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Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by Alexa9 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:10 pm

What features would you want/don't want in your dream home?
(I'm talking about within the realm of possible, not if you win the lottery)

-Ranch with vaulted ceilings 2,500 sqft
-Several acres with no neighbors nearby
-Walk in shower and jacuzzi tub
-Open floor plan with living, dining, kitchen all connected
-3BR, 2.5 Bath, 3 car garage
-Office/Library, Workout Room
-New tech like Smart Home you can control with your phone
-Projector TV in living room, indoor/outdoor sound system and patio
-Fully equipped large kitchen

Don't want:
Fireplace, pool, upstairs, basement, rubbing elbows with neighbors

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by letsgobobby » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:00 pm

Alexa9 wrote:What features would you want in your dream home? (I'm talking about within the realm of possible, not if you win the lottery)

-Ranch with vaulted ceilings 2,500 sqft
-Several acres with no neighbors nearby
-Walk in shower and jacuzzi tub
-Open floor plan with living, dining, kitchen all connected
-3BR, 2.5 Bath, 3 car garage
-New tech like Smart Home you can control with your phone

last year we bought our reasonable dream home after 2 years of searching.

2007 built ranch with vaulted ceilings, 2800 sf
2 acres, can't hear my neighbors
walk in shower and jacuzzi tub
not completely open, but family, eating, and kitchen are open
3 br, 3.5 ba
2 car garage
3 fireplaces and we use each of them, a lot

only thing we did not get that we would have really liked are:
guest room
rv garage
workout room

we may add those along with an ADU and a pool.

the back acre has 6 fruit trees and will eventually have a full orchard along with the chicken run, vegetable garden, and shop/shed it already has.

added: now walking distance to a coffee shop, a brewpub, a decent restaurant, a Barre 3 studio (!), and soon, hopefully, a pizzeria. For us the single level, large lot, and location in town were the selling points/hard to find combination of features.
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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by Sandtrap » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:25 pm

At least 20 acres surrounded by open land with vast forever view of mountains and land beyond. Cattle ranging abroad. Wild horses ranging beyond. Large babbling brook or wash with water running year round somewhere not far away.
A distant train track with trains running through once in awhile. Large barn and stables and equestrian riding arena for german dressage horses. A touch of snow and seasons but mostly mild year round.
A modest home with several stories with room for various activities but otherwise a cozy home of around 4500 sf. because we would rather have a quiet more solitary peaceful retirement. Maybe some farm equipment and maybe an ATV to go jaunting in the nearby national forests when the mood strikes. Distant and few neighbors. A nice upscale area of the country at the end of a long long scenic road that goes nowhere so there's zero traffic and zero tourists. Yet, not too far from modern conveniences and stores.
This would be my "dream home". . . . . . .
and I'd be thankful and blessed to have it. . . . .
and a DW to share it with. . . . .
. . . gotta go feed the horses now. . . .
. . . (alternate dream home) . . . a small cottage in Kamuela on the slopes of Mauna Kea on the BIg Island in Hawaii.
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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by Trader/Investor » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:35 pm

I am buying my dream (vacation) home next month. My only three requirements for my dream home were long range mountain views, where I can walk out my door and be in a National Forest and some semblance of privacy.

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by student » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:57 pm

New build or remodeled house. Essentially what you see on HGTV. It costs under $400,000 to get everything I want. Add $100,000 if it is close to work.

-Ranch or 1 1/2-story, 2000 sq ft to 2200 sq ft
-Not in the country
-No wall sharing with neighbors
-Walk in shower and tub in masters
-modern
-3BR, 2 or 2.5 Bath, 2 car garage
-large walk-in closet
-Place for tv

Don't want:
Fireplace, pool, too close to neighbors

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by smitcat » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:04 pm

"What features would you want/don't want in your dream home?"

- single level
- 3 bd 2 bath
- on navigable canal
- boat lift
- small pool
- 2 -1/2 car garage
- area with no winters
- covered outdoor spaces
- fire place and fire pit
- room for tools and hobby's

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by stemikger » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:08 pm

My dream home would be a 2 bedroom condo in NYC right on the Highline. Unfortunately, my wife's dream home would be an English Tudor in Comack, Long Island.

