Friday, April 16, 2010

1 Freelance Friday: House Hunting

Like many young newlyweds in their first year of marriage, we are starting to look to buy our first home. What makes the search easy is that we love Boston, love our neighborhood, and have a pretty good sense of what we want. On the flip side, our ideal home in the Back Bay costs close to $1 million. Just a tad out of our price range. $500,000 doesn't even get you that much here--maybe 750 square feet with a second bedroom that doesn't fit a full sized bed. Or four parking spots. Seriously.

Those stats seemed a little wonky, so I did some digging and found out that yes, we do live in bizarro world. Four parking spots in Boston's Back Bay or...

A Tuscan villa. Five bedrooms, two baths, and nearly 2,500 square feet of old European stone and terracotta. It's located on a hillside and "close to a small hamlet". I'm not even sure what that means but it sounds utterly charming.

An Irish church. Sure it's not exactly set up for residential living at the moment, but you can buy this buttressed beauty for $400,000. With the half million dream budget we're working with, consider it a "fixer upper".  

A Nicaraguan island. This 2.5-acre gem sits on the Caribbean Sea and includes a two bedroom house, an additional "caretaker house", a fiberglass boat, and an infinity pool. Asking price is $360,000. Are you joking?

A boutique resort in Bali, furnished and complete with ocean views.

Or by our calculations, you could stay in nice hotels, eat well, and live quite comfortably traveling around Southeast Asia for 27 years.

Happy open houses this weekend!

1 comment:

  1. oh snap. I'm definitely moving to that Irish church. forget this real estate market!!! Maybe I could do farming for a living or something.


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