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Old 08-20-2013, 12:40 PM   #41
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...I even realized that I'm having problems with accepting the fact that the house price range we're choosing to 'afford' in retirement could be a very different neighborhood than the types of neighborhoods we've called home for the last 10 years.

I hope it doesn't come across as 'snobbery' but I just will not live in a house where the guy next door can have his car up on blocks, weeds are rampant, and there are beer cans strewn about.

Now that I know I will compromise in some areas and not others it may mean our house buying budget goes up a bit and we find other areas to cut back.
Guess this means we won't be neighbors.
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:59 PM   #42
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I hope it doesn't come across as 'snobbery' but I just will not live in a house where the guy next door can have his car up on blocks, weeds are rampant, and there are beer cans strewn about.

Now that I know I will compromise in some areas and not others it may mean our house buying budget goes up a bit and we find other areas to cut back.

It's not, that guy is my neighbor and I don't appreciate him when I think about selling.

Oh well our last place on isolated 20 acres. Only 2 houses you could even see. One a nice old farmhouse, the other was too, till the meth makers took over. Sure officer you can set up your sting on the front 10, we've never seen anything back here.

They went away.

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Old 08-20-2013, 01:00 PM   #43
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Thanks, I am feeling better. This group is better than a therapist... available 24x7, great insights and free to boot... what more could a LBYM person want!

But seriously, what you've been able to do is help me dig deeper into what I was and am feeling and help come up with concrete solutions.

I even realized that I'm having problems with accepting the fact that the house price range we're choosing to 'afford' in retirement could be a very different neighborhood than the types of neighborhoods we've called home for the last 10 years.

I hope it doesn't come across as 'snobbery' but I just will not live in a house where the guy next door can have his car up on blocks, weeds are rampant, and there are beer cans strewn about.

Now that I know I will compromise in some areas and not others it may mean our house buying budget goes up a bit and we find other areas to cut back.
We have found we can save money by going smaller on the house size, smaller on the yard size, and a bit further out of town since we aren't commuting to jobs every day. For us we can save 50% on the house price just doing those three things and live in the same type of neighborhood we do now.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:41 PM   #44
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How about if they're really nice blocks, like good landscaping pavers?

And weed is now perfectly legal in some states.

And good craft beer comes mostly in bottles, not cans, so there can be attractive reflections when the sun hits them at the right angle.

See, there are so many variations in a neighborhood that you might be closing yourself off to some perfectly acceptable options!
I would think the kind of car on said blocks would have as much bearing as the kind of blocks. If you neighbor is doing a restoration on a 68 Corvette, that is not the same as a 78 Chevette.
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I should have known you guys would come up some witty responses!

And I guess you have a point on the type of car... but I still don't want him restoring it on his front lawn.

DH is restoring a 67 Mustang convertible and it's in the garage where it belongs
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I hope it doesn't come across as 'snobbery' but I just will not live in a house where the guy next door can have his car up on blocks, weeds are rampant, and there are beer cans strewn about...
Or if the neighbors are Ameriprise advisors
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Or if the neighbors are Ameriprise advisors
Hatfields and McCoys would have nothing on that neighbor pairing!
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