Post # 1
Hey Bees! So I feel like I am getting annoying about these house post but I am very indecisive and don’t want to make the wrong decision! So the place me and my Fiance are looking to live the market is pretty high. Therefor I can’t find a home I like enough to buy as my first home UNLESS I build it or buy one in development. So me and my fiance had plans to build a home and had been looking at land but then I realize even if I build I still am planning on settling for alot of things. While I can get the outside and the sq footage I want I won’t have the granite countertops, hardwood floors, and walk in shower I really want. I don’t really think I should waste my time building a house just to settle. I really wanted at least 1800 sq ft house and at least an acre of land but I think I have decided to actually try more for a little bit smaller (1500-1600 sq ft) and live in a development and eventually save up. We are great savers and once I start working saving will be smooth sailing. I like the houses in the development I just really didn’t want two story house and I wanted land. But the idea of having a gym, pool, and community park for my future kids is kind of fun.
Tired of my rant/background story read below..
I just wanted everyone to share their experience living in a development? The good.. the bad.. and everything in between! Would you change your mind if you had to redo it all again? Do you plan to stay there forever? Tell me whatever! Thanks in advance bees 🙂 This is my go to site for everything.
This topic was modified 4 years, 11 months ago by tbreannx3.
Post # 2
I love my development. We’ve got a family pool, adult pool, gym (with drop in daycare), a couple great playgrounds, etc. we’ve got sidewalks which are important to me (for kids walking home from busses and kids learning to ride a bike).
Were in a townhouse type thing now and are looking to move to a single family house. I like it here so much, I just want to move to another house in this development!
Post # 3
If forgot to ask – if you’re building why can’t you have granite countertops, hardwood floors and a walk I shower? We’re looking to build as well and most of that is standard.
Post # 4
I have only lived in aparment complexes and gated condo associations….my experience has been these places of tons of rule that you have to comply with that personally drive me crazy. I would make sure to read the fine print about all that stuff (fees, being able to landscape how you want, decorate your porch the way you want, etc) before committing to anything. Like pp said, if you are building why couldn’t you get the things you want in a house? If its money, why not factor those costs into the house right now and plan the sq footage accordingly or start a budget with exactly how much you can spend on everything and not budge from that at all. Personally, if I were to put the time & energy into buying land and building a house, I would want it to be EXACTLY what I wanted.
Good luck, op!
Post # 5
Glad to hear you like it so much!!
We wouldn’t be building a development home it would be on land we purchase on our own thats at least an acre. I believe that granite and hardwood do come standard in most development built homes but if I build I home I would like it to be on at least an acre of land which most of the time isn’t in a development. The builders we have been looking into laminate coutner tops, laminate flooring in bathroom and kitchens, and carpet in everywhere else are standards. It would raise the price a lot for the upgrades and we just simply can’t afford to have all those goodies right now we can only afford the base price.
^^ To add to that I do agree that if I were building I would want it to be exactly what I want which is why I now want to buy a house (already built not by me) in a development to live for a couple years while saving to build exactly what I want. My post may have came across confusing because I think both of y’all think I am going to build a development house but not get what I want. Hope that cleared it up!
Post # 6
Yeah I went back and read my OP and I didn’t make it clear that I was going to buy a house in a development stay there for a couple years while saving and then eventually build the house I want. Sorry about that. Let me know if y’all are still confused!!
Post # 7
I wouldn’t live in a development unless you have children.
They can be strict. In my old neighborhood you needed permission for EVERYTHING: can’t have RV’s or campers or boats parked in your own driveway, need permission to build additions or even fences or to plant trees, etc. It was ridiculous.