@clonetek My mom, who had alzheimer’s, came to stay with me for a couple of months to establish residency eligibility to move into an assisted living community just up the mountain from my house. She was very excited about it, so when the social worker came by my house for a wellness check, Mom told her that she was looking forward to going to her apartment in the sky. I saw the social worker’s look and quickly interjected “She’s not talking about heaven, she’s talking about Palisades”. My mom laughed and laughed and the social worker was reassured.
Right where I am. I’m content, and I know that I won’t find much better than what I have now, and intend to be here for a long, long time. I might put a new roof up in the next few years, but I doubt I’d make any other big changes.
@Shrdlu I live in a small 107 year old split level house which I dearly love. A dozen years ago I had a 10x 20 screen porch put on the back of the house, with a 10x20 deck on top and French doors leading out of my second story bedroom onto the deck. It’s the only major rennovation I’ve done, but boy does it make me happy.
I always wanted to have enough land to have some woods, a stream, a pond, some open meadow, and a couple of outbuildings. The main domicile wasn’t important - if I had all that, I’d be happy with a trailer. And that’s exactly where we live (with the added bonus that we get to live in an old-but-modernized farmhouse), and I love it every bit as much as I hoped I would.
My only complaint is that it’s all crammed into three acres. I’d love to have five times that much, but I also don’t mind not having to pay property tax on all that.
(I just realized this kind of sounds like a humblebrag. It’s not meant to be. I completely lucked into living where I do, and the only reason I think 3 acres is too small is because I’d love to be able to have half a mile between myself and the next human every now and then, and that’s not possible with neighbors on three sides.)
Not the 2 room hud I am in right now. I would like to live out of flood zones, out of tornado alley, but near places to sail, ski (down hill and cross country), backpack, rock climb, white water kayak/canoe, with an ocean view. And has 4 seasons without having to shovel feet and feet of snow. Also where there is decent medical care, interesting things to do… I like houses with front porches big enough to have a porch swing and a glider, with some architectural interest like Folk Victorian, Craftsman… maybe 1200 sf.
What kind of place? Any place with more than one bathroom. Right now my husband and I live in a very small house with only one bathroom. There are many things I wish were a bit different about the house, but my wish for at least another toilet/sink is at the top of the list.
If I could choose a new location, it would be the suburbs of a major city. I’ve lived in suburbs, cities, and now the country. I’m told I’m weird for preferring the suburbs, but to each their own.
@lseeber The castle in Salzburg Austria is rather cool looking. I lived about 5 miles from there and went to a Mozart summer concert inside the castle. It is on top of a steep hill. The views of the mountains are spectacular from there.
I own a single level ranch, near the end of a cul de sac. 2300 sq. ft. 16’ ceilings made of rough cut yellow pine and 12" beams. Three East facing window in the great room 8’ high and 6’ wide facing two acres of manicured lawn, rose garden, and natural moss rock Koi fish pond. Another acre of untouched desert with cactus and sage. All surrounded by split rail fencing and adobe walls. Unobstructed views of rugged snow capped mountain range. Refrigerated air and radiant floor heat. The best part; no neighbors within 500 yards. And they are all friendly and appreciate their privacy as well.
I really don’t understand all this aloneness. I like people for the most part. I like talking with the neighbors on both sides and across and kitty-corner, maybe even down the street a ways. If there’s a pill amongst them, I can ignore them.
@pooflady I like having neighbors too. Last year, when I lived in a town house and had a (temp) real job, one of the 10 year old kids who lived in an adjacent townhouse couldn’t leave the parking lot unless her mother/another adult was with her. So she and I walked all over town and or I walked and she rode her bike slowly. That kid was a riot. We headed in directions she wanted to go. Her mother was thrilled to have some alone time and this forced me to walk more to stay in shape.
@Kidsandliz kids don’t count especially 10 year olds. There is a window around 5-12 where they are awesome. Then they turn into teenagers. Which are horrifying. Then even worse they turn into something trying to be a person. Those usually suck
Thats what we are all trying to avoid.
@unksol I believe it was Mark Twain who said when they become teenagers you put them in a pickle barrel and feed them through a knot hole. When they turn 16 you seal up the knot hole. Unfortunately he did not say when it was safe to take them out. With my daughter we have not yet reached whatever age that is unfortunately.
I would like to live in a castle or a universe of the mathematical method, I think.
Once in a while, I have dwelt in one.
But I would also like to step outside often enough, and see the world, and hang with family and friends.
And I would prob pay the big bucks for internet service tho.
I am morally weak or something.
