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Movin' on up - the houses you grew up in.
Old 06-08-2016, 07:01 PM   #1
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Movin' on up - the houses you grew up in.

DW and I went on a Smithsonian tour in West Virginia this past weekend and along with all of the old geezers was a 10 year old boy. At that age there are no filters between brain and mouth and at one time he commented very loudly, "Wow, these houses aren't any bigger than an RV."

This made me reflect on the homes that I grew up in. So I hopped on Zillow and looked up the current estimate on the houses that I grew up in. The results: the first house I remember was 936 sq ft and has a current Zestimate of $72K. The one we were living in when I left for college was 1100 sq ft and is estimated at $93K. 5 kids were raised in these two houses.

In addition, the two homes that Mom and Dad lived in after retirement were 794 sq ft ($38K) and 698 sq ft which is currently listed for sale at $59K.

Clearly, this is an extreme LCOL living area - for good reason, it is really not very pleasant.

No wonder my relatives think I'm rich. DW and I have 2500 sq ft just for the two of us.

I'm not sure what the point is behind this post, except that DW, my daughters, and I have always had a keen awareness of just how fortunate our lives have been when we compare our living situations to those of my relatives. It's amazing how a few key decisions, made when you are 18 and too stupid to really know better, can really change how things turn out.
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My first home (till age 4) is worth $450k per zillow. It's 1300sf and backs up to high voltage power lines. I think my dad sold it for $12k in 1966ish. It sold in '93 for $175k. This is in San Diego - so HCOL area.

My second home happens to be the one I live in. (I bought from my dad). The number zillow shows is obscene - and not what we paid. We've been in the house enough years that it's paid off and appreciated plenty. It's just over 2000sf, plus the casita we built for the inlaws that now provides us rental income.

My husbands childhood home is now owned by his brother (who bought it from his parents.) 1150 sf, worth, maybe, $121k per zillow. It's in NE Philadelphia. They managed to raise 6 kids in that house.
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I lived in the same house my entire childhood. It was just under 1000 sqft. There were 4 of us. When my brother and I were teenagers it was a bit cramped since there were 3 guys 6'4" or taller and my mom isn't short at 5'8". That's the only house i've ever lived in. My apartments were all under 1000 sq ft and my condo was 860 sq ft.
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House what house, military housing, mostly domestic except for a turn in Germany and Hawaii....the best one was a small duplex in Fort Lewis and the worst one was little more then a cement block row of houses sitting out in western Utah at Tooele Army Depot. That yard was tumbleweeds and jackrabbits. This was in the 50's 60's and 70's base housing was very spartan especially for enlisted men.

The result of all this is that I've never been very interested in big houses and stuff, I'm very low key in that area.
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Interesting post. I recently used Google to 'walk' up the street I grew up on as a kid (7-14). I saw all my old friends homes, and ours. We rented a 3BR 1 BA place for $155 a month.

It sold as a 3BR 2BA place, for $749,000 in Feb 2016. It is in Hawaii, so the prices have skyrocketed. Back then, a $100K home was real high.

So, I lived in a nearly $1M home as a kid. I have that going for me.
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Old 06-08-2016, 08:26 PM   #7
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The house I lived in until age 15 no longer exists. The state of Ohio bought the property for a highway exit. It was a "kit" house that my dad built after work and on weekends. It took him almost two years to finish. It was a basic 3 bedrooms, 1 bath house. I'll estimate that it was about 1000 sq. ft. Then my parents purchased a 2600 sq. ft. mid-century modern glass house. Absolutely beautiful. It's on Zillow for $200,000. If the same house were here in Colorado it would probably be well over $1 million. Like they say, location, location, location.
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Growing up; apartment I don't remember (birth - 6 months); small 3 bedroom ranch (6 months - ~8 years old); ~2500 sf 4 bedroom split ranch three houses up from the small 3 bedroom ranch (~8 years old until I left home)

College: dorm rooms for 2 years, 4-man on-campus apt for 1 year, 2-man on-campus apt for 1 year

Young adult: 2 bedroom apt for 6 months; sharing 5 bedroom house for 18 months; 3 different apartments in the metro Boston area with DW for 4 years

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We recently had a 90+ year old woman who was a pillar of the community pass away - while a simple farm girl, she was also at one-time a state legislator (as are two of her daughters) - what I thought was really cool is that she lived in the same farm house her entire life and died in the room she was born in.
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Parents lived across the street from each other. Moms house 960 sq ft 2bd 1ba Zestimate is 480k. Mom had 4 sibs. I lived there in college. It had 3 tiny closets. Dads house 3bd 1ba 1450 sq ft. Parents lived there with grandparents and my 4 sibs and there always seemed to be an out of town relative visiting too. Zestimate is 680k. These are on Capitol Hill in Wash DC. We moved to the house I grew up in which is 3 bd 2ba 1400 sq ft but the 2nd bath was added when I was about 10yrs old. Zestimate is 560k (more than my home in the burbs which is >2x sq ft), but I think the Zestimates are 20% too high.