Unless I hit the lottery neither is going to happen.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristintab ... 0308c9390e

As far as our reasonable dream home would be to stay where we are and fix it up like my wife likes it.
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My Dream Home

Post by FraggleRock » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:09 pm

Walk Score of 90+ - http://www.prb.org/Publications/Reports ... ealth.aspx
Health care facilities close by
Duplex - lower maintenance costs
Modern = clean, open concept
Curbless shower - easy to clean
Alley access - cleaner front of house with garage in the back
Great neighbors - we love where we live
Reasonable taxes (income and property)

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:15 pm

Log-cabin home with 4 bedrooms/3 baths, fireplace, open format eat-in kitchen, low taxes
10-20 acres with an edible fish stocked pond, low taxes (did I mention low taxes? :)Large
Proximity to civilization/social amenities (walk score 65) with out it being in my backyard. Top rated healthcare. Two dogs, some chickens, maybe a few goats or sheep.
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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by yellowgirl » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:16 pm

We are living in it. Our house is 2800 square feet 5 beds 3 baths on 18 acres. It has a large pond about 5 acres in size. It is about 6-7 miles in the middle of 4 medical facilities. Starbucks, Target, and Walmart are 5 miles away. Costco is a little far 18 miles. It is very quiet. Our house is way back so we can’t even hear cars or any noise except crickets and coyote howling. We moved here because we hate neighbors and the noise coming out from them. Mostly trees therefore not a lot of mowing. We have a lot of wild flowers in March, April and May.
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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:18 pm

stemikger wrote:My dream home would be a 2 bedroom condo in NYC right on the Highline. Unfortunately, my wife's dream home would be an English Tudor in Comack, Long Island.

Unless I hit the lottery neither is going to happen.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristintab ... 0308c9390e


What is so special about Commack? :confused If you're going to dream big, might as well shoot for Old Brookville, Dix Hills, Locust Valley. The taxes though will require you to definitely have lottery type money.
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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by qwertyjazz » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:19 pm

No property taxes. No HOA. No maintenance costs that seem to keep popping up at annoying times.
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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by VictoriaF » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:20 pm

A 2-3 bedroom apartment with a view of Central Park in New York City or in the Westminster part of London.

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Post by dixdak » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:22 pm

On wheels
20 mpg
Can park in garage
Bed
Microwave, mini kitchen
Shower
Stealthy
Entertainment system

Actionable? Whatever.

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Post by Carefreeap » Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:22 pm

I never wanted to go through the brain damage of trying to build a new house in the SF Bay Area therefore we're content with our semi-custom tract house. Let's call it an 85% dream home. :D

Ocean and valley views on 1/2 acre lot.

2500 sq.ft. Built in 1964. Wish it were single level but can't have everything.

We bought it in 1995, moved away for nine years and have been doing remodeling projects since moving back in mid 2012. Hoping we're on our last one with the downstairs remodel of a family room into a "man-cave" secondary guest area and bathroom/laundry area.

Although we'll probably have to move to a single level home when we're in our 70s it's sure going to hard to give this place up. We have been lucky to have it as long as we have! :beer

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by stemikger » Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:40 pm

Grt2bOutdoors wrote:
stemikger wrote:My dream home would be a 2 bedroom condo in NYC right on the Highline. Unfortunately, my wife's dream home would be an English Tudor in Comack, Long Island.

Unless I hit the lottery neither is going to happen.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristintab ... 0308c9390e


What is so special about Commack? :confused If you're going to dream big, might as well shoot for Old Brookville, Dix Hills, Locust Valley. The taxes though will require you to definitely have lottery type money.


My wife's sister lives in Comack and we visit quite often. My wife just loves where they live and said that is where she would love to live. I also do love their area. However compared to Staten Island, their taxes are high. Other than that, we know nothing about the rest of Long Island. However, my dream is the Highline. I have loved that place since the first day I visited.
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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by quantAndHold » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:07 pm

  • Free standing house in a cohousing community
  • walkable neighborhood (walk score 80+)
  • pre WWII construction
  • 3 bedroom, 1.5+ bath
  • garage space somewhere on the property
  • parking for the motor home
  • gas fireplace
  • in Coastal Southern California


I'm pretty sure what I want doesn't exist.

