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Old 03-01-2018, 06:36 PM
 
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I have been searching rentals in the HEB area and it looks like houses don't have basements... is that the norm in this area?
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Old 03-01-2018, 07:37 PM
 
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Yes, houses in north Texas hardly ever have basements for several reasons. Do a search here. It’s been discussed many times!
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Old 03-02-2018, 11:55 PM
 
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No, they do not have basements.
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Old 03-03-2018, 10:04 PM
 
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thank you!
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Old 03-04-2018, 12:09 PM
 
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I've probably been in 20,000 houses in DFW area and I've seen about 4 that had basements. I think 2 of those were built on a hill so one side was in the hill and the other side open to the air, so maybe not a true basement.
Very unlike many other areas of the country and maybe we need them more.
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Old 03-05-2018, 12:27 PM
 
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So coming from colorado, where *everyone* has a basement I just wonder what people in Texas use for storage? LOL Do you all just not keep as much crap around?
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Old 03-05-2018, 12:36 PM
 
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So coming from colorado, where *everyone* has a basement I just wonder what people in Texas use for storage? LOL Do you all just not keep as much crap around?
That's my solution but I also notice that there are a ton of storage facilities around compared to what I saw when I lived in Atlanta where basements are plentiful.
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Old 03-05-2018, 01:40 PM
 
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Attic or storage unit. Just have to be careful not to put anything that will melt up there.
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Old 03-06-2018, 01:08 PM
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So coming from colorado, where *everyone* has a basement I just wonder what people in Texas use for storage? LOL Do you all just not keep as much crap around?


Some years ago, when we were looking for a house, we visited a new housing development on a street here in Fort Worth. Rather nice houses, around 1500 square feet, but with limited closet or storage space. They did have two-car garages.


We ended up buying an older home in a neighborhood close by. Meanwhile, those newer houses all eventually sold. If one were to drive down that street (as I do all the time) you would notice that just about every single owner parks their vehicles outside. If a garage door for a house happens to be open, you will see why: the garages serve as storage units.


As for basements: I grew up on a street in Arlington Heights (Fort Worth). On the west side of the street, several people had basements (like our next door neighbor), but there were none on the east side.


A young medical doctor bought an empty lot on the east side of the street, and began building his own house, with a basement. Thoughtful neighbors informed him that one could not have basements on that side of the street due to an 'underground river'.


The doctor scoffed at the notion (since almost directly across the street was a house, our neighbors, with a basement), and proceeded to build a two story house, with a full basement, along with a shaft in the basement for a planned elevator (which itself seemed odd to all, but he was an odd man in many ways).


He never got to use the basement, for it, and the elevator shaft, continually had water in it. I believe he had sump pumps running on a more-or-less regular basis (especially when it rained), and especially for that elevator shaft (which was about 6 feet deep, if I recall, and almost continually full of water).


This was the mid 1970s. Due to divorce and other changes in his life, he decided to sell the house sometime in the early 2000s. It took him years to sell, I assume due to that basement.
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Old 04-06-2018, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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So coming from colorado, where *everyone* has a basement I just wonder what people in Texas use for storage? LOL Do you all just not keep as much crap around?
Hardly anyone in Tx parks their cars in the garage, they are full of "stuff"!
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