(Closed) For homeowners, how far from work is your new/soon to be house?

posted 5 years ago in Home
  • poll: How far from work is your new/soon to be house?
    Less than 5 miles : (20 votes)
    28 %
    6-10 miles : (8 votes)
    11 %
    11-20 miles : (31 votes)
    44 %
    21-30 miles : (2 votes)
    3 %
    31-50 miles : (9 votes)
    13 %
    51+ miles : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I’m a stay at home wife, but my to-be husband works about 10-20 miles away (It’s about a 10 minute drive with traffic) to the military base.

    Post # 4
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    230 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    Less than 5 miles!

    Post # 5
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    9209 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Mine’s under a mile πŸ™‚  I live in Wyoming though – we don’t really have commutes… 

    I do have to drive a lot for my job though.  It’s not so bad.  24 miles would be ok with me if it didn’t entail crappy stop-and-go traffic.  Especially if you can get a much better / cheaper house.

    Post # 6
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    1721 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    To my office….about 10 miles. But I’m a home based case manager, so I’m all around the OKC metro.

    Post # 7
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    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Mine was about 16 miles if I drove, but that would be at least a 45 minute drive in rush hour – driving into the city from a suburb. I took the train and it was about 50 minutes door to door. Eats up a lot of your day but the train was tolerable because it was down time. 

    I wouldn’t want to do more than a 20 – 25 minute drive on a daily basis, and a lot of it depends on what the traffic is like. Open roads with minimal traffic – no problem. Unpredictable traffic – forget about it. I read something once that said traffic drives people bananas because it is never “routine.” Even though you can drive the same route for years, you still end up frustrated with traffic because it is different every day. It’s routine and consistency that is important to a commute being tolerable.

    Post # 8
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    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We are closing soon on our new house and it will definitely add a lot to our commute–I’ll be about 15 miles away and Darling Husband about 22 miles away. We live in Dallas where things are pretty spread out, so most homeowners have a commute here.

    I don’t think it’s so bad. I think it’s the price you pay and the compromise you may have to make to afford the house you want. Traffic is tough but I think it’s a reasonable trade-off. I also go to a gym near my office before work, which will help a lot–it’s way easier to commute at 5:00 AM than in rush hour at 7:30 AM!

    Post # 9
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    223 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    4.1 miles from my front door to my office door but I take my daughter to school so if you add that it is a grand total of 6.4 miles πŸ™‚

    Post # 10
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    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I’m only 7 miles from work, Darling Husband is about 15 miles from work. 24 miles doesn’t sound like a lot, but it depends on traffic where you live. If I leave during prime time rush hour it takes me 30 minutes to go 7 miles.

    Post # 11
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    909 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    My work is about 6 miles (I drive) and Fiance is about 2 miles (he takes the metro). It’s definitely nice to be so close to work but I would prefer to live somewhere more rural once we move back up north.

    Post # 12
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    505 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’m a teacher also and I have to drive about 15 minutes (5 miles or so) to get to work from our house. I actually think it’s the perfect distance. Not too far or long of a commute, but far enough away from the school that I won’t regularly run into my students at every turn Wink

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    Darling Husband and I work at the same place but usually different shifts. It is a 20 mile drive for both of us each way. I make it in 20 minutes or less- much better than the 1-2 hour rush hour commute I had before!

    Post # 14
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    5273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Yep, my commute is about 32 miles :/ but what is great is that I go to work later and leave later so I get to avoid a huge chunk of traffic, so it takes me about 45-50 mins each way. I LOVE my job which is why I put up with the less than ideal commute. 

    Oh and we bought our house when I was still working at my old job, so before I took this one, I knew what to expect in terms of commute and still decided to accept it. πŸ™‚ 

    Post # 15
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    881 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Mine is 14 miles away, but in rush hour it takes 45min to an hour.  Housing is really expensive here, so a comparable house near work to the one I have now would cost $800K or even a million.  For a townhouse!

    Post # 16
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    4439 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @candy11:  I think it depends on what route you’d have to take for that many miles.  Mine is all highway so it only takes 20 minutes.

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