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Old 09-02-2012, 09:21 PM
 
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I started this thread about 9 months ago and decided to give an update.
I am getting ready to list my house next week. I have worked
myself ragged trying to get the house repaired & looking good.

Still unsure of what I want next.

I really think I need a break after selling this house where I put stuff in storage & rent a
small apartment or townhouse and just rest some. I have decisions about where to live,
what type house or townhouse, & where to work. I am so tired from working on this house that
I don't want to make big decisions.

I think doing some R & R and some travel would help me clear my head and think about what is next.

Right now the thought of buying another house with yard work and projects is very unappealing...
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:26 AM
 
Location: NC
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I am also a SRL (single retired lady) and one day will need to make the big switch from hobby farm living to something else. I don't think most people can understand how huge a transition this is, so I understand your perplexity.

There are some really nice one story homes north of raleigh NC which are relatively small but do not have car parking in the front of the house. Instead there is a beautifully landscaped alley, and the garages are in the back. This has the advantage that the area does not look like a parking lot with houses attached, and it is just visually more uplifting. The lots are small, but with attractive landscaping, they can look pretty nice. (If I could remember where this was, I'd mention it here.) Good luck to you and let us know what happens. It might help others of us figure out some options.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:55 PM
 
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?? I'm sure you mean well but for the life of me don't see what and how alleys and back-garages contribute to this thread.

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There are some really nice one story homes north of raleigh NC which are relatively small but do not have car parking in the front of the house. Instead there is a beautifully landscaped alley, and the garages are in the back. This has the advantage that the area does not look like a parking lot with houses attached, and it is just visually more uplifting. The lots are small, but with attractive landscaping, they can look pretty nice. (If I could remember where this was, I'd mention it here.) Good luck to you and let us know what happens. It might help others of us figure out some options.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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I started this thread about 9 months ago and decided to give an update.
I am getting ready to list my house next week. I have worked
myself ragged trying to get the house repaired & looking good.

Still unsure of what I want next.

I really think I need a break after selling this house where I put stuff in storage & rent a
small apartment or townhouse and just rest some. I have decisions about where to live,
what type house or townhouse, & where to work. I am so tired from working on this house that
I don't want to make big decisions.

I think doing some R & R and some travel would help me clear my head and think about what is next.

Right now the thought of buying another house with yard work and projects is very unappealing...
Sounds like excellent thinking and I can relate to all the work required to get a house on the market - especially when you are a single female. Make sure you get that R&R
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:38 AM
 
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I am also a SRL (single retired lady) and one day will need to make the big switch from hobby farm living to something else. I don't think most people can understand how huge a transition this is, so I understand your perplexity.

There are some really nice one story homes north of raleigh NC which are relatively small but do not have car parking in the front of the house. Instead there is a beautifully landscaped alley, and the garages are in the back. This has the advantage that the area does not look like a parking lot with houses attached, and it is just visually more uplifting. The lots are small, but with attractive landscaping, they can look pretty nice. (If I could remember where this was, I'd mention it here.) Good luck to you and let us know what happens. It might help others of us figure out some options.
I think all the input is great...I think I know the place you are talking about and there is something very charming about the area.. Falls River and Bedford off Durant Rd have some of these.
It's like a step between a townhouse and a larger house to me ...
I have never been crazy about the garage being the whole front of the house like so many new house designs have now.

ps..i grew up riding..do you have horses now..
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:34 AM
 
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?? I'm sure you mean well but for the life of me don't see what and how alleys and back-garages contribute to this thread.
I think this is a reference to the kind of communities that are planned and built, often known as "New Urbanism." They are built to echo a small town, with garages and access to same behind the houses, so the smallish front yards and porches and the "front" of the neighborhood function as a neighborhood, with people walking, pushing strollers, walking dogs, being out in public in a community that encourages a public life.
Contrast this to a common new suburban enclave, with a giant garage sticking out the front of the house ("snout house) presenting a blank face to the few souls who happen to pass by on bike or foot. Anecdotally, I've noticed out West (in Colorado and Nevada) that the street running past these houses is absurdly wide- wide enough for the equivalent of 3-4 lanes of traffic that will never be there. The whole effect is (to me) very alienating and isolating.
I think that's why one poster referred to the alleys and garages of one community she/he knows about. Such planned communities often are aimed at older people, being one level, closer together, etc.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:12 AM
 
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I think this is a reference to the kind of communities that are planned and built, often known as "New Urbanism." They are built to echo a small town, with garages and access to same behind the houses, so the smallish front yards and porches and the "front" of the neighborhood function as a neighborhood, with people walking, pushing strollers, walking dogs, being out in public in a community that encourages a public life.
Contrast this to a common new suburban enclave, with a giant garage sticking out the front of the house ("snout house) presenting a blank face to the few souls who happen to pass by on bike or foot. Anecdotally, I've noticed out West (in Colorado and Nevada) that the street running past these houses is absurdly wide- wide enough for the equivalent of 3-4 lanes of traffic that will never be there. The whole effect is (to me) very alienating and isolating.
I think that's why one poster referred to the alleys and garages of one community she/he knows about. Such planned communities often are aimed at older people, being one level, closer together, etc.
It does feel more friendly. In the neighborhood I lived in before everyone relaxed on their back decks and the front of the house was a "blank face"

Its the community I am looking for and it seems like some city areas have more community than the suburbs.
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