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The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps, but the real obstacle is the city. They'd never let someone tear down a house without replacing it.
     
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    got it. I went to college in Ithaca, so I was curious. Beautiful area in the fall.
     
  3. Connemara

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    Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan lived just outside of Delhi in an old farmhouse. It's a beautiful area.

    Once you get settled, do a morning drive to Cooperstown. I don't think it's far from Delhi. There are some incredible homes there.
     
  4. otc

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    I see it often enough here in Chicago outside of the densest neighborhoods...often enough you can find a house that's been leveled to make some extra yard space (in the family neighborhoods on the north side away from the lake, but still close enough where they sit on long, skinny urban lots).

    Although someone recently sold a 20k sq.ft. mansion in Lincoln Park (a fairly high density neighborhood) that is built on 5 lots. Not sure if they were all single-family or 2-/3-flats, but I really don't think it should have been allowed. Density is what makes highly walkable urban neighborhoods with good retail and public transit function.

    Of course I'm sure the Alderman got some nice campaign contributions the year that re-zoning application went through...that is the chicago way.
     
  5. sugarbutch

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    To do that in San Francisco would require jumping through all sorts of hoops, up to and including a hearing before the Board of Supervisors. And it would almost certainly be rejected. My neighborhood is zoned for single-family homes, too, so the option of offsetting the loss of a house by adding a rental unit isn't available.
     
  6. lefty

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    Tell the city you'll put in a park for the heroin addicts to defecate in. You'll be a local hero.

    lefty
     
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  7. sugarbutch

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    That's a different part of town, lefty. I'm in Suburban Heights!
     
  8. lefty

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    I got lost in your neighbourhood for a week one afternoon. It was a little scary getting in and out.

    lefty
     
  9. sugarbutch

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    We have implemented a sherpa program for lost souls such as yourself. They're equipped with Philz espresso shots and maps printed on organic hemp cloth. They have access to service animals for those who need stress relief on the way out.
     
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  10. gnatty8

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    It is indeed, yes. I can try to find some wider shots, and if I do, I'll post them. It's nothing special, just your run of the mill log cabin that you'll find by the thousands in that part of Tennessee/North Carolina. Still, it's a welcome respite on weekends, and I've gotten to know the locals really well, which is cool..
     
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    Best I could find was this that shows a bit more detail of the wrap-around porch. As is common around here, the house is built on a hillside, so the "front" deck proper is about 40' off the ground, but the part that wraps around to the stairs accessing the driveway is just a few feet. If I could have easily photo-shopped me out of the picture, I would have, lol

    [​IMG]
     
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  12. lefty

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    You fit the place.

    I really like the thick mortar look that you see in the NE over the log on log construction in the west. A shot of the 40' front deck would be cool.

    How's the brook trout fishing near you?

    lefty
     
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    A good shaker would probably knock all that mortar out in California
     
  14. gnatty8

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    Yes, that was a must for me, as I like the look myself. The inside is the best part in my opinion. It's all light, with a floor to loft ceiling window that floods the entire interior with sunshine. I'll be there this weekend, and if I can remember, I'll snap some random shots for you..

    I've heard the trout fishing in this area is amazing, and while the brook trout is actually the only trout species that is actually native to the Smokies (browns and rainbows were introduced years ago) I did read that one of the unintended consequences of introducing the rainbow to the area was to crowd out the brook trout to a certain extent.. I have no firsthand experience, since I haven't gone fishing in years..
     
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    I used to love having a no-railing deck over a big ravine (though the initial drop is not 40'):
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    Meeting with a contractor to talk outdoor kitchen in a few weeks.
     
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    More or less true. Everyone wants what the other guy has so they brought rainbows east, brooks west and browns everywhere. Bit of a shit show really.

    Do you rent it out? Always wanted to spend some time chasing brook trout in the Smokies.

    lefty
     
  18. gnatty8

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    I don't rent it out but if you PM me, we can figure something out.
     
  19. sugarbutch

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    People, helping people.
     
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  20. SkinnyGoomba

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    The dovetailed beams are awesome. :slayer:
     
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