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post #31 of 42
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Originally Posted by kara_leigh View Post
Thank you! Everything but the big shrub (Juddi Vibernum) was transplanted from our last house or my mother's house. I got the Lily of the Valley (the spread out green things in the middle of the bed) from my mother. The Stargazer Lilies (the tall things next to the stairs) and the Candy Lilies (the group in the corner by the garage) are HUGE here compared to at our last house. The soil here is so much better.

I'm going to be so depressed when I can't take them with me when we move to Texas. They bloom so pretty and smell wonderful.
I LOVE lillies. I'll have to try to get some good pics when they are in bloom. I have different colours of lilies, Asiatic and Oriental lilies....have some lily of the valley but found it spread too much, some solomon's seal that goes well with the hostas.

I can't wait for spring Hopefully lots of people will post pics of their flowers/plants/gardens.
post #32 of 42
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ah yes....the houses I've quoted, 95% of them have central air, central vac. Usually a combo of brick and siding.

When we built, we did not have central air or central vac. We had the piping for central vac... we didn't have a driveway either, just gravel and an unfinished basement.(saved money by doing that. We also did the electrical work ourselves, saved a good chunk of money plus got what WE wanted ) Over the 5.5yrs we've been here, we added the central air, central vac, a stamped colored concrete driveway, and our deck. Next on the list is finishing the lower level....all that's left is the bathroom, and carpeting the rec room... for now we just have some carpet remnants on the floor.

Here's a couple pics to give an idea:

Front:



Back:

Depending on the neighborhood, in the very far suburbs of atlanta this house would be at the least $250,000, the closer it gets to midtown it would be around $500,000-$1,000,000.
post #33 of 42
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I LOVE lillies. I'll have to try to get some good pics when they are in bloom. I have different colours of lilies, Asiatic and Oriental lilies....have some lily of the valley but found it spread too much, some solomon's seal that goes well with the hostas.

I can't wait for spring Hopefully lots of people will post pics of their flowers/plants/gardens.
I love lilies also, they are my favorite flower. We had miniature calla lilies at our wedding and they were gorgeous. I had TONS of day lilies (the popular yellow one, and a dark purple) at our last house but I figured I should leave something behind since I took all the hostas. They completely ignored everything and let it all overgrow, so now they are all dead. I should have taken them anyway.

I love my candy lilies. They are so colorful, but petite. http://www.wiseacre-gardens.com/plan...candylily.html I get 3 or 4 different colors. At our last house they grew MAYBE 6" tall and only about 1/2 of them bloomed. Here they are almost two foot tall and they all bloom gorgeous. They are spreading too, which is great.

I got the lily of the valley specificly for the spreading purpose. I still need to plant another bush as soon as I can in the spring, and (before I knew we were going to move) I wanted the lily of the valley to fill it all in. My mom had it as a ground cover at her house and it was so pretty. It keeps the rabbits away too. I can't bring any cut flowers in, though, b/c I'm afraid Nora would try to drink the water I put them in and poison herself.

My mom has a degree in Horticulture, and I worked at a nursery and garden center for four years during high school and after. My mom worked there for many many years and then got fed up and quit. Now it isn't there anymore. She was the wholesale manager, and got me most of my plants at cost. I loved it.
post #34 of 42
The house we're living in is on the tax rolls as about $120,000. We probably couldn't get that if we sold it, and someone looking in the area could get a similar one for less than that, too.

It's 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage. Very small lot (which I like; I hate mowing). Very open plan, 1800 sq. ft.

The house we owned on the other side of this little town 25 years ago is a 2 br 2 ba 1 car garage attached garden home. We really liked it, and it was a nice layout for us. We paid about $50K for it, kept it 3 years, and sold it for $55K but had to take a second back on it ourselves. Today it's valued at about $70K, but you could probably get it for $60K.

We have multi-million-dollar houses in town, including one owned by one of the Dallas Cowboys. Obviously, I went into the wrong line of work. $2,000,000 here will get you a huge house (probably 10,000 sq ft), plus a 2+ acre lot and a pool.
post #35 of 42
yours do to lot size would likely be 175-200k

mine is right around 200k ( way more than we paid for it about 6 yrs ago ) ... it is 10 yrs old . 1/4 acre lot 3 bed 2 bath 1600 sq ft ....
post #36 of 42
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I can't bring any cut flowers in, though, b/c I'm afraid Nora would try to drink the water I put them in and poison herself.
I've had cats all my life and cut flowers. No cats have died from the water... I think a few of them have been out to get us. Nothing like slipping in a puddle from a tipped over vase to wake you up on the morning! And that's pretty much the worst that will happen, tipped over flowers or a broken vase. Just remember, no lilies.