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by Alexa9 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:31 pm

letsgobobby wrote:
Alexa9 wrote:What features would you want in your dream home? (I'm talking about within the realm of possible, not if you win the lottery)

-Ranch with vaulted ceilings 2,500 sqft
-Several acres with no neighbors nearby
-Walk in shower and jacuzzi tub
-Open floor plan with living, dining, kitchen all connected
-3BR, 2.5 Bath, 3 car garage
-New tech like Smart Home you can control with your phone

last year we bought our reasonable dream home after 2 years of searching.

2007 built ranch with vaulted ceilings, 2800 sf
2 acres, can't hear my neighbors
walk in shower and jacuzzi tub
not completely open, but family, eating, and kitchen are open
3 br, 3.5 ba
2 car garage
3 fireplaces and we use each of them, a lot

only thing we did not get that we would have really liked are:
guest room
rv garage
workout room

we may add those along with an ADU and a pool.

the back acre has 6 fruit trees and will eventually have a full orchard along with the chicken run, vegetable garden, and shop/shed it already has.


Sounds very similar to what I like!

Sandtrap wrote:At least 20 acres surrounded by open land with vast forever view of mountains and land beyond. Cattle ranging abroad. Wild horses ranging beyond. Large babbling brook or wash with water running year round somewhere not far away.
A distant train track with trains running through once in awhile. Large barn and stables and equestrian riding arena for german dressage horses. A touch of snow and seasons but mostly mild year round.
A modest home with several stories with room for various activities but otherwise a cozy home of around 4500 sf. because we would rather have a quiet more solitary peaceful retirement. Maybe some farm equipment and maybe an ATV to go jaunting in the nearby national forests when the mood strikes. Distant and few neighbors. A nice upscale area of the country at the end of a long long scenic road that goes nowhere so there's zero traffic and zero tourists. Yet, not too far from modern conveniences and stores.
This would be my "dream home". . . . . . .
and I'd be thankful and blessed to have it. . . . .
and a DW to share it with. . . . .
. . . gotta go feed the horses now. . . .
:sharebeer

I said reasonable dream home, not heaven! :)

yellowgirl wrote:We are living in it. Our house is 2800 square feet 5 beds 3 baths on 18 acres. It has a large pond about 5 acres in size. It is about 6-7 miles in the middle of 4 medical facilities. Starbucks, Target, and Walmart are 5 miles away. Costco is a little far 18 miles. It is very quiet. Our house is way back so we can’t even hear cars or any noise except crickets and coyote howling. We moved here because we hate neighbors and the noise coming out from them. Mostly trees therefore not a lot of mowing. We have a lot of wild flowers in March, April and May.


Sounds nice and peaceful.

Trader/Investor wrote:I am buying my dream (vacation) home next month. My only three requirements for my dream home were long range mountain views, where I can walk out my door and be in a National Forest and some semblance of privacy.


Congratulations! Love national parks.

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by Sandtrap » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:45 pm

Alexa9 wrote:. . . . . .
Sandtrap wrote:At least 20 acres surrounded by open land with vast forever view of mountains and land beyond. Cattle ranging abroad. Wild horses ranging beyond. Large babbling brook or wash with water running year round somewhere not far away.
A distant train track with trains running through once in awhile. Large barn and stables and equestrian riding arena for german dressage horses. A touch of snow and seasons but mostly mild year round. . . . .
. . . gotta go feed the horses now. . . .
:sharebeer

I said reasonable dream home, not heaven! :)


Thanks "Alexa9". . . .we have been truly blessed with what we have. . . . I really needed a good laugh. You made my day.
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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by Toons » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:53 pm

I am in it.
1500 sq feet.
foothills of the mountains.
Low maintenance.
Easy to keep clean.
low utility bills
Deck off the kitchen runs width of house on side of a hill ,,
feel like we are living in a tree house.
No traffic.
Nice shed out back to hangout in and drink coffee ,listen to music.
Couldn't ask for more :mrgreen:

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by stan1 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:58 pm

quantAndHold wrote:
  • Free standing house in a cohousing community
  • walkable neighborhood (walk score 80+)
  • pre WWII construction
  • 3 bedroom, 1.5+ bath
  • garage space somewhere on the property
  • parking for the motor home
  • gas fireplace
  • in Coastal Southern California


I'm pretty sure what I want doesn't exist.