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Growing up, we (mom, dad and 3 kids) lived in trailer parks, cheap apartments and occasionally base housing. When I was a senior in high school, my dad retired from the Navy and he and my mom bought the first house they ever owned. It was far and away the largest of all the places we lived. Zillow says it is 1056 sqft. I slept in the basement, because there were only 3 bedrooms and my brother and I were tired of sharing.
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I agree that Zillow is pretty unreliable - I guess I was struck by the observation that my housing is nearly an order of magnitude higher priced than what I grew up in AND I still was able to retire early with the purchase.

I was discussing this stuff with a golf buddy of mine (who also grew up in a blue collar household) and he said, "When I was growing up, I didn't know I was poor." And I replied, "That's because everyone living around you was in the same situation that you were." It amazes me every day how much more secure my financial life has been than that of my parents and my siblings.

Of course, if I had listened to the mortgage companies when I was buying, I would be living in an even nicer house, but I CERTAINLY wouldn't be retired and my financial security would have been shaky throughout much of my life.
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Growing up, we (mom, dad and 3 kids) lived in trailer parks, cheap apartments and occasionally base housing. When I was a senior in high school, my dad retired from the Navy and he and my mom bought the first house they ever owned. It was far and away the largest of all the places we lived. Zillow says it is 1056 sqft. I slept in the basement, because there were only 3 bedrooms and my brother and I were tired of sharing.
We were pretty lucky(?) that I was 16 years older than my youngest brother. By the time he was old enough to move into the boys' bedroom (all of 8 feet x 11 feet) I was off to college. So three beds were still all that was needed. We were always jealous that my sister got her own bedroom (8x8). For much of the time that we had a basement, one of Dad's financially-strapped coworkers was living in it rent-free.
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I just cringe when I read about the demand driven extremely expensive house prices in so many large cities and in places like California.

1st house--1500 sq. ft. 3 bedroom 2 bath all brick house with double car garage in Memphis. $42,441 in 1974.
2nd house--4400 sq. ft. 6 bedroom house with 16' x 32' den--$570 payment in 1987 outside Nashville. The town is now #2 most expensive place to live in the state.
3rd house--4200 sq. ft. in swim-tennis neighborhood in northern perimeter of Atlanta. $800 mo. including taxes. Sold for list price to 3rd person that looked at it in 2002.
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5th house--5000 sq. ft.+ 5 bedroom 5 bath house with 25' x 49' man cave and two double car garages. Paid cash for foreclosure--just under $300K.

And I consider myself fortunate to have grown up and lived in low cost of living cities in The South.
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We recently had a 90+ year old woman who was a pillar of the community pass away - while a simple farm girl, she was also at one-time a state legislator (as are two of her daughters) - what I thought was really cool is that she lived in the same farm house her entire life and died in the room she was born in.

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Growing up house: 1100 sq ft, current Zillow est. of $109K. 3 bed, 1 bath for 5 people in Chicago.

1st bought: about 1100 sq ft apartment, 3 bed, 1 bath (lived in one and rented out two). current Zillow est of $366k for the 3 flats. Chicago.

current house: 2111 sq ft house, 4 bed, 3 bath, $550k Zillow est. Chicago.
vacation house: about 1500 sqft, $125k est. 2 hrs outside of Chicago
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We recently had a 90+ year old woman who was a pillar of the community pass away - while a simple farm girl, she was also at one-time a state legislator (as are two of her daughters) - what I thought was really cool is that she lived in the same farm house her entire life and died in the room she was born in.
That is pretty cool. Down the road from my Dad, there was a brother and sister that lived next to each other. They build two houses on 4 lots that covered about 4 acres many, many years ago. The sister never married and had no kids. The brother was married but wife died about 20 years ago...again, no kids. When the sister had a stroke @ 94 years old, she moved in with the brother and she died about a year later. He lived in the house, completely independent, until he died last year at 101 years old. Unfortunately, the area is in VERY HIGH demand, so the houses and lots were bought up almost immediately and the two cute ranch homes will soon be bulldozed so they can put up at least 5 McMansions on the land. It's a shame, because the lots are beautiful and they took great care of the houses and the yards. Oh well...progress, right?
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You had a house? We lived in a hole in the ground. With no roof.
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You had a house? We lived in a hole in the ground. With no roof.
And no floor!

I remember (barely) when we lived in a Quonset hut.
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You had a house? We lived in a hole in the ground. With no roof.
This is what I was thinking! I can't compete in the "I grew up in a small, wretched house" department so I haven't posted to this thread.


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