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Old 03-15-2013, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Central
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Default What happened to the boarding house?

You know - the old fashioned kind where someone with a house with excess rooms could rent out to traveling workers on a short or mid-term basis. A clean easy place to live in where sometimes meals were provided by the proprietor.

Provided a spacious cheap housing option for young singles looking to get started. Allowed people (often older women) to rent out rooms and keep their homes when otherwise they would have to sell and move from the neighborhood they've spent their whole lives in.

I'm not talking about flop houses. Some could be quite nice - think Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson at 221b Baker Street.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville, NC
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We have a client that does this. She, a single mom, just bought a new 5 bedroom house and is renting out three of the rooms and covers her mortgage. No board provided. She did it before when she was renting and likes it. It would not be my choice. Her boarders are professionals white collar types who work in town and commute back to their homes most weekends.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:21 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Kind of sad to no longer hear of those places. I think they are more rare now because of the lack of trust between people.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Zoning laws. They're illegal or so cumbersome in most places they might as well be, at least in the United States.

They've largely been replaced with more informal room shares (Craiglist) that don't fall under draconian regulations. There's also apodments-style apartments popping up again. They're unregulated in Seattle, but may not be for long.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:32 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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The still exist, but in different forms.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:06 PM
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Location: You want kimchi with that?
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One of the things that made a boarding house different from just renting a room was that it provided board - IE meals.

At a time when there were few convenience foods, without even refrigerators, etc - a working single person without time to do daily shopping, cooking, etc and too poor to have a servant who did NOT live in a boarding house would have to rely on restaurant meals.

The introduction of refrigerators, convenience foods of all kinds, and in more recent times microwaves, have made it much easier for a single working person to keep their own household. Rooming houses of one kind or another may still exist, but the need for boarding houses is much less.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Kind of sad to no longer hear of those places. I think they are more rare now because of the lack of trust between people.
More specifically - neighbors.

[some of it justified, some of it not]
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Central
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More specifically - neighbors.

[some of it justified, some of it not]
Even more specifically - NIMBYs.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Even more specifically - NIMBYs.
Agreed.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:15 PM
 
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Webb Wilder is the last of the boardinghouse people.


www.webbwilder.com
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