My grandmother had very close to that. My great grandfather paid $50 for the lot in 1916. We sold the house back in 1985 for $600K. Now the lot has a duplex on it and the two units are worth about $6M.

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Post by AlohaJoe » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:14 pm

Alexa9 wrote:What features would you want/don't want in your dream home?
(I'm talking about within the realm of possible, not if you win the lottery)


Separate wet/dry kitchen.
Maid's room.
In the middle of a big city.
Close to neighbors & friends, so they can walk over for a dinner party or beer/wine/cocktails.
Dual sinks in the master bathroom.
Separate shower & toilet so they're not in the same room.
1 bedroom is enough.
At least 2 levels, so the bedrooms aren't on the same level as the public/entertaining areas.

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by Dottie57 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:21 pm

I live in 1000 sq foot condo with small patio.

I want a condo/townhome (one story) with

1) minimum of 1500 sq ft
2) 2 bedrooms
3) a screened in porch which is the length of the condo/townhouse - exposure is not to the west.decent view.
4) newish kitchen.
5) attractive flooring
6) usual appliances including in home washer dryer of normal size.
7) underground parkingwith some storage
8) central air and heating
9) floor plan which does not waste space (large foyers)
10) decent sound proofing.
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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by blaugranamd » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:25 pm

3000 sqft log-style home in the Rockies with mountain and valley view on 100+ acres with a separate cabin on the opposite side of the property on a large pond or lake edge that does NOT electricity but is woodburning stove heated, a few bunks and plumbing though.

- MUST have an old-school style study with bookshelves lined with reading material, old comfy chair by a wood-burning fireplace and dark wood desks and accents
- Massive "viewing" window wall facing the valley
- creek running into and out of pond/lake by back patio
- adjacent to national parks that permit biking, snowmobiling, ATV riding off trail

As you can see, it's mostly location wants here
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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by Sandi_k » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:40 pm

We have about 85% of it now:

- 2400 SF home with water view from LRm/kitchen/Master bedroom
- Big deck, with lots of sun and shade
- 3 bedrooms, 3 baths
- 3 car garage, including 1 RV-height stall
- Workroom/basement area for workshop/tools
- Semi-custom, with serious sound insulation and great flow - no bedroom shares a common wall with another bedroom.
- Laundry on same floor as bedrooms
- Easy access to the deck/BBQ from the kitchen and living room

One thing that I don't care for is that the house is raised up enough to have two half-flights of stairs. It is what allows us to have the workshop down below, so we decided that was one requirement we'd waive; the workshop is a huge plus for DH.

Secondly, the lots are fairly close together - which makes sense with waterfront property. I do wish there was a little more separation between the lots, but it really does make for getting to know your neighbors. :D

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Post by Bacchus01 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:49 pm

We bought 13 acres last year. Currently looking at plans for a 6,500 sq ft with 4 car garage and indoor sport court that is at least 30x50.

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Post by HIinvestor » Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:29 pm

We are pretty much living in our dream home now. It's all one level, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, view of hills and 4 blocks from the ocean. We have great neighbors and mild weather year round. Would love it to have a good market within walking distance but it was bought by a church and became a church. We are 5 minutes drive from Costco and 5 minutes drive from my folks and most of my siblings.

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by KSOC » Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:42 am

I'm such a simple man.

Florida.
Near water.
Craftsman Style.
Big front porch. (for rocking chairs or glider)
Metal roof.
Whole home generator. (Florida, ya know?)
Jacuzzi tub & walk in shower.
Fireplace.
Screened in rear patio.
Fire pit.
Little to no yard maintenance.
One acre. (Neighbor free zone)

A man can dream.
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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by Alexa9 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:22 am

blaugranamd wrote:3000 sqft log-style home in the Rockies with mountain and valley view on 100+ acres with a separate cabin on the opposite side of the property on a large pond or lake edge that does NOT electricity but is woodburning stove heated, a few bunks and plumbing though.

