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Old 09-17-2007, 04:39 PM
 
Location: WA
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... We will get a condo, rather than a house,
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I thought that and was very glad to give up the condo after ten years. It is shared ownership and decision making... and I have found that it is impossible to get a number of people to agree on the color of the sky!

I have learned and will never buy another condo. The residents will have different budgets and agendas and it can be an environment of constant negotiation and conflict on things that would be a simple decision done alone. Condo expenses will escalate weather you agree with the expenditures or not and you may be forced into a leadership role (like it or not) to preserve your investment and way of life.

Do full research and talk with multiple residents if you decide to go forward with a condo.
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Old 09-20-2007, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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I thought that and was very glad to give up the condo after ten years. It is shared ownership and decision making... and I have found that it is impossible to get a number of people to agree on the color of the sky!

I have learned and will never buy another condo. The residents will have different budgets and agendas and it can be an environment of constant negotiation and conflict on things that would be a simple decision done alone. Condo expenses will escalate weather you agree with the expenditures or not and you may be forced into a leadership role (like it or not) to preserve your investment and way of life.

Do full research and talk with multiple residents if you decide to go forward with a condo.

You are so good to give me this advice. This is actually a rental of a condo, so we will have none of our own money invested in it. It is a long term lease at an extremely reasonable rate. The apartments in it are very much in demand and have a long waiting list. We kind fell into this situation that is perfect for us, although eccentric for many.

No, this is in Seattle. Much of the land, particularly near the coast is on rubble packed down with clay. Seattle sits on top of an earthquake waiting to happen. It does not matter how well a building is retrofit for earthquakes when the ground is unstable. I would not purchase property near the water there, but I don't feel that bad about renting.

It is an eclectic building, and you are right about strange condos. This one allows no dogs and practically everyone owns a cat. They get together in common areas for kitty socializing. Each cat has a room number on his collar, in case he gets lost. Also, no kids and most of the people are retired. We investigated, and it is our kind of crazy but sweet place, but if we were young, dog-lovers, it would be a sad match and probably drive us mad.
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Old 09-25-2007, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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We are going to summer in Sitka, Alaska, winter in Arizona

It has been a three year project but, we are building a log home in Sitka and are looking forward to the wonderful enviornment the area provides!

Who knows - maybe we will even do some of the "tour guiding" that the cruise ships need
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Old 09-25-2007, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Like Plains10 said Crossville TN, well outside crossville in Fairfield Glade, cheap living in a well manicured development, mild climate, lakes all around, decent shopping and good shopping 60 miles away in Knoxville, community center, amminities like the rest of the world takes for granted in TN no less.
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Old 09-25-2007, 05:39 PM
 
Location: WA
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We are going to summer in Sitka, Alaska, winter in Arizona

It has been a three year project but, we are building a log home in Sitka and are looking forward to the wonderful enviornment the area provides!

Who knows - maybe we will even do some of the "tour guiding" that the cruise ships need
Congratulations, it sounds like a great plan. I think Sitka is a beautiful place; was the best of the half dozens towns we saw on a cruise.
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Old 09-25-2007, 09:12 PM
 
Location: New River
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Anything East of the Rockies unless you are in Canada is hot and humid in the summer. Many places near metro areas with nice climates are expensive. Phoenix is less expensive than CA but the summers are getting hotter and hotter.

Many people who have more money are moving to Flagstaff for the cooler air with no pollution. Others are going to Prescott Valley area for more moderate priced housing but temps just slightly less than Phoenix, still near 100 during the summer.

Santa Barbara CA has mostly million dollar homes BUT there is some very modest housing and some rentals and the climate and air is great there. Just came back from a vacation there. Have you thought of buying a boat and living in that year round. Many people are doing that in Santa Barbara. We have considered it.

If you would go the way of adventure -- off grid -- backup generators and solar panels are expensive to install but reliable nowadays -- outer area land in many places is a lot less expensive if it is off grid. There is always a handyman who can help you out if you don't feel qualified to do that sort of thing. Water is the only problem in some areas. We are still considering the boat idea.
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Old 09-26-2007, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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IceCat,

Could you give us an idea of where to look at boats that you could live in year round? What is the cost of the dock fee?
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:31 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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It is an eclectic building, and you are right about strange condos. This one allows no dogs and practically everyone owns a cat. They get together in common areas for kitty socializing. Each cat has a room number on his collar, in case he gets lost. Also, no kids and most of the people are retired. We investigated, and it is our kind of crazy but sweet place, but if we were young, dog-lovers, it would be a sad match and probably drive us mad.

Sounds like a wild and crazy (but pleasant) place!
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:34 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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We'll take our time to decide on our place in the sun.

or the rain, waterlilly.......(in case you go with Portland)
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Old 09-27-2007, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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It is an eclectic building, and you are right about strange condos. This one allows no dogs and practically everyone owns a cat. They get together in common areas for kitty socializing. Each cat has a room number on his collar, in case he gets lost. Also, no kids and most of the people are retired. We investigated, and it is our kind of crazy but sweet place, but if we were young, dog-lovers, it would be a sad match and probably drive us mad.

Sounds like a wild and crazy (but pleasant) place!
Yes, we are looking foward to a place of 'strangeness'. I was looking at the British Air site which lists attractions/events from all over the world, and found this, about 40 min from Seattle:

The small artists' colony of Langley, Washington State, is completely taken over once a year by the investigations surrounding a diabolical crime. Visitors and residents attempt to solve the mystery and the whole town gets involved in the interactive play.
The event started in 1984 when bored residents joined together to brighten up a winter weekend. Every year since then they have written another story and acted the roles of "suspects" that participants must interview in order to guess the crook.

If you fancy getting involved, you simply need to pay your US$5 entry fee at the visitor centre (208 Anthes Street) and you are presented with a newspaper with stories about the crime, photos of suspects, a map showing the crime scene and locations where clues can be found. After that, it's all up to you...

All is revealed in a finale at the school auditorium, where the plot is explained and prizes given out. Prizes are awarded to those who solve the mystery

Website:
Langley Mystery Weekend Website


I am sure this is not everyone's cup o' tea, but we would just love it.
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