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Moving to the 'burbs

Postby solat » Fri May 27, 2011 6:06 pm

It's been a funny year.

One minute, you're trundling along life's pathway, next you're up to your eyeballs in soot.

After my apartment blew up in February, then finding out my insurance had lapsed, things reached a bit of a trough.

Anyways, long story short: I've bought another house, this time in the 'burbs.

Thought I'd share some pics. It's fairly smallish, but then again I no longer have furniture to clutter it up.

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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby Gaydudelaf » Fri May 27, 2011 7:47 pm

wow a whole house! Does this mean we can come to New Zealand to visit now?
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby nimby » Fri May 27, 2011 8:40 pm

That's a great house. That shower is big enough for two I see. :D
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby olywaguy » Fri May 27, 2011 8:41 pm

Hmmm, looks like the shower will hold two people in them. :wink: :mrgreen: :D
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby edu999 » Fri May 27, 2011 10:05 pm

Nice!
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby Guinness Fan » Fri May 27, 2011 10:12 pm

Congrats on home ownership! Looks like a GREAT place!!

I travel quite frequently and make it a point to look at house prices wherever I go...I've got 20/20 hind sight when it comes to real estate... Don't get me going about the deal I could have had while I was living in London (NW3) 20+ years ago...I'd be a Gabilionairre now...or the place I had in Greece that my landlord wanted to sell me for a song...

If you don't mind me asking ~ square footage? Number of beds/baths? Asking/selling price & did you buy it outright via an estate agent or through the auction process?
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby DeckApe » Sat May 28, 2011 9:17 am

solat wrote:It's been a funny year.

After my apartment blew up in February...


I have this feeling I've missed a detail somewhere...
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby olywaguy » Sat May 28, 2011 12:51 pm

Yes Allan, how did your place blow up? Too many shrimp in the barbie? Any sinister activities? Was the mob trying to get ya?
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby solat » Sun May 29, 2011 2:23 am

Gaydudelaf wrote:wow a whole house! Does this mean we can come to New Zealand to visit now?

You can come anytime. Just give me a few weeks to buy a sofa with pull-out guest bed :D
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solat wrote:It's been a funny year.
After my apartment blew up in February...


I have this feeling I've missed a detail somewhere...

It was my neighbours. No grasp of English, and doing something mind-numbingly stupid with fertiliser and cleaning products.

Guinness Fan wrote:Congrats on home ownership! Looks like a GREAT place!!

I travel quite frequently and make it a point to look at house prices wherever I go...I've got 20/20 hind sight when it comes to real estate... Don't get me going about the deal I could have had while I was living in London (NW3) 20+ years ago...I'd be a Gabilionairre now...or the place I had in Greece that my landlord wanted to sell me for a song...

If you don't mind me asking ~ square footage? Number of beds/baths? Asking/selling price & did you buy it outright via an estate agent or through the auction process?


I tendered for the place, which is something I didn't think I'd want to go through. You spend heaps on Building inspectors, and lawyers before you place your tender in.


For your benefit, I've convert figures into Imperial. Works out at US$326.50 a square foot.
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby edu999 » Sun May 29, 2011 12:37 pm

solat wrote:For your benefit, I've convert figures into Imperial. Works out at US$326.50 a square foot.


Ah, so it's more in the neighborhood of California / Northeast prices...
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby Lesley R. Charles » Sun May 29, 2011 1:45 pm

Allan, the house is great. Looks like it has a nice yard. Good Luck to you.
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby nimby » Sun May 29, 2011 6:33 pm

And for heaven's sake, get insurance.
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby solat » Mon May 30, 2011 12:39 am

Carlo: Real Estate prices are a bit stupid here. I wasn't prepared to pay huge sums for a small box in town, so settled here. 35 mins to work on public transport - I can live with that.

Lesley! Thanks for that. Hope life's treating you well.

Nimby: You have no idea how many people over the last few months have said that :D
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby Lesley R. Charles » Mon May 30, 2011 11:30 am

Allan, life is great. I have a job I enjoy, just wished I pay more. I am glad things are looking up for you, mate!
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby madsglen » Mon May 30, 2011 11:33 am

solat wrote:It was my neighbours. No grasp of English, and doing something mind-numbingly stupid with fertiliser and cleaning products.


Now that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. :shock: Stupid? Yep. But more scary when one considers what others have done around the world with "fertilizer" (just a bunch of chemicals, really) and other materials. And suspicious when you wonder why someone living in a flat in the city would need to have "fertilizer" unless they've got a whopping plot in the community garden and even then... So glad you're OK and are getting life back together after such a frightening and sad experience, Allan.

Your house looks great. Hope you'll really enjoy making it your own. Congratulations!
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby olywaguy » Mon May 30, 2011 1:00 pm

Now the gay decorating gene will come into play. :lol:
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby nimby » Mon May 30, 2011 3:10 pm

solat wrote:Nimby: You have no idea how many people over the last few months have said that :D


Seriously, I just been through it. My house burned down several months ago and we lost everything. If I didn't have insurance I'd be finished. Just get a policy that renews automatically and you'll always be covered. It's probably a stipulation of your mortgage. If you rented your flat, you just lost all your contents, but now that you own your home, you want insurance. Also consider getting critical illness on your mtg. insurance too. HUGE benefit. I something happens to you and are unable to work, your home is paid off free and clear. Been there too.
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby solat » Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:31 am

nimby wrote:Also consider getting critical illness on your mtg. insurance too. HUGE benefit. I something happens to you and are unable to work, your home is paid off free and clear. Been there too.


We have government-funded accident/health compensation, so will forgo the cost of private insurance.

Moving in tomorrow, so won't be online for a week or so. Yay.
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby solat » Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:37 am

solat wrote:
nimby wrote:Also consider getting critical illness on your mtg. insurance too. HUGE benefit. I something happens to you and are unable to work, your home is paid off free and clear. Been there too.


We have government-funded accident/health compensation, so will forgo the cost of private insurance.

Moving in tomorrow, so won't be online for a week or so. I've hired tattooed thug furniture removers. Hope I'm not too distracted.

And Carlos, the decorating gene will have to wait until I build up funds :D
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby Lesley R. Charles » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:41 am

Allan, if you do get too distracted, you will have to tell us the details. lol. Good luck with the moving, mate.
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby olywaguy » Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:19 pm

A week from Saturday, I will be moving to a new city. I have to hurry up and finish up all the packing that I have to do.
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby nimby » Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:03 pm

I made the move to the burbs several years back. It's ok, but I miss the life of downtown.
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Re: Moving to the 'burbs

Postby Davy » Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:19 pm

Living downtown means having to deal with traffic and paid parking. It's also more expensive. No thanks. I like the burbs because you can spread out, park on the street without getting a ticket, and drive from A to B without having to navigate all the jam-packed one-way streets. I like pulling right up to my house rather than having to park down the street and walk to my apartment. Though I admit, I'd probably feel differently if I didn't have a vehicle.
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