Originally Posted by Blueliner
We are following your footsteps. We purchased a 2010 International 25FB two weeks ago and we plan on looking around the west to see where we'll land. The house is paid for and will probably go on the market soon, so we're hoping California money stretches further. We really like SW Colorado, but will also be looking harder at Oregon & Washington. My only requirement is good fly fishing.
14 more Monday's to go!
Our home is finished in Boulder City, Nevada.
After two years and counting, there was not one house that met our Frank Lloyd Wright interior and having a place to park our trailer. So we had to build. I got my oversized garages and a RV Bus sized attached garage for our "mini" 25 foot Airstream. But the resale and little additional cost for the RV Garage were not much difference.
-Taxes are less than where are currently for almost equal taxable real estate.
-Insurance is a less than 20% of Colorado's due to fire, hail and floods elsewhere.
-The community has a larger number of over 50 year olds that are active.
-Parks everywhere. No gambling within City Limits. Almost every weekend there is an Art Show, Car Show, Festivities in the Parks and Las Vegas is a mere glow over the mountain pass that is between BC and LV.
-Electricity, water, sewer, trash is a lot less than Colorado and done by the City.
-Electrical power is direct from Hoover/Boulder Dam. Thank you.
Nancy could give some accurate percentages of costs.
Building NEW at a special location has a premium attached to the lot price. Buying an existing home is 20% savings for more home square footage, but we waited for one without pillars and dance floors and... the 1970's and maybe into the 1980's marble and pillar architecture seen in most larger homes with a "view".
The months of June, July and August in the Mohave Desert or in the lower 150 miles of Nevada are for those wanting an instant tan. Inside an Air Conditioned home makes it easy and comfortable with $150 a month utilities for a 3,400 square foot ranch. Our neighbor's numbers, not ours, yet. This, I believe, included water, natural gas, sewer and trash. I could be wrong... but close.
We are taking HALF of our closets. Half of our kitchen utensils and similar splitting everything to have TWO homes and not one warehouse and one we live. For a month I have been sorting out stuff to donate, to sell on Craigslist, to give to neighbors, and so on. Actually a relief not having decades of "stuff" to follow us around. This actually gave us the wakeup call to clean "house". Geez... I must have five or six wooden Indians I just... cannot part with. Now... there is home to take one or two... wife permitting, of course.
Stress? None. The price per square foot was more than we wanted, but had we waited, our .5 acre would have been sold. Ten lots, one left within six months. Neighbors from California, Colorado, Wyoming (imagine that... his wife lived on the same street as I in Cheyenne in 1971!)... Some single home owners and a couple like us, slowly merging. See how this works out first. Then decide.
Is this for everyone? Probably not. If we sell our Colorado home, I have already told my wife we will find a "Cabin". Where... am working on that just in case.
Before taking the plunge, we spent time at City Hall, Police Station, Taxes- Town and State... walked the town during the day, during the nights. It was like a small tightly knit community that you find in Wyoming or Montana. Just a good excuse to be on the road... and found this special place for a couple who are comfortable in a small town near a City.
Las Vegas... you would not know it was 30 miles to the Strip. Hit some shows. Lost some money at the Craps Table. Buffets. Beautiful highways... once you get close to Boulder City. Costco less than 30 minutes away. We checked it all out.
For those looking. First decide WHAT you are looking for. A used home would have suited us fine, but at the time only ONE attracted our attention and the trailer could squeeze next to the side of the home. But... for 20% more money we could build... and we did.
Now... the pool, planting fruit trees (Grapefruit, Lemon, Pomegranate) and a couple of "Pineapple Palms" that I have to have...
Do not give up. Have a realtor take your around and check everything... EVERYTHING in your price range. Age is just a reminder that you have a lot of experience and your long range goals might be... ten years, maybe 15 in my case. And we plan to take it one Monday at a time.