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Old 06-19-2008, 01:26 PM
 
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dont we have one high rise condo building? its by Utep isnt it?
its not really high rise its more mid rise
I don't think its a condo building but I might be wrong.
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Old 06-19-2008, 01:31 PM
 
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Ahhh, now I see what you mean by Brownstones, I thought that was a neighborhood name.

I think one reason we don't have them is because we don't have to do that, we've plenty of open land. Common-walled homes are usually found in old city centers, built when no one considered living in suburban areas. Most homes in Europe are like this, and I think someone looking for a home would, if given the choice, choose a free standing home than one attached to a neighbors if the home was only one, or two stories.

The closest thing to that you have in El Paso are duplexes. Our families in Europe, and Argentina really envy that we live in free standing homes. To them, it is a status symbol, they think we are so lucky. 'All relative I guess.

I think what you are wanting, Munhay, is a themed, or master planned community based on common wall construction?

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Old 06-19-2008, 01:50 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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I disagree, if Duplexes are popular, then Brownstones should be even more so... you get more house with one.

Also just because we don't have to, does not mean we shouldn't. If we keep sprawling.. what makes El Paso great will be lost to us. We need to start thinking of new ways to make a smaller footprint... and give more reasonable housing that bonds communities.

Here are some more images.. these would make great homes in El Paso.. they can have a more Mexican, Western feel to them too..





Some of these may even be a good idea in the flood area, as you can see they rise up 10-15 feet above the ground level.
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Old 06-19-2008, 02:43 PM
 
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Condos have garages too, but you are limited in space, and you are usually alloted one spot, and have to pay for a second. Plus you can't store your junk in a condo garage, but again, they do have storage, but guess what, you have to pay!
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Where I live, no condo comes with free parking. If you want parking, you have to buy the space separately! Especially downtown. I know people who's sole business and source of income is to buy parking spots and either resell them, or rent them out!!
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Old 06-20-2008, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I live in a high rise apt. in downtown Jakarta. Those high rise condo/apts/shopping center one-stop-shops that are cropping up in "Houston & Boise" are commonplace here, because it's so densely populated that a 20 min trip to the store could easily take 2 hours due to traffic. I'm sure we'll see more of these popping up all over the US & El Paso sooner than later w/the cost of fuel.


These high rise condo/apt may sound & look uber-appealing & "sophisto" when depicted in pop culture t.v. shows, but you'd gasp in disbelief if I told you how much our rent is for a 2 bedrm one-of-these that's maybe 1800 sq ft. Especially, when you can hear your neighbor's screaming infant behind the wall of your living room while trying to watch a movie. Furthermore, the hassle of people knowing your business & just being too close for comfort.


Take it from me, the grass is always greener on the other side. We should relish in our surplus of wide open space in the Southwest. Besides why would you want to pay 300,000+ for your living space to be attached to another unit & potentially not have a garage if not your own? Last time I checked, a great many of El Pasoans are on tight budgets.
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Old 06-22-2008, 12:16 AM
 
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Anelizk, my company had asked me if I'd be interested in relocating to Abu Dhabi recently. The rent for a 3 bedroom flat was 95K US per year, paid in full, up front. Of course, my company would have been footing the bill. 'Just threw that out for comparison.

There is currently an opportunity for me to relocate to LA, but again, my 3k sq ft home in Houston which I paid only 160K for will cost me over 1.3 million in LA, I've been told. I could get a small home of 1500 sq ft for about 600K. 'Don't think I'll take up that opportunity either.

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Old 06-22-2008, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Anelizk, my company had asked me if I'd be interested in relocating to Abu Dhabi recently. The rent for a 3 bedroom flat was 95K US per year, paid in full, up front. Of course, my company would have been footing the bill. 'Just threw that out for comparison.

There is currently an opportunity for me to relocate to LA, but again, my 3k sq ft home in Houston which I paid only 160K for will cost me over 1.3 million in LA, I've been told. I could get a small home of 1500 sq ft for about 600K. 'Don't think I'll take up that opportunity either.

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Your experience w/the Abu Dhabi offer is very similar to mine, however, it was "go to Indonesia or possibly get sent to Iraq" for my husband (he's a Navy pilot), our obscene rent is on the dime of good folks like yourself!

Your smart for turning down LA, while CA is beautiful, the advantages you spoke of in Houston far outweigh getting to go to the beach! We're headed to Alb. NM come Nov.& we're looking forward to those same advantages also!

Cheers!
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:50 AM
 
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I live in a high rise apt. in downtown Jakarta. Those high rise condo/apts/shopping center one-stop-shops that are cropping up in "Houston & Boise" are commonplace here, because it's so densely populated that a 20 min trip to the store could easily take 2 hours due to traffic. I'm sure we'll see more of these popping up all over the US & El Paso sooner than later w/the cost of fuel.


These high rise condo/apt may sound & look uber-appealing & "sophisto" when depicted in pop culture t.v. shows, but you'd gasp in disbelief if I told you how much our rent is for a 2 bedrm one-of-these that's maybe 1800 sq ft. Especially, when you can hear your neighbor's screaming infant behind the wall of your living room while trying to watch a movie. Furthermore, the hassle of people knowing your business & just being too close for comfort.


Take it from me, the grass is always greener on the other side. We should relish in our surplus of wide open space in the Southwest. Besides why would you want to pay 300,000+ for your living space to be attached to another unit & potentially not have a garage if not your own? Last time I checked, a great many of El Pasoans are on tight budgets.

Yes -- to me the Southwest is about big skies and open space. It's supposed to sprawl because we like elbow room. I think the houses going up are far too close together and look all the same.

I prefer the older neighborhoods here where the yards are bigger, or especially certain non-subdivision type neighborhoods where all the houses look quite different from each other.
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Old 06-22-2008, 02:31 PM
 
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Hey MAL, same houses and style and just a foot or two between them out here as well.. so we might as well build brownstones.
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Old 06-23-2008, 08:39 PM
 
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Hey MAL, same houses and style and just a foot or two between them out here as well.. so we might as well build brownstones.
Well --- I think there are some condos -- somewhere on Resler north and south of Mesa St, and I think I've seen others in that same general area. There are quite a few duplexes where you can own one half a house.

You're right -- the way the new subdivisions look with only enough space to squeeze between the houses if you're skinny, they might as well be like those brownstones. The houses all have the same look just like those brownstones.

What we don't have are trees like those, the brick and the steps up.
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