- MUST have an old-school style study with bookshelves lined with reading material, old comfy chair by a wood-burning fireplace and dark wood desks and accents
- Massive "viewing" window wall facing the valley
- creek running into and out of pond/lake by back patio
- adjacent to national parks that permit biking, snowmobiling, ATV riding off trail

As you can see, it's mostly location wants here


Sounds rustic but scenic. Lots of outdoor adventure.

Sandi_k wrote:We have about 85% of it now:

- 2400 SF home with water view from LRm/kitchen/Master bedroom
- Big deck, with lots of sun and shade
- 3 bedrooms, 3 baths
- 3 car garage, including 1 RV-height stall
- Workroom/basement area for workshop/tools
- Semi-custom, with serious sound insulation and great flow - no bedroom shares a common wall with another bedroom.
- Laundry on same floor as bedrooms
- Easy access to the deck/BBQ from the kitchen and living room

One thing that I don't care for is that the house is raised up enough to have two half-flights of stairs. It is what allows us to have the workshop down below, so we decided that was one requirement we'd waive; the workshop is a huge plus for DH.

Secondly, the lots are fairly close together - which makes sense with waterfront property. I do wish there was a little more separation between the lots, but it really does make for getting to know your neighbors. :D


Waterfront is one dream of mine. I was told it's better to have a friend with a lake/boat :)

Toons wrote:I am in it.
1500 sq feet.
foothills of the mountains.
Low maintenance.
Easy to keep clean.
low utility bills
Deck off the kitchen runs width of house on side of a hill ,,
feel like we are living in a tree house.
No traffic.
Nice shed out back to hangout in and drink coffee ,listen to music.
Couldn't ask for more :mrgreen:


Mountains are very nice. I think I prefer them to being by the Ocean.

Bacchus01 wrote:We bought 13 acres last year. Currently looking at plans for a 6,500 sq ft with 4 car garage and indoor sport court that is at least 30x50.


Index funds have been good to you! Congrats!

HIinvestor wrote:We are pretty much living in our dream home now. It's all one level, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, view of hills and 4 blocks from the ocean. We have great neighbors and mild weather year round. Would love it to have a good market within walking distance but it was bought by a church and became a church. We are 5 minutes drive from Costco and 5 minutes drive from my folks and most of my siblings.


Close to the ocean and Costco?! Jackpot!

KSOC wrote:I'm such a simple man.

Florida.
Near water.
Craftsman Style.
Big front porch. (for rocking chairs or glider)
Metal roof.
Whole home generator. (Florida, ya know?)
Jacuzzi tub & walk in shower.
Fireplace.
Screened in rear patio.
Fire pit.
Little to no yard maintenance.
One acre. (Neighbor free zone)

A man can dream.


Sounds nice. I love Florida for most of the year. 8-)

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by ruralavalon » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:34 am

Alexa9 wrote:What features would you want/don't want in your dream home?
(I'm talking about within the realm of possible, not if you win the lottery)

-Ranch with vaulted ceilings 2,500 sqft
-Several acres with no neighbors nearby
-Walk in shower and jacuzzi tub
-Open floor plan with living, dining, kitchen all connected
-3BR, 2.5 Bath, 3 car garage
-Office/Library, Workout Room
-New tech like Smart Home you can control with your phone
-Projector TV in living room, indoor/outdoor sound system and patio
-Fully equipped large kitchen

Don't want:
Fireplace, pool, upstairs, basement, rubbing elbows with neighbors

Single story, 2000 square feet.
Waterfront on Maui or in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Nice deck or porch.
2-3 bedroom, 2 bath.
Walk in shower.
Nice kitchen.
Open floor plan.
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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by oldcomputerguy » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:45 am

Already have ours. 2000 square feet in the middle of five acres of woods (so can't see the neighbors), within five-minute drive of a general store, full attic, two-car garage, living space all on the main floor (so no stairs to aggravate old knees), three bedrooms (one of which we use for a home office), large master bedroom, two bathrooms including a large master bath with walk-in shower, two sinks and a jacuzzi, wonderful view of woods out the back, laundry closet, fenced-in back/side yards for the dogs, plus frequently one can see squirrels, birds, rabbits, and even whole families of deer in the front or back yard. And best of all, it's paid for.
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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by rikki » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:53 am

What a fun post!

