My parents recently downsized and in so doing sold my childhood home. I am still in denial and every few nights I have dreams about the house, despite the fact that I haven't lived there full time since high school. This has resulted in me going through various websites trying to figure out what my dream home is and if I could afford it.
The answer is I have no idea what my dream home is, I am still fuzzy on what I could afford, and regardless of either of those, I would definitely have to move away from NYC to make this happen.
I quickly realized that websites like Zillow don't get me what I want. You can filter by zip code and price and number of bedrooms, but you can't filter by "does this look awesome" or "was it once a church or a barn or a bank" or " is it earth shelterted" or "dome homes that aren't the standard off-white color"? These are important questions Zillow and I demand answers!
As I look I tend to fluctuate between "oh look this house has 7 bedrooms and is just over $325,000, clearly a good deal!" and "1,000 sq feet is so large, I want something smaller". I also jump between "this was built in the 1700s, ~heritage~" to "I could totally just build my own home from scratch". Other jumps have included: "clearly I want a house boat" to "definitely I want to live in the middle of Canada" to "but seriously, it would be hilarious to live in a former church" to "HOBBIT HOLE" to "is there a spiral staircase" to "is there a turret" to "what if it used to be a lighthouse" or "but actually what if it was a treehouse". I am currently looking up the cost of natural swimming ponds and pools, which, were I to ever own land and with that land decide I needed to install some kind of swimming thing, I will definitely look back on this google spiral and be grateful for what I have learned.
It is a good thing that I have zero plans to purchase or build a home anytime soon and possibly ever, is probably what you should take away from this.
If you want to follow me down the spiral, some links to start:Circa Old Houses
— if you really want a home that used to be a church and/or if you want to look at really interesting old buildings. I was surprised that there are some homes listed that are under $200,000! Most homes are significantly more than that, unsurprisingly. Millions of dollars, if only I had you.Tiny House Listings
— tiny homes are either your thing or they are not your thing. I tend to find them either really appealing or really off-putting, depending on the particular design/home in question. I also find it ridiculous that so many tiny homes are so expensive.Land Watch
— for when I buy land and get a natural swimming pond, clearly.Cost Calculator for Monolithic Dome Homes
— I'm not really sure how much I trust this, but I do find it interesting that this seems to suggest that if I went with the basics of what I'd need this would be within my very theoretical price range. (Assuming the cost of the land wasn't astronomical.)Pictures of Natural Swimming Pools & Ponds
- I want them all, wtf.