Monday, May 08, 2006
The Realistic Dream House
Didn't I say this whole idea of getting pre-qualified is going to get me in trouble? I don't want to buy a house for a year, yet I'm already looking. Okay, well not really, but I got this "oh so tempting" listing for a great house in a great neighborhood at a VERY good price. So good I had to take a look. Well, like the old saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This house was on a big hill. BIG hill with lots of trees and rocks above it. Uhhh, no thanks. The last thing I need is a rock fall problem. So it got me thinking, with my current income, what kind of house do I really want? I wrote a while back on my dream life. Some of it was dreamy and some more realistic....Realistic because it's sort of within my means...You know? A dream life would be making millions of dollars through passive income and having two huge mansions one in Hawaii and one in Whistler. Okay, make that 3...one in Vegas too :). Right now it's just me and my dog. But looking forward, waaaaaay forward, I would like something for a family as well. I would also like to be able to generate some passive income while living there. So here's my dream realistic house: ~ 5000-10000 sqft lot size ~ 1200-1500 sqft living space - A decent sized yard, with a portion fenced off for Brownie to run around. - Early mail delivery. Yes, I like having my mail delivered early! - Hands free faucet in the kitchen. - Target price of around $500-650K - Off major streets - Level lot - 2 car garage - Fairly up to date electrical system, if not then the ability to upgrade easily. - 10' ceilings - 4 Bedrooms (Maybe a split, two level house, so I can rent one and live in another) - Wired for CAT 6E. I'm pretty sure this is something I'll have to setup myself. - I would like a location about 15 mins from town. - Friendly neighbors...who wouldn't want that! - Decent amount of street parking - Breezy and cool location - Fairly close to freeway Is that asking for too much? By the way, can you tell where I live? I live on Oahu, in the state of Hawaii. I guess it's kind of important to know that since I could probably get a lot more house somewhere else. Yeah, housing is expensive here. The cost of living in such a beautiful state I guess.