I'm about to start building mine in a month. Getting bids this coming week.
Small lot walkable to town is bordered by conservation land (meadows, forest, old stone wall) on 2 sides.
House is 1700 sf with first floor bedroom, second bedroom and den upstairs for family visits.
Sleek kitchen open to vaulted living area.
Lots of built-ins and a wood stove in living area to make it cozy.
"Net-zero" energy requirements with "green" insulation techniques, triple glazed Euro windows and photovoltaic array.

This will be my "aging-in-place" home.

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Post by alfaspider » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:58 am

3,000 sq foot 4 bedroom house with...
3,000 sq foot garage

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by bogglizer » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:33 am

Howl's Moving Castle. Has one door that opens in Banff, one door to a beach in Hawaii, one door to Paris, and one door into San Francisco. Oh, you said reasonable? Drat.

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Post by reisner » Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:53 pm

Bright light in winter through many large windows and glass doors. Shade in summer from surrounding greenery. (A view, as I learned when I had a view through thirteen french doors of bay, island , lighthouse, Olympic Mountains, quickly turns into a painting over the sofa.) Very functional space on one level: efficient kitchen, a couple of bedrooms, one and a half or two baths, space somewhere for a writing desk and good spots for the dog beds. Maybe 1000 to 1300 square feet, easy to clean. Lots of birds in the yard. Proximity to cafes, shopping, culture, medical care; but also to nature: hiking, fishing, hunting, a place to run my dog off leash that isn't a dog park.

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Post by Midpack » Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:10 pm

We're going to downsize, our reasonable dream home:

-Single story 1300-1800 sqft, single family most likely, we favor quality finishes/systems over size
-Energy efficient, maybe even solar some day
-Few if any built ins.
-Small yard, in a suburb, not rural - with a major metro area within an hours drive or less
-Significant lake or ocean within 2-4 hours drive
-Moderate climate, not only excessive summer heat or winter cold/snow/ice
-Open floor plan with living, dining, kitchen all connected
-3BR (or 2 with den), 2-2.5 Bath, 2 car garage
-Nice kitchen, family room and master suite. Other rooms can be more ordinary.
-Unfinished basement, attic or extra garage space for storage
-With tech all going wireless these days, I'm not worried about provisions in the house
-screen porch, or at least covered

We wanted walkable, but too expensive for anywhere we'd want to live. Gave up on that.

Don't want a pool, don't need a fireplace
You only live once...

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by island » Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:22 pm

Ocean view home in San Diego County short walking distance to a swimable beach that isn't surrounded by tourist or seasonal rentals. It doesn't exist so the rest of my dream home details don't matter.

Anyone else care to share WHERE there dream home is located? What town(s), state(s)?
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Post by Silverado » Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:28 pm

We've moved several times in the last 15 years, so we have an idea of things we'd like.

1. Master bath with large shower. NO garden tub / jacuzzi in there. Biggest waste of bathroom real estate to me.
2. Logically laid out kitchen to wife's specs.
3. Wide doors and halls. Had that once was nice.
4. Deep garage with four bays total. We have two garages now, nice. Oh, geometry such that it is efficient to go from house to vehicle. And a people door so I can take garbage can out or get mail without opening overhead door.
5. Some place i can sit and drink early coffee watching sun come up.
6. Walkable to places. Doesn't have to be super close, but at least a trail or sidewalks.
7. Some buffer from neighbors, but if I am dreaming, just neighbors that are quiet and mostly invisible would be okay.
8. Spare room with ensuite bath that is on opposite side of house for visitors.
9. Yard geometry that allows me to get a high level of mowing efficiency. Every second the mower is moving, i want to be cutting a full path.
10. Optimized switch layouts. No desire for phone control, but do want thought into where switches are.
11. And finally, if we don't build it ourselves, I want details of every plumbing joint and run, every duct connection and run, and every wire run. Simple stuff.
12. Oh! Forgot one critical feature: drainage system that works. No gutters overflowing, no puddles on concrete, no need for a sump pump. I want a design that is thought out, reviewed, and properly implemented.

