # 81
I can’t watch house hunters because i want to strangle people when they say “Oh man, 150k is a lot, our max is 100k for a 3 bed 2 bath move in ready home!”
I live in metro NY, our very normal very modest house is valued at over 500K. 100K can get you like a tiny terrible co-op in a bad neighborhood!
Post # 82
@Stace126: In the area we live in (in Toronto, in a sought after neighbourhood – we live in a building, not a single family home) it would be 700-800k to buy a house. And that house would be a fixer upper, older home as this is an older area of the city. We just don’t want to spend that kind of money.
We’re looking 1hr outside of the city (in a smaller city, it would be highway driving to work all the way for both of us, and the entire route is built up. The highway here runs straight through several cities. So where Toronto ends, the next city starts on the other side of the road… and this continues for quite a ways.) The houses we’re looking at are between 550k and 600k. They are new builds. They’re 2500 sq feet, with a tiny postage stamp sized yard, the basement is unfinished (we’d finish it out within the first couple of years.) There are master suites, with double sinks, a shower, a soaker tub, etc. We won’t get stainless steel appliances because I hate the look of them. We’d get black. It’ll go well with the dark cabinets I love. I’m not sure we’d go granite for the countertop. Possibly. I know the houses are hardwood through most of it and broadloom in the bedrooms (I have some pretty wicked indoor and outdoor allergies and carpet is a huge trigger. We will upgrade to hardwood throughout.)
These houses definitely aren’t mansions though. They’re 4 bedrooms, 3-4 bathrooms, with garages. They are lovely homes, but not mansions.
Post # 83
@Stace126: i was looking for my first house last year. every single townhouse i looked at had a separate tub and shower and double sinks in the master bath.
but the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms were super small.
i ended up buying a single family house with a large master bedroom, decent sized 2nd and 3rd bedrooms. my masterbath had a large whirlpool tub but i gutted the bathroom and put a large shower with bench in it instead.
my next house will have double sinks.
also, i gutted my kitchen. it had original formica counter tops and terrible cabinets. i replaced the cabinets and put granite counter tops in.
but i spent a lot more money on my house than you did.
for $100,000, i’d have to buy a house in a bad section of our city and gut the entire house or live an hour outside the city and the house would probably still need a decent amount of work.
Post # 84
Also, I have to say I get insanely jealous that people can buy houses for under 100k. My best friend bought a 1 bed 1 bath (with a storage locker, but without a parking space) last year. It’s less than 600sq ft (I think its closer to 500). And she paid 325k!
It’s so frustrating to watch house hunters or similar and people buy these big homes for way less than that. There’s a lot of “hold up, rewind that, where are they?”
Post # 85
@Stace126: Our house is not a mansion, but we do have a master suite, separate bathroom with a separate shower and spa. We have a theatre room, but that’s because we have two living areas 🙂 it’s worth over $600,000 but that’s not overly expensive where I live. To get a nice family home not far from the CBD is usually at least $500,000 and we only live 20 mins out.
Post # 86
I live in a 2br/1ba 1920 bungalow that’s under 1000sqft.
The outlets in the bedroom have recently decided not to work, and there is no basement since it’s Houston, so it really is a SMALL amount of space.
Post # 87
@Stace126: to buy a starter home where we are – which would likely be a townhome, attached on both sides, with 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms we’re looking at probably 350k. A 500 sq ft condo here will run you 250k and up.
Where FH is from, his brother bought a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house for about 60k, that same house here would be about 200k, possibly more.
A lot of people I know have bought homes that need love and fixed them up and put a lot of money in to them.
I don’t know anyone with a home theatre, but I know lots of people with granite and stainless steel.
Post # 87
McMansion to me sounds like a very derogatory term. Which confuses me, because you also said that the poster should get whatever feels like home to them. What about the people that home to them is a large, non-claustrophobic house with a master suite, etc.? It seems a bit contradictory to me. I’m not trying to insult or anything, I’m just a bit confused.
Post # 88
You’re probably not going to get a response when dragging up old threads.
Post # 89
I don’t really think the age of the thread matters. If the poster didn’t want people commenting after a certain time I’m sure they would have deleted it. These threads are open forever (that is unless the admins close it because of length or inappropriate content).
Post # 90
+ 1000. I live in a nice ish but pretty normal apartment in the UK. It has two beds one bath living room and kitchen! A lot of the homes you see on the bee are incredible it’s weird how different it is here! X