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    @Kehaulani

    We were incredibly lucky... "Jungle Village" near Vienna used to be "recreational area" where land owners were only allowed to put up bathing huts on their properties - nothing to live in permanently, just shelters for holidays. When my wife got hold of the property by guaranteed long lease, that ban was still in place, so we paid around €15k as main payment and have a guaranteed lease to pay of €800 per year. We intended to use the property more or less for one or two storage huts. But out of the blue, the local authorities decided that they needed space for permanent housing, and where better than in an area where all the infrastucture was already in place? So they lifted the ban, and within weeks of getting hold of that 99-year lease, we were allowed to build a permanent home there...



  • @Dr-GO said in Martin Committee Club:

    @tjveloce said in Martin Committee Club:
    ...share photos of the home and property.

    -tj

    This room DEFINITELY says TRUMPET PLAYER lives here. Trumpet on the floor next to the piano to transcribe those trumpet parts... And Miles on the wall... That says it all tj-Committee Club Member extraordinaire!

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    Thanks Doc-my office usually has a lot more in it trumpet related, but if all you're going have is one horn, why not have it be a Committee?

    -tj



  • @barliman2001 I suppose it's heartening to know that North America is not the only place with bureaucracy! Thanks for sharing.

    -tj



  • @Dr-GO I love it. Where are you in the world?

    -tj



  • @Kehaulani Normally we do too.....but our property has a view that cannot ever be taken away, which counts for something because we put up with a good amount of risk (we're in wildfire country) just for that view.

    -tj



  • @flugelgirl said in Martin Committee Club:

    Wow, those are definitely not homes paid for as musicians! We are fortunate that we’ve saved and planned well, and bought and sold houses at most of our duty stations. In our area south of Seattle that gets us a Nice 1980 ranch In an affordable price range. The same size 50s ranch in SoCal cost us about $50k less, and our 50s Cape Cod in Norfolk about $100k less. New homes in developments near us start at $500k, while similar homes in Woodinville near my work start at 1.1mil. Our house would be worth at least twice it’s current value if it were in that area with no other changes to house or lot! This isn’t the most affordable place to live, but it sure does feel like home. We could have bought a house with cash in my hometown area and still have had plenty of savings, but what an awful place for musicians to live! It’s all about happiness in the end.

    So what you're saying is "location matters?" = ) It's hard when natives see such drastic changes in their home town, city, or state. As a native Californian, going on my 54th year, the Bay Area (and the state) have changed drastically in my life. We're holding on as long as we can.

    -tj



  • @tjveloce said in Martin Committee Club:

    @Dr-GO I love it. Where are you in the world?

    -tj

    Dayton Ohio where our house just over 4,000 sq ft is just under $400,000.



  • @Dr-GO said in Martin Committee Club:

    @tjveloce said in Martin Committee Club:
    Dayton Ohio where our house just over 4,000 sq ft is just under $400,000.

    I empathise. When we bought our house in Hawai'i, it cost $17,000.00. When I visited the Islands recently, I visited that home and was told two similar houses on the same block sold recently for $90,000.00 and a cool million, respectively!


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    Geez!! My 1400sqft ranch is worth $350k now - give it a Seattle zip and it would go for around $700k. The most expensive home for sale in my hometown in ME is listed for $100k, and is overpriced in that area. It’s a 6 bed Victorian with an apartment over the carriage house and a guest cottage. We could buy that house and never have to work again, and be bored out of our minds for the rest of our lives. We’ll happily stick with what we’ve got!



  • @tjveloce Wow- that house is amazing. Any more interior pics (trying to steal your plans ...)?

    Well, I'm at 2075 sqft, and ballpark 320K, but that's exactly where it was 12 years ago ....


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    @flugelgirl said in Martin Committee Club:

    Geez!! My 1400sqft ranch is worth $350k now - give it a Seattle zip and it would go for around $700k. The most expensive home for sale in my hometown in ME is listed for $100k, and is overpriced in that area. It’s a 6 bed Victorian with an apartment over the carriage house and a guest cottage. We could buy that house and never have to work again, and be bored out of our minds for the rest of our lives. We’ll happily stick with what we’ve got!

    I know, where the jobs are not, there the houses are big and cheap!


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