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Old 06-29-2015, 07:58 PM   #29
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Dream morphs into Home...

Nancy has been packing the "extra" towels, clothing, small appliances and what we will need when we live Split Season with two homes. There will be a big down sizing in this move, as well. Heavy furniture is exactly that and will stay when we sell our current home some day. Also no need for lawnmower, weed whacker, ATV with snow Plow, riding Lawn Mower in the process of leaving Colorado, that requires a lot of essentials to maintain a property. Chainsaw comes to mind. It stays in Colorado and the two cords of firewood stacked under tarps for those long blizzards, snow drifts at home.

One house for the "five" Winter Months and our current home for the "seven" Summer Months. Eventually the Winter Month home in progress will be our full time home. The second year will adjust the Winter/Summer schedule.

Sometimes a permanent move needs to be lived in before a final decision can be made. What seemed appealing in the process might not be. It should take at least two years of living using the Split Season Method of the best of both worlds to prepare for Full Timing at home and Part Timing in our Airstream on the road.

This time schedule does not include any seasonal Boondocking along the Rockies with our Airstream to hunt "treasure and scenery" not on a travel brochure.

Roofing tiles are now stacked on the roof, windows installed, insulation is being added and sheet rock stacked to begin the interior work once the roof is finished. Lucky for us, we are not there watching every nail and screw being applied to lumber and electrical outlets every day. Almost a no stress home build, so far by NOT watching the progress of "rough in" work. Those who have built understand "rough in" becomes a home with sheet rock applied...

And yes... the "climbing wall" was part of the package. (My photo exceeded my maximum allowed so did not attach to this post.)
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Old 07-18-2015, 05:26 PM   #30
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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!
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Old 07-18-2015, 06:53 PM   #31
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Your financial situation plays a big part.

Having two houses can be dream, or a financial nightmare. My situation changed and I ended up with two houses and one income. The recession, and housing market made things even worse.

#1 Twice the money tied up in real estate
#2 Twice the real estate taxes
#3 Twice the insurance
#4 Twice the maintenance.

Zoning around me prohibits living in a trailer. Even in my backwoods area, Trailers have to be 50 feet long for you to live in them.
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Old 08-01-2015, 07:03 PM   #32
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Western Garden Book can help you decide...!

Today we were invited to the 75th Anniversary of the local Credit Union celebration. We are camped at a RV Park while major activities are being finished at our "Winter Home".

I was pulling large rhyolite rocks out of our future graded yard to use in a rock garden and a neighbor mentioned free food from various vendors in town and meeting those representing the Credit Union. My Wyoming tee shirt attracted those who also moved into warmer climates in retirement from Wyoming. I explained I was an "illegal immigrant from Wyoming" living in Colorado which is a regional joke to those familiar with Rocky Mountain humor.

Since my wife and I are small town people, we enjoy the local pride of a small town and the ability to wander around the local parks at any hour of the day within walking distance from most homes. A community large enough so not everyone knows your business, but small enough to be within a network of multiple activities and local organizations keeping year round activities for all of those interested in participating. Next week the local Fire Department and Police Department are playing a baseball game where the community is invited to cheer on those playing...

We borrowed a book the "Sunset Western Garden Book". It lists various plants and trees within specific temperature zones, which has possible future use for those of you looking for a "specific climate". We are planning to plant Peach, Pomegranate and Grapefruit trees in specific areas of our back yard. Zone 11... with specific temperature highs and lows, precipitation and similar requirements for plants and trees. Perfect for what we had in mind. Possibly some specific locations for one or more "palm tree" varieties as well... which is something we could never do in Colorado! Sometimes we must understand the climate better through plants, that can handle the climate and seasons of a possible move(s).

IF you are unsure of the climate extremes in a possible area of interest, check the Climate Zone for plantings! Sure was a surprise to us. It could help in deciding if an area is appropriate for you and your "garden". After a few years we will be picking fruit from our own yard... or those hanging over the sidewalks in town.
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Old 10-20-2015, 03:03 PM   #33
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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!
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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.
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Congratulations on your new home.......and just in time for the onset of winter.



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Old 10-20-2015, 06:56 PM   #35
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How about a "two story condo-stream"?

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Having two houses can be dream, or a financial nightmare. My situation changed and I ended up with two houses and one income. The recession, and housing market made things even worse.

#1 Twice the money tied up in real estate
#2 Twice the real estate taxes
#3 Twice the insurance
#4 Twice the maintenance.

Zoning around me prohibits living in a trailer. Even in my backwoods area, Trailers have to be 50 feet long for you to live in them.
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How about the trailer on your post? Sixty footer?

You are right about #'s 1 to 4. Our Airstream license costs more in Nevada than Colorado by about $120. House insurance $387 Nevada / $3,100 Colorado for similar $$$ coverage and by using some coverage that umbrellas over both. Direct TV $90 for both houses. But overall... more $$$ out.

I need to start finding more quarter dollars and fewer cents and dimes on parking lots and at the Post Office floor! Before long we will have our "Fruit Stand" and a fruit working it. Asian pears can grow there, but they cannot handle a hard frost like the others... darn.

For several decades we have been picking up loose change in parking lots and crusty metal detector change found buried at campsites. Some I am embarrassed spending them when you cannot tell a cent from a clad dime! The Silver coins go into my "special" pocket so the wife does not spend them.

There is a RV Park as you come into Boulder City about four miles from Hoover Dam, with concrete pads, full hookups, gated, palm trees in some lots (I am fascinated with Palm Trees), and a view of Lake Meade that you can purchase for your own. We drove past it a few times, but never stopped to investigate. Some pads were for sale, as I met a couple people who picked up a pad as part of some other deals. I am sure a google search will narrow the name of the place. With the older owners, there could be some turnover. I heard of some empty pads available. If they are... and not being used... time to deal.
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