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by praxis » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:03 pm

The perfect house is like the perfect boat. For me, no such thing, but
with compromises I can get close...

I had never built a house, but we bought 8 acres in a forest on the side of a mountain
a few weeks after I retired and started planning our dream house.

We built it over the next 12 months and have enjoyed it for over ten years.
-true wilderness location, with a clear trout river running by and stunning views
-log-type 2 story design 3000 sq ft, full deck/porch, inside and outside fireplaces
-one great room with the bedrooms and bathrooms connected by halls and vestibules
-lots of big windows
-surrounding yard is 3 season wildflower garden, lots of wildlife
-our trails intersect to reach anywhere in the canyon or over the mountain
-no other cabins in sight, but neighbors within a 10 minute walk
-closest groceries are a half hour away
-nice ski areas hour and a half away

It's bigger than I thought I wanted, but the size allows comfortable visits from friends/family.
We invited another couple to build it with us and this way both families can be there together.

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Post by Midpack » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:34 pm

island wrote:Ocean view home in San Diego County short walking distance to a swimable beach that isn't surrounded by tourist or seasonal rentals. It doesn't exist so the rest of my dream home details don't matter.

Anyone else care to share WHERE there dream home is located? What town(s), state(s)?
+1. Where is at least as important as the house to us.

Still undecided, but our current short list is Portland OR, Seattle, NoVA or Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill. San Diego was on our list years ago, until we saw the COL...

True story: At a family reunion about 10 years ago, while fretting over finding our perfect place, a wise old Aunt told us bluntly - 'you're wasting your time, there is no perfect place, and if there was it would be so expensive and so crowded you wouldn't want to live there.' And she was absolutely right...unless you have a net worth greater than 8-9 digits.
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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by JFKtoSFO » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:38 pm

If I still have to commute to work in this scenario - I want the exact same condo I have now, but with 1 extra bedroom to use as a dedicated guestroom, and the space for 2 extra seats at our 8 person dining room table. Maybe double the deck space, so I could put more lounge space out there as well.

It's funny, I live in a condo in an area where home ownership is the norm. I've often thought that I would sell this place and "trade up". Now, after a season of housesitting for nearby friends, I am happier than ever in my low-maintenance life. I guess sometimes living the dream brings you right back to reality.

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by randomizer » Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:00 pm

  • Large (anywhere from about 2000 to 2800 square feet).
  • High ceilings, single level, open floor plan.
  • High walk score, near public transport.
  • Quiet street.

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Post by Kenkat » Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:00 pm

We got pretty close with our current home, built new in 1998:

2300 sq. foot ranch / single story
Brick / stone exterior
2 car oversized garage (would like a 3 car ideally with a bigger driveway apron)
9 / 10 / 11 foot finished ceilings (no popcorn spray)
Large kitchen with island (wife is going to make me spring for solid surface countertops, it's only a matter of time before she wears me down)
Open floor plan with kitchen, large great room, dining room and foyer all connected.
3 bedroom, with nice sized master with walk in closet that my wife has slowly taken over (I have drawn a red line at the current distribution of space)
2 baths (wife would like another 1/2 bath)
Large windows, lots of natural light
Gas fireplace (I like wood burning but too much work / not convenient)
Upgraded woodwork (crown molding, architectural columns, wainscoting, up sized baseboards, door and window casings)
Hardwood floors in traffic areas
Private flat yard with green space behind me and neighbors houses offset to give privacy (I would like more property though if I had to do it over again)
Small cul-de-sac neighborhood with sidewalks

Things I would have done differently in addition to those noted above:

Tile walls and shower area in bathrooms
9 foot ceilings in basement
Partially covered patio in back of house (on original plan and we removed to save money at the time)
Walk out basement (did not work with our lot)

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by Will do good » Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:23 pm

Location, location, location.

