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The Home Ownership Thread

brokencycle

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My post was intended as a satire of HGTV buyers. Maybe this did not come across.

I've posted of my hatred of those glass tile mosaics before. They're in every flip house.
I missed the sarcasm.

Dunno, never lived in a townhome like this, although I did grow up in a house with a partially finished basement so the idea of stairs isn't crazy. It is certainly one way to get more space in the city without going for a high rise.

I do notice that many of the units for sale have small children's furniture. Par for the course for couples of that age to be moving to the 'burbs, but I also wouldn't be surprised if the stairs get old real fast with a baby in tow. Bedrooms are up 2 fights of stairs, even gotta carry groceries up 1 flight.

I probably wouldn't mind that much--beats lugging stuff up to the top of a 3-story walkup, and high-rise elevators/shared garages get annoying.

My cat would love it.



They aren't quite solid--look to have some variation in some of the pictures.

From what I have seen in photos of the other units, I would guess that these were all built up with builder-grade finishes (I think they grew out of various parts of a public housing demolition and may have been originally intended to be mixed-income in the early 2000s) and have mostly been through one renovation cycle. Maybe a second "spruce up" round pre-sale on some of them. They are definitely a mixed bag of features...

I did like the stairwell railings of this one (most other units just have drywall)...but otherwise a lot of the finishes and choices were not my style.
Do you actually get much space in high rises? A quick search of houses in the downtown area yields very few places that are <600k with 2000 Sq ft. Most are near South side in townhome style or the warehouse/factory renovation style condo.
 

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Maybe not for the same money, but there are some quite large high rise units. Recently saw one for sale in my building that was a combination of multiple units and it was quite full of space. Less waste too since a3 floor townhome will inevitably feel like less sq.ft.

I don't get those backsplashes at all, but I sure see them everywhere. Always screamed "fad" to me... But maybe fads are ok if you only plan to live somewhere for 3 years.
 

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My friend had a stunning and huge 4 bedroom place in a high rise on Lake Michigan. I think they had combined a couple of units. Unfortunately it had to go when she got divorced.

I have to say it sounded improbably cheap compared to a similar unit in SF or NYC.
 

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Can anyone explain to me the appeal of those built-in desks in kitchens? Is this a Southern thing or just something I never noticed up north?
 

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My friend owns a two story penthouse on the Gold Coast. It's pretty impressive and digs I could certainly get used to.
 

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Can anyone explain to me the appeal of those built-in desks in kitchens? Is this a Southern thing or just something I never noticed up north?
Not exclusively southern. Stupid though.
 

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I heard the kitchen use to serve as a place for people to work like take care of bills etc. Maybe a generational thing. Makes sense to me.
 

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Our place came with one of those built in desks but thankfully not in the kitchen. It's in the small room that is the interchange between the utility room, kitchen, and butler's pantry. It also houses the gato feeding station in the one corner that doesn't lead out.

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Yeah, it's traditional to have a writing desk built into the passageway, which also usually houses the pantry, between the kitchen and dining room.
 

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My friend had a stunning and huge 4 bedroom place in a high rise on Lake Michigan. I think they had combined a couple of units. Unfortunately it had to go when she got divorced.

I have to say it sounded improbably cheap compared to a similar unit in SF or NYC.
Yeah, in college I worked for a guy (out of his home office), that had a multi unit place high up in Lake Point Tower, which is the only building outside of lake shore drive.

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Had a whole lobe of the building (and then some maybe) so the view included the entire city and the lake. The only thing you couldn't see was Navy Pier (which most would say is a good thing). Not cheap, But probably looks like a steal for someone on the coasts.

Shit even had a private little forest on top of the parking garage.

Not sure why he got rid of it, I think he just had a knack for selling things at the right time. Next long term place was a duplex or townhome thing in the gold coast...super nice but not as flashy.
 

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Begone foul demon! Don't be showing that shit and trying to curse the rest of us. Here in the midwest I am trying to enjoy fall. It was monday-wedesday this year, very enjoyable
 

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First home with radiant heating and last night was the first time we turned it on as temps dropped to 24 degrees by 7am. Man, it was nice stepping out of bed onto a warm tile floor.
We put in radiant heat in our bathrooms. It is heavenly on a cold morning. Of course it’s really for the cat - she gets even more pleasure from it than we do.
 

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