I've spent some time lately thinking more about my dream house.
What if a traditional home isn't what I need, after all? What if I need to think a bit more outside of the box? Or interestingly enough, inside of it?
This post is me explore not just one option, but all of them. And the more I explore, the more I realize this may become another series for me. There are a ton of options out there and just reading about them on the internet isn't always enough.
I really need to put myself out there and see what all I can find. Do my research here on the web, and then go look for these options to see them in person and speak to people who live in them and build them. For right now, let's look at what I've got so far. Apartments
Apartment living is great in my opinion. For now, it's the most viable option with my irregular income as a freelancer. In fact, my two bedroom is actually a bit too big for just me.
What I like the most is having the ability to move to another location once the lease is up. There is no mortgage, I get to write off all of my wfh office stuff. It's great.
The apartment that I live in right now is pretty cheap. However, there really aren't any amenities. I found an apartment in a great location, but it's going to cost me an extra $500 a month. However, they have their own gym, pool, and community areas where I can abuse Wi-Fi, get free coffee, and have a little social interaction when I need it.
The complex has a grocery store across the street and is at the corner of two main roads, giving me access to a ton of dining. Also, it halves the distance between myself and my godkids, which is a huge plus.
One of the biggest downsides is that there aren't many Uber drivers cruising around this area. Right now, I take Uber pretty much everywhere unless it's on my side of town. Anything more than a ten minute drive is usually going to have me relying on Uber. This new apartment takes that options away. I don't want to buy a new car right now. I'd much rather preserve my current ride as much as possible and enjoy not having a car payment. Double-Wide
Many people turn their noses up at the thought of living in any kind of mobile home.
However, these are people who clearly have not been in a modern double-wide. These things are really nice. They often have open floor plans, which I like, and most important, are one level homes.
This is a big deal for me. I hate steps. I currently live on the third floor of my apartment complex and carrying anything heavy up or even down the stairs is a huge pain and I'd rather not deal with it. Moving in was a nightmare and I'm 100% certain I'll be hiring movers when it's time to move out.
Buying a double-wide is going to involve buying property. All I need is a piece of land. If the land doesn't already have water and sewege hookups, then I need to pay for them to be installed. This means probably having a well installed, along with electricity and sceptic tank.
These costs are huge and in the end, if I have to pay for it all myself, would come in around $100k, which makes the option much less attractive.
However, if I can find a plot that already has these issues covered, I can just buy a trailer for $50-$70k brand new and just drop it on the property. Another option is to find one for sale, which would hopefully be even cheaper. Unlike most houses, double-wides don't appreciate much in value.
But at the end of the day, the most attractive option right now is this: Shipping Container House
These houses are really neat. People take shipping containers, which are relatively cheap at $1k-$2k each, and turn them into a house.
Granted, this takes some work, but as far as structure, part of the work is already done. This means that the time it takes to put the house together will be minimized, as long as the home design isn't too complicated. There are companies, like Sundog Structures
, that actually specialize in building shipping container houses.
As far as my own vision, I want something really simple. I want a one level home with an open floor plan. I only want four actual rooms. I need one for my office, two bedrooms, one for me and a guest bedroom, and then a bathroom.
Everything else can be completely open. My vision includes lots of windows in the main area and a ton of houseplants to give it kind of a year round cozy kind of cottage look to it. The Takeaway
All of these options have pros and cons. Right now, I'm thinking that these three are probably my best bet.
The plan is to stay living in apartments for as long as I can. Anyone who has been keeping up with the perfect move series knows that I'm looking all over the country for the "where".
Once I know exactly where I want to live, it will help me decide on what kind of structure I want to live in. Being a single guy with no kids is coming in really handy in my search. I don't have to worry about a spouse's career change or my kids changing schools.
If anyone has anything to add, please leave a comment below. I'm all ears while doing my research.