(Closed) Would you buy a house if the drive was long?

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Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - City, State

Assuming you work in the city, and would have to commute most days, I wouldn’t do it.  I commuted from a large city to a suburb for work for about a year.  A 25minute drive turned into 1.5hrs each way in traffic, it is a soul killer.  

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I would buy the house if my dreams if I had a commute of an hour an acre of land sounds like heaven, and if it’s mainly country road driving there doesn’t appear to be a lot of traffic until you get into the city 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If the 15-20 minutes of city driving is REALLY only 15-20 minutes and doesnt turn into double or triple that in traffic, then it doesnt sound too bad.  30-40 minutes country road driving isn’t nearly as fustrating as 30-40 minutes of traffic driving and can be relaxing.   30 minutes no traffic is about my ideal commute.  I’ve done 50-60 minutes before and it’s not too bad.  Is there ever a chance that your job location moves closer to home?  OR would this kind of commute be what you’re looking at indefinitely?  I know people who drive 1.5 hours each way to work, upwards of 2-2.5 in summer traffic…. I thought THEY were nuts, but you just get used to it and do what you gotta do they say.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I would do a trial run. Just leave work at your normal time & make the drive to determine how well you like it. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

This is the big debate within our home search as well.  Our current commute is about 45 mins.  We’ve been hoping to cut that time in half but it’s quickly become clear to us that any houses within that distance are super expensive and/or right in the middle of the worst traffic areas.  All the houses we can realistically afford would add several minutes to our commute.  I’m starting to feel lucky with my 45 mins and have asked my fiance if he would consider renting for a couple more years.  Sorry, I have no advice, just wanted you to know you weren’t alone…

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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thepersephone :  I could have written this.  I’m from the country and want a bit of land, and obviously, the further we go away from the city, the more we can get for our money.  We just started house shopping a couple weeks ago.

 

I found the perfect house online last week and we had our agent set up a showing.  But DH and I had to have a real talk.  The commute for him would have been 40 miles/50ish minutes on a good day.  I thought the house was honestly perfect- 1 acre of land, the size house we wanted, all updated, under our budget, and in a great school district.  I told DH that if he wasn’t serious about being willing to commute that far, I didn’t want to see it and fall more in love with the house.  He went back and forth for a day and in the end decided that we shouldn’t go look at the house because he didn’t want to commit to that drive until we had seen more of our options.  I was super sad, but totally understand.  That’s 1.5-2 hours of his day, everyday.  That’s a lot of time.

 

Hopefully, we will find something we like closer to his job.  But, if in another 2-3 months if we haven’t, we will start looking further out again.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I did buy a house that is far from my work, it is not the house of my dreams, but pretty close, the next house we buy will be the house of our dreams. But i dont regret buying this house, even though for me is 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon and it is not country driving, it is city traffic, bumper to bumper traffic. It is a sacrifice every day, but i love my house so much!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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thepersephone :  I’m a form believer in buying where you want to build your life, raise children, etc. Jobs come and go, but your home can possibly be forever.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

What kind of climate do you live in? If you’re in a warm climate this may be doable, but if you’re in a seasonal climate where months of commuting in snow and ice, dealing with unplowed roads, potential days when the drive isn’t do-able, I’d be very hesitant. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I personally would not, but I hate communting, especially for work. 2 hours each day back and forth would be torture for me. 

Could you find a job closer to the house?

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

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thepersephone :  Fellow Canadian here…..sorry but I wouldn’t do it. I have a 30 minute city commute and even with paved and plowed roads it can be difficult- and much longer- in winter weather. Add country roads and blowing drifting snow in more rural areas and I think you’re underestimating what this will actually  be like on a day to day basis. An hour’s drive in good weather plus a 90sih minute drive in bad weather/ traffic is also going to use a considerable amount of gas on an ongoing basis. And if you end up with unpaid days off work because you’re snowed in, this can further affect your budget and potentially your reliability as an employee. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

That would be a little far for me personally. We just bought a house (haven’t closed yet) and its about a 25 minute drive for me and about 40 minutes for Fiance (his job is very flexible and he works from home a lot, and has a company car so the distance wasn’t as big of a deal for him). Even those shorter commutes we had to talk about it, because the house was in the farthest city away we were considering. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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thepersephone :  it depends. If it’s 60 mins maine traffic which is straight shot no real traffic, I would do it. If it is Boston traffic, hell to the no. I’ve done the 128/95 route from a town technically 45 mins from Burlington here in mass and it sucked major balls. What should have been 35-45 mins was often 2 hrs for no apparent reason. Hell. No. 

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