Ergo all of them - Google, the NSA, the Russkies, the N Koreans, the Chinese, my ISP(s), my OS providers, my hardware providers, and many other data collectors and brokers - would know every thought or action I expressed by trackable means.
My closest neighbors are three Alpaca. One, pure White with big bright sky Blue eyes. Another, Chocolate Brown with matching eyes. The third is Black with White splotches. They are very friendly (no spitting). They all come bounding over to greet me whenever I walk over to their property line fence. A pat on the head and scratch under the chin is all they want. They are all smiles and always brighten my day. It’s impossible to feel sad or depressed when in the company of Alpaca. Oh, their owners (servants) are very nice too.
@accelerator Best type of neighbor! They don’t spit? They must like you! Their fur is great. Doesn’t make you hot like wool, but keeps you warm when you need it. So if you knit, you can cut off a little fur every day! I have a small, pull over the head, scarf that I wear most of the year because of arthritis in the top of my neck that doesn’t bother me if it can be kept warm.
@accelerator@smilingjack Umm yeah about the spitting part. It stinks to high heaven. When I was running a 5th grade outdoor/science school camp we had one and it took a dislike to the radio in the barn and spit on the thing enough to short it out. Tried to hump a rather obnoxious 5th grader who climbed into the pen too.
@smilingjack They do like me! And, it’s not because they are looking for snacks. I’ve never fed them or offered anything to them other than love. Isn’t that awesome! You’re right their fur, hair? is wonderful when turned into yarn. They like to be sheared too. In the early Summer they get a hair cut. Afterward, they look very skinny but, sooo cute! That wool earns enough money when sold to pay for all their food, vet bills, and everything else. Also, the owners get a little left over cash in their pocket.
I love my house. If I could drag it to the sea I would. But I live in the desert at 4,000ft elevation, hundreds of miles from the sea. Yet it seems that global warming may yet one day bring the sea to my doorstep. I won’t be here, but my adobe has lasted over a century, so perhaps it will be.
@moondrake If all the ice on Earth melted, sea levels would rise about 180 ft. Even if sea level could continue to rise at the current rate (which it cannot), your adobe will have to last about 7000 more years. I think if you want waterfront property you better get to dragging!
If you ever watched Longmire, I’d love a view like Walt has. A more modern cabin home though. It could also be a view of more trees, a river. A large acreage for horses. A place that doesn’t get above 77° and only snows on days when I want to enjoy the snow. No blizzards or hurricanes, flash floods, or earthquakes.
I’m being realistic, right?
Or you could just send me into space. That’s a hell of a view.
@RiotDemon Basically, you just described New Mexico. You didn’t include Tsunamis of ridiculous self defeating politics or Avalanches of illegal drugs, human trafficking and other atrocities brought through illegal entry to the US from Mexico. If you had included those, New Mexico would be right out. By the way, Longmire is based in New Mexico.
@accelerator the show was filmed in NM but was supposed to be Wyoming. I was looking for a picture or video of his view from the cabin but I didn’t find anything that showed it well. Found out you can take a look at his cabin though.
Whenever I watched that show, I marveled how they were almost always wearing long sleeves or jackets. Made me jealous. Florida is not for me except right now on the winter.
I was told Washington State would probably be ideal for me… But everything seems crazy expensive.
@RiotDemon True, the show was depicted as a town in Wyoming. New Mexico has been a longtime favorite area for filming. The diverse climate and geography of New Mexico makes it a versatile location for creating a wide variety of films. I am not from New Mexico but have lived here for about 13 years. I really enjoy riding my touring bike through the state and have spent a lot of time exploring the parts of New Mexico where Longmire was filmed. As well, I’ve explored the Southern parts of New Mexico through Silver City and the surrounding Ghost towns as well as Rosewell, and Carlsbad in the Southeast. What an amazing state with so much to offer. But, unfortunately, much of the state suffers in poverty and horrible mismanagement of resources. Political problems on Indian Reservations, casinos, and overall ultra left politics have taken a toll on people and have held back prosperity. In The Southwest areas around Hobbs, NM, the harvesting and production of petroleum products bring a majority of revenue into the entire state. Politicians however are doing their worst to both squander the money and profess the evils of oil at the same time. Clean energy production and reduction in global warming are the cornerstone of far left Democrats who are elected again and again as a societal norm here. They have no problem spending (wasting) the oil revenues on pet projects but do not really do anything good to further prosperity. As you may know, Netflix has bought studio property in Albuquerque and is going to begin a major production effort here. I hope this revenue is used appropriately but, I’m not really optimistic. Climate wise though, you can’t do much better than New Mexico.