One of the reasons we moved to North Carolina was for more affordable housing prices. If you compare a $200K house in Arizona to a $200K house here, you do get more for your money in the sense that you get more land and probably more square footage, but other than that it’s basically the same. The neighborhoods aren’t the nicest in both places, but they’re also not the worst. Where we live, I feel like there are sooo many more “nice” neighborhoods than average ones. I used to think I would be really happy in a small, very inexpensive little home on a lot of land. While that is still true, I’m not going to lie…I kind of want one of those really nice houses in my dream neighborhood (!!).
Here’s the thing, though. I would never never never not in a million years purchase one of those houses until we can completely 100% afford it. If we end up in a $150K house because that’s what we can afford, than so be it. I will be happy and make the most of it! But…if by chance we do use our money wisely, continue to increase our income and save save save, why not live in our dream home? 🙂
Qualities of my dream home
Two stories, all brick siding. I grew up in a two story house and the first house my husband and I bought was two stories. I love two story homes and don’t ever see myself buying a one story home. Here in NC, a good amount of the houses are all brick. In AZ, the houses are stucco. Bring on the brick – I need you in my life.
A large deck. Have you seen the decks in NC??! Not only are they stunning, but they overlook some of the best views of the woods. A wooded backyard and a deck are a must for me. I refuse to live in a cookie-cutter, track neighborhood. I want the houses to have space between them, be on land (even 1/3 acre is land to me so that’s very doable) and be different from the house next door.
Crown molding throughout. This isn’t a requirement as we can definitely add this in ourselves, but crown molding is so charming and I love the cozy vibe it gives the home. I also would love dark original hardwood flooring, elegant chandeliers and vaulted ceilings.
I’m not too picky about square footage and room numbers. A house that’s two stories will automatically have 3 bedrooms, which is the minimum we need. I would love to have an office or a playroom, but neither are a “must” (but, again, most of these houses actually have at least 4 bedrooms). For square footage, 2200 is ideal, but I know that’s actually going to be hard to find as most of the two-story/wooded lots/brick homes/huge deck houses have at least 3000 square feet. Oh first world problems…
How much my dream home will cost
I’ve found a few homes I really like that meet all of the above criteria for around $250K, but since we’re talking my dream home here, it’s more realistic that we would have to spend at least $350K. To me, that seems super expensive, but the median home cost in the US was $305K in October 2014. Crazy!!
What is your dream home like? Are you wanting to live simply and have a small home or do you dream of a big, fancy home? I’ll admit the Tiny House movement fascinates me, but there is NO WAY I could live in such a tiny space with kids!! Maybe one day, though 🙂
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