One 1500sf beach house in Santa Monica near Venice beach.
and
One 1500sf condo in Hong Kong mid-level.

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by island » Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:32 pm

Midpack wrote:
island wrote:Ocean view home in San Diego County short walking distance to a swimable beach that isn't surrounded by tourist or seasonal rentals. It doesn't exist so the rest of my dream home details don't matter.

Anyone else care to share WHERE there dream home is located? What town(s), state(s)?
+1. Where is at least as important as the house to us.

Still undecided, but our current short list is Portland OR, Seattle, NoVA or Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill. San Diego was on our list years ago, until we saw the COL...

True story: At a family reunion about 10 years ago, while fretting over finding our perfect place, a wise old Aunt told us bluntly - 'you're wasting your time, there is no perfect place, and if there was it would be so expensive and so crowded you wouldn't want to live there.' And she was absolutely right...unless you have a net worth greater than 8-9 digits.


Agree about no perfect place.
And if what asked for in my original post really did exist it would be even more astronomically expensive than what it is now and I'd be lamenting the price tag rather than the seasonal renters as potential neighbors

We live in San Diego. Our home is about 6 miles inland as the crow flies from Del Mar. Perfect weather. Few miles W or Ê it could be foggy or very hot depending on time of year. So it's pretty good, can't complain.

I'm a Northeast transplant, been away about 30 years, but still feel the tug to return now and then. An East Coast beach town with S Cal weather on a beach with the look and water color of the West Coast with ocean water temps found on the East coast in summer would be ideal. Now that's a dream! 8-)

It's still hard to fathom how much more we could get for the money in the East. At this point don't want bigger or more property to take care of, but it's a shock to discover if we downsized in San Diego it would be more expensive unless we moved to a less desirable area here. :oops: One story homes are hard to come by and new homes are designed to be as big as possible on tiny lots. No thanks!
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Post by TigerNest » Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:49 pm

  • Great public schools nearby
  • Short commute to work for me and my wife
  • Little traffic/safe for my kids to play outside
  • Friendly neighbors, while still having some privacy
  • Yard/ close to some nature

it feels like a bit of a pipe dream, I'm afraid. :-/

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Post by czeckers » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:41 pm

A big requirement for me is high energy efficiency. A net-zero home would be ideal. If paid for with cash, then the ongoing costs would be just taxes and water.
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Post by quantAndHold » Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:54 pm

island wrote:Ocean view home in San Diego County short walking distance to a swimable beach that isn't surrounded by tourist or seasonal rentals. It doesn't exist so the rest of my dream home details don't matter.

Anyone else care to share WHERE there dream home is located? What town(s), state(s)?


92104. On a canyon.

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by vitaflo » Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:58 pm

- 10 acres, half wooded.
- Massive landscaped perennial gardens.
- Single level (no basement), prairie style house, under 2500 sq ft.
- Open floor plan
- 2 Bedrooms w/ walk-in closets
- 2 1/2 baths (one with jacuzzi)
- His/Her offices
- Large kitchen with dual ovens
- Large south facing windows
- Walk out patio with trellis.
- Radiant heat, solar electricity
- Within 10 miles of a Target

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Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

Post by vveat » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:08 pm

We are pretty happy with what we have currently:
- 2,300 sqft ranch, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
- big room for large gatherings and small living room for TV watching
- cozy library room
- open floor, but we can send the kids and their friends to the finished basement and close the door if the noise bothers us too much
- remodeled by us, so to our taste, esp master bathroom with deep tub, heated floors and stand-alone shower
- no neighbors on one side, but a small river where the kids love to play, and place to store our boat during winter months
- close to friends, good schools, convenient to work and airport and to NYC

3 main downsides:
- problem neighbor (he's been trying to sell his house for more than a year, we wish him the very best of luck - if he leaves, we'll retire in this house :beer)
- mosquitoes in summer (more every year regretfully) - we've tried many methods, just about to invest in a Mosquito Magnet Trap :annoyed
- my husband would like some more land, or at least a bigger backyard, I would like more sunny spots for bigger scale veggies garden. But we can definitely do without either

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