It sounds like Texas and Oklahoma are fairly close on house prices - not too surprised there.
post #37 of 42
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I've had cats all my life and cut flowers. No cats have died from the water... I think a few of them have been out to get us. Nothing like slipping in a puddle from a tipped over vase to wake you up on the morning! And that's pretty much the worst that will happen, tipped over flowers or a broken vase. Just remember, no lilies.
I mean b/c lily of the valley are poisonous, and even the water you put the cut flowers in is poisonous. They are dangerous to humans, but more so to pets b/c they are smaller so the symptoms are more severe. That's what I meant when I said they keep the rabbits away. lol Sounds horrible, but I always cheer when I see a plant nibbled off. Less rabbits to eat my plants.

http://health.nytimes.com/health/gui.../overview.html
post #38 of 42
Location South Eastern Oklahoma (though some might say East Central...)

Housing is cheaper than my home town--near the Kansas City area though I am told more expensive than houses in Tulsa and a bit cheaper than OKC. I bought a house last year for $75k. It's a bungalow built in 1920 (1020 sq ft) but gutted and redone in 2007. It only has one tiny bath, but it is walking distance to my university. Generally, a decent, but not new 2-3 br modest home with central is going to be $65-100k. It is definitely possible to find a decent home for under $100k around here. More or less impossible in my home town.
post #39 of 42
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For the same, in Toronto, cost would be approx. $600-700K (I'm guessing, and I could be very low in that)
Downtown Toronto would be high because there is limited stock (except for condos), High Park homes (west Toronto) go for around the $700K to $1 Million mark.

It really depends on neighbourhood, location to transit etc. etc. Most basic houses in north GTA (subdivision lot/area), 3bdrm, 2 or 3 bath, and finished basement go for basic estimate of $400K (give or take $50k). We've been looking at prices and most have come down about $40k over the last 4 months.

In comparison, my house:

Location: 30 minutes north of Toronto - historical area
House: 1.5 storey, unfinished basement
Age: Almost a century
Land: Lot size is 40 x 260
Bdrms: 2
Bathrooms: 1 - 3pc, 1 - 2pc
Living room, dining room, kitchen, 12 x 19 glass sunroom off back of house, 2 upstairs bedrooms, basement (laundry room and future family room/den and bedroom)
Cost: $420- $430K

This was the recent quote we received from a realtor. The prices in my area have come down about $20 - $40K in the last 6 months.

We've been renovating the heck out of this house (originally a handyman's special) for the last few years. Even though the house is very small, the lot is quite large and the neighbourhood is in high demand. If you wanted a fully finished house in this same area (3/4 bedrooms, 2 bath, finished basement etc.) you would easily be paying $600K+
post #40 of 42
My 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom with double shower/seperate WC, top floor flat with no garden or balconies, in east London (rough inner-city area) is currently valued at £175k (GB pounds). That's down £5k from last year, but up £58k from when I bought it!
post #41 of 42
I just went out looking at houses and was so surprise at how expensive they are in my area of NY that my fiance and I decided to wait a few more years (even though I don't think I'm acutally EVER going to get a house which is fine I would just like to get a bigger apartment once our lease runs out)

a TINY 2 bedroom FORCLOSURE started at $250,000. Any decent house (like the one you described) EASILY go for $600,000. In my area if you want to get a small house in a good area you have to be making ALOT of money...The majority of the homes are close to or even over a million dollars. AND that doesn't even count the taxes! I saw a TINY 600 square foot one bedroom house that was running $350,000 but the taxes were 18,000 a year!!

sigh oh well...I may not own a home but I do like the location so renting is fine.
post #42 of 42
There are good reasons areas like ours are growing.

We have a friend who moved from CA. He sold a little 2 br 1 ba in Oceanside. He got enough of it that he bought a 4 br 3 ba 2 car garage with a barn and pool, 10 acres, and room for their horses in Crockett, and had money left over.
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