My American Dream
I really liked the idea. I’ve never been one to get excited about real estate in L.A. because… isn’t it just so uninspiring here? Unless your budget is 1 million or more? I’m not saying there is nowhere good to live within a budget, but you are always compromising something, and you are usually still paying a hefty sum.
In the Midwest, lake cabins are a big thing. Many families have one, and if not, you have a good friend or relative who does. (I use the term “cabin” loosely, as they range from actual cabins to all out mansions.) This is a similar idea. Somewhere to go on the weekend, to get away from it all, to be with nature, and to relax. Except there is no “first home”. During the week, we’d keep a small apartment in L.A.
We are at step zero of research and brainstorming, but from what I can tell, this kind of thing is still quite expensive for what you get. I don’t know how much a small plot of land costs, but ideally it would be in the southern edge of the Sierra Nevada (mountains > desert) and flat enough for a home. Pre-fab houses are not cheap either. Oh, and maintaining an apartment too? Realistically, this idea is probably a no go.
Still, I do love the idea. It is the first time home ownership has appealed to me at all. Green, out in nature, small and tidy, and the clean modern lines.
I’m not convinced of the logistics, and wait, what about living abroad for a year or two? And if we have two kids, let’s hope they are both of the same sex so we don’t need a 3 bedroom? But it’s a neat idea. Clearly it is a few years off and we’ll have plenty of time to think about it. But this:
This is MY American dream. For today at least.