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Old 04-14-14, 06:23 PM   #26
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I didn't realize there were others who had basically said the same thing above.... sorry. I know you are still upset at the Masters coverage, didn't mean to pile on
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Old 04-14-14, 06:24 PM   #27
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Just an added comment to 20grits's comment / concern on spit entry homes and mobility. A comment that was greatly appreciated and thoughtful.


Expect for the higher end homes, very few homes in this area are 100% one level living. Almost all homes have a basement where the laundry would be located. The higher end homes that do have a laundry would most likely be in a two story home with laundry on the 2nd floor.. There would be very few homes that are complete one level living in this area. There is one new community nearby that I think does have total one level living but they are townhouse type units so I could be back in the same boat I am now but with a slightly higher class of jackass neighbors as these units start well above $200K.

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Old 04-14-14, 06:41 PM   #28
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Yeah same issue with this place. I tiny back yard. No kids and no pets. I like the small back yard because less for me to cut. It will already be a culture shock since I live in a townhouse for the last 30 years where everything is done outside for me. What does concern me about the small back yard and the water is my future ability to sell the place. Going to be my justification for giving a low initial bid.


But I just have to get of here. I have a pea brain next door that sits in front drinking all day. He invites his lazy azz friends and some of the neighbors over and they stand around and drink complete with foul language. Not that I am a prude, I can swear with the best of them but I don't do it loudly out in public especially when there are kids around. That kind of behavior is not good for property values.
Moving to a single family unit/house won't necessarily fix this problem. We moved into our first (and probably last) new construction home back in '06 and a few months later we got new neighbors. Never really interacted with them, but the guy would be sitting outside on what passed as a porch and be hammering back six packs at a time every night- he had a nice little pile of empties in the space between our homes . So glad when he moved, but then we lost the house and had to move ourselves...
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Old 04-14-14, 07:09 PM   #29
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Moving to a single family unit/house won't necessarily fix this problem. We moved into our first (and probably last) new construction home back in '06 and a few months later we got new neighbors. Never really interacted with them, but the guy would be sitting outside on what passed as a porch and be hammering back six packs at a time every night- he had a nice little pile of empties in the space between our homes . So glad when he moved, but then we lost the house and had to move ourselves...
At least he won't be immediately next door. These guys are basically standing in my front yard except they are beyond the 10 foot property line so therefore on common property so there is nothing I can do.

The one thing I was looking for is at least the illusion of privacy. I have no one at the back of me. The one side is shielded by shrubs or trees. The other side not well shielded but the neighbors patio is a significant distance away and I plan to add landscaping.

But I am not naive to think that solves everything. A friend lives in a rather upscale neighborhood and her immediate neighbor runs power tools constantly outside. I am not sure what he could be building because it has be going on for years. To boot my friend lost her husband last year. She is getting older and has health issues. She offered to pay him $20 to clear her driveway and he accepted it. I could never take money from a neighbor under those circumstances. If things got so bad where I needed $20 several times a year I move to someplace I could afford.

A house I made an offer on earlier had elderly people on both sides of me. When making the offer I already decided that I would most likely be clearing snow for them and perhaps cutting their lawns. And I wouldn't be taking any money from them. Sadly the owner wanted too much for the house. Sold months later at a few thousand over my offer.

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Old 04-14-14, 07:46 PM   #30
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Yeah, neighbors can be a tricky thing. The best you can do is visit the house (or at least drive slowly by with the windows down) at all hours of the day and night to see what things are like now and hope they don't get worse. We're fortunate that the previous owner of the house we bought a year ago was an absentee owner and didn't take care of things (other than paying to have the grass mowed once every month or so) for the previous 7-8 years, so our neighbors are so happy that we're doing anything to fix the place up. One neighbor is getting pretty impatient that we haven't fixed the fence between our two properties up yet, but we have to do things slowly according to our budget and a new fence is a low priority (unless we're going to get that dog my wife wants).
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Old 04-14-14, 07:50 PM   #31
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Yeah, neighbors can be a tricky thing. The best you can do is visit the house (or at least drive slowly by with the windows down) at all hours of the day and night to see what things are like now and hope they don't get worse.
That is kind of hard to do. But the times I have been by it seemed pretty quiet. Seems kind of a friendly place.
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Personally I'd be more concerned with any water having a way out at least as much as with water coming off the hill.

I have a hill behind the my house, the water diverting construction there is more than adequate. But in a true deluge the water coming off just the roof and pool deck could create flooding if the drain was not adequate.

Turned out it was, sort of. The drain was more than enough except the roof is one of those with the little white rocks. 30+ years of those getting washed off and into the drain pipe reduced capacity a lot. On clean out and all is now good.

BUT even when it was a problem it was OK because the result was the walkway was flooded and water did make its way around the house instead of thorough the house.

If water makes its way to a sump that has to be pumped be sure to have some plan for a power failure, which of course are more apt to happen during the worst storm in 50 years.
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