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

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 31
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Busy bee

No, we chose an older house in exchange for being more central. We have never regreted it. Our drive to work or downtown is 10-30 minutes depending on traffic. 

Post # 32
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Don’t know if my experience will be helpful since it was in the city… but DH and I found two houses we loved. One was a 10-minute commute for him, 20-minute commute for me, small amount of land and pretty big house. One was a 25-minute commute for him, more like 35-40 min for me, larger amount of land and house that was 33%  bigger. Also, the house closer to our work was almost 40% more expensive.

We decided to bid on (and ultimately bought) the smaller, more expensive one closer to our workplaces. We decided it was more important to save all the time we can get for our mornings and evenings rather than spend them commuting.

That being said, if country living is important to you and you found your dream house, I wouldn’t be as concerned with a commute. Just realize that it means you’ll get home later each day, dinner will be later, and there will be less time to spend together each evening.

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: County courthouse

Our first house was 30mins out of town with good traffic. Everything my hubby, our kids, and I did was in town. To be quite honest, we all hated the drive into town, which at times we did 3 times a day. Gas is expensive and we just couldn’t take it anymore. So now we live directly in the middle of town and everything we do is close by. We hated commuting into town. It was such a hassle everyday.

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee

My response is no. I grew up in the country (read I could only see cows, not the nearest house) and was an hour from anything worth my time. I still dont understand why my dad drove over an hour to and from work, and yes if traffic was bad it could take up to 2hrs some days. I don’t get this. Why buy a place that is so far away you will be forced to spend more time in your car on a daily basis than in your home? It is VERY common tho, my sister and her husband drive over an hour each way to get to their jobs. They bought their house based on the school district. 

Not an easy decision bee. Also, think of the extra costs of gas/tolls/ maintainance on your vehicle from the extra miles. 

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I wouldn’t. I know it’s nice to live with acreage, but it would not be worth it to me. You will be adding onto your workday every day. 

Post # 36
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I am from the city, DH is from the country and he bought a house there before we got engaged. I moved in, and now have an hour commute each way to work. Although it is not ideal for me at the moment, the house is big and on a nice piece of land and our mortgage is half what I was paying for RENT in the city, so I’m ok with it LOL.

Get a car that is good on gas, download  some audio books and podcasts. I say go for it.

Post # 37
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Bumble bee

I purchased a new build home in late 2016 that increased my commute to work by about 15 minutes so 30-40 minutes total.  But I wanted more land and none of the closer neighborhoods/developments offered that unless I was willing to live in an older area of town and take on a fixer.  Way too much going on workwise and I’m single again so I opted for the longer drive.  I love my new home and the expansive 1/2 acre backyard with no houses able to see into my yard and the big open sky and mountain views in every direction.  Go with your heart.  Good luck! 

Post # 38
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I changed jobs and moved so that I could bike to work if I so chose. If I drive its 3-5 minutes. My husband is 5-10 minutes. I’ve done the hour commute before and I’d never willingly choose it again. There’s only so many hours in a day, and personally I have no desire to spend so many of them driving. I would think about commuting costs as well if you are moving further out. For example when both my husband and I commuted over an hour each way, our commuting costs (gas, tolls, maintanance) easily topped 700-900 a month and we’d need new tires every other year. Now, our commuting costs top out at 50-75 a month max. We realized we could afford a lot more house the closer we lived to where we worked.

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I am from California so I am very biased when it comes to commutes and traffic, so I give it a big fat NO WAY. My DH was commuting 30 miles each way every day for 4 years, and it was an hour on a good day but up to 2-3 hours if there was an accident or fire. During one of the fires, he called in sick because there was no physical way to get to work and was almost fired. He was miserable and often called me threatening to just stay in a hotel because he couldn’t handle it. Luckily he just got a new job 2 miles from home, and it is a world of a difference and we would never go back to commuting. 

Look at it this way – the time you are commuting not only takes away from your family, but it adds to your working time. For example, instead of working 8 hours a day my DH was working 12.. and when you divide out his salary, it was SO not worth that many hours. Although your house sounds beautiful, will you be happy if the amount of time you get to spend at the house with your family is limited and your time is spent driving instead?

 

Post # 40
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Busy bee

It depends on who you are… Personally Fiance and I both like to drive and both have long commutes. I have been driving an hour plus since I started my “big girl career,” over 10 years ago, and when he doesn’t travel, his commute is anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half. It’s my chill time, I get in my groove and prepared for work on my way in and I call my girl friends or family and chat (hands free!) on my way home. Or, if needed, I just turn the music WAY WAY up and jam. But, I know some friends of mine who HATE their commute. It is such a personal decision. Neither of us HAVE to go to work in bad weather, so that definitely helps… It’s so much about who you are and what you want. I love having sapce and acreage and livestock and a garden, but I also have to drive into the city to make the type of money I am worth… So, I get the best of both worlds and just accept it as a part of my life. Test it. Drive it for a week or two, see if it bothers you.

 

Post # 41
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Busy bee

I should say that we do not have kids, together. So, I think if I had little ones, that my drive took time away from, I might think VERY VERY differently. But, that is not in our plans… So, I love my drive.

Post # 42
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If it’s mostly country road driving then I would say yes. I’ve had both scenarios – country commute and city commute. Where I grew up and loved the majority of my life a 40 min commute was the absolute norm because I lived in the “sticks”. I didn’t mind commuting at all then because it was peaceful and a time for me to wind down. On the flip side I’ve commuted an hour in the city (LA) when I lived 7 miles from work – I absolutely hated every single day of it! Thankfully, we moved and found a nice medium on the country/city. 

So yes, for country I would absolutely commute! Especially for my dream home!

Post # 43
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Bumble bee

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thepersephone :  Have you weighed the additional cost of operating vehicles and additional gas? I wouldn’t do it. Most people way underestimate how much their long commutes add to their annual expenses; it’s rarely worth it unless the house is so dirt cheap it makes up for it. 

Post # 44
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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thepersephone :  Yes. We bought our dream house last year and I commute over 1.5 to 1hr40 minutes in the morning and just over an hour in the evening. I also spend 3 days a month at the hospital because I live outside the on-call range. That’s the biggest annoyance. One weekend a month I don’t see my daughter from Friday-Monday night. I’m exhausted but we love our house.

Post # 45
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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thepersephone :  I would (and did) absolutely do it. It really depends on how comfortable you are driving. 

I commute 30 minutes to work every day and my husbands commute ranges from 1.5-2 hours depending on what office he’s at. We bought outer house knowing this, but have always lived in a more rural area so driving wasn’t a big deal to us and the extra property was absolutely worth it!

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