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Old December 6th, 2008, 08:21 AM   #141
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Trust me - once you have a family you will start thinking about it - house makes life easier in so many respects I am too lazy to start a long list. Plus, once you get a bit older - you require a little more quite time away from all the crazy noise and stuff of the city.
That's a question of culture and childhood I think..

I can easily see the benefits in suburban life, but it still ( IMO ) doesn't match all the ones in urban living, atleast not in my city's case..

My biggest beef would be being car dependant ( or public transport ) and having to travel far just to buy your food or get your kid to school or get to work..


I guess it would fit me well for retirement age, but by the I'll be so dependent on others a inner city apartment close to a trainstation and hospital would probable be for the best
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Old December 6th, 2008, 09:10 AM   #142
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Johnson Hall in Johnstown, New York is the oldest house in the part of upstate New York I grew up in and is the only one in the mid to upper Mohawk Valley to survive the Revolution. Settlements in the region were wrecked and abandoned during the war. The house was built in 1763, the blockhouse next to it is older (date unknown) and was built to defend against attack by the French:


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Old December 6th, 2008, 09:41 PM   #143
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Old December 6th, 2008, 10:07 PM   #144
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Old December 6th, 2008, 10:24 PM   #145
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Do you guys also use 'Victorian' as a description for late 19th century? I thought it was just a British term. Don't you use 'reconstruction era' or something that is more relevant to US history?

Some nice house on this thread by the way but most of them way out of my price bracket.

Can anybody show me what I could get for a mere $225,000 which is probably my realistic budget if I sold up and moved to the US? If i'd asked the same question this time last year my budget would have been about $300,000 but since the pound is now worth bugger all i've missed the boat anyway for the moment.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 10:36 PM   #146
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Trust me - once you have a family you will start thinking about it - house makes life easier in so many respects I am too lazy to start a long list. Plus, once you get a bit older - you require a little more quite time away from all the crazy noise and stuff of the city. I live 10 miles from NYC so if I feel bored for example I will get there in 10 minutes. but to live there constantly - too many reasons not to.
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New York is a little extreme tho. I was recently in Boston for the first time, and was delighted by the residential districts of the South End and Beacon Hill. I especially liked the South End squares in Boston. Not having any business or main roads, It was super quiet and peaceful, but within walking distance of the bustle. There are playgrounds here and there, pumpkins on stoops (evidence of children).

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To be honest I was suprised by how peaceful & quiet it was... Proir to going I was familiar with centrally-located apt in which street noise can be an issue, and the suburban detached house (where you can hear a pin drop at night), and farms (where all you can hear are frogs & crickets).. Compared to these the South End neighbourhoods in Bsoton seemed to combine the relative peacefullness of residential-only with a walkable location, and strong sense of character. It is a highly attractive area to me. I wish we had areas like that in my own community.

Now if only Boston has a more extensive & accessbible subway system!
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Do you guys also use 'Victorian' as a description for late 19th century?
Yes - although it probably depends on the education level of the person in question.

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Can anybody show me what I could get for a mere $225,000 which is probably my realistic budget if I sold up and moved to the US?
You'll have to be slightly more specific. The US is amazingly diverse, and has little consistency in cost of living. In some cities $225k couldn't even get you a 1 room condo. In other cities $225k might be able to buy a nice 4 bedroom house.
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Can anybody show me what I could get for a mere $225,000 which is probably my realistic budget if I sold up and moved to the US? If i'd asked the same question this time last year my budget would have been about $300,000 but since the pound is now worth bugger all i've missed the boat anyway for the moment.
This is currently on the market for $225,000 in a decent neighborhood in Minneapolis. It is about 6 blocks away from a lake with nice beaches and within walking distance of some of the more happening parts of the city. There are a lot of restaurants and retail in the neighborhood. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and was built in 1905. That said it doesn't look like much, it is nicer on the inside than it is on the outside:









In my old hometown of Clinton, New York (population 2,000, in the middle of nowhere) this is going for $227,900:



This one is $209,900:


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Well, I don't know much about prices in the US, so I'll let this to the people from the US...

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Holly Hill House: Queen Anne style house, 3rd oldest in Avalon, California

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Thanks for scaring up the rest of those early Frank Lloyd Wright houses. In an industry where most everything is designed by cookie cutter-- indeed, you used to be able to buy house kits from the Sears Roebuck catalog-- Wright stood out no matter what he touched.

About the prices of the houses in Beverly Hills, it's like the old saying goes, if you have to ask, you can't afford it.
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You'll have to be slightly more specific. The US is amazingly diverse, and has little consistency in cost of living. In some cities $225k couldn't even get you a 1 room condo. In other cities $225k might be able to buy a nice 4 bedroom house.
Yeah, obviously i'm not going to get much in Manhattan for that price! I quite fancy Oregon for some reason if I ever went to live in the US.
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Old December 9th, 2008, 10:45 AM   #157
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Where I get breakfast every morning


I'll have to take some pictures of my hood when I get back to Austin, I can get some beautiful shots.

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Yeah, obviously i'm not going to get much in Manhattan for that price! I quite fancy Oregon for some reason if I ever went to live in the US.
Oregon is quite nice - nature is really something and it is close to Canada - you can travel there easily.
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