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Lurker
02-11-2010, 18:22:11
Anyone want to buy a house? Assuming we sell it, we're moving to Montana.

Here's the interactive link: http://www.23woodsend.com/

The interior is going to be barely recognizable to those of you who stayed there and or visited a few years ago.

Tizzy
02-11-2010, 19:55:58
Wow, you've made some big changes.

Lurker
02-11-2010, 20:12:56
Yeah, we moved the master bedroom upstairs to where you guys stayed, adding the big bathroom and walk-in-closet out of what used to be attic space. Completely renovated the other two bathrooms and kitchen and opened the kitchen up into the dining room. The back porch was always there, but was only screened, so we added the windows and support walls in place of the screens so that it is now usable pretty much all year (although need a space heater in colder weather). I love that house now and will hate to leave it, but New Jersey isn't Montana and I want to live in Montana!

Dyl Ulenspiegel
02-11-2010, 20:23:05
Why Montana?

Lurker
02-11-2010, 21:00:55
Western Montana is beautiful, with mountains and some of the best trout rivers anywhere in the world. We want a more outdoors oriented lifestyle than we have now, and some land (not necessarily a lot, but a few acres). My wife's company has agreed to let her work there, keeping her management position. I'll have to figure something out, but rest assured I'll be nagged to death until I do. Plus, I'm sick and tired of paying New Jersey real estate taxes, which are criminally high.

jsorense
02-11-2010, 21:03:12
Why Montana?
To join a Tea Party militia, of course. Where have you been Roland?:coolgrin:

Lurker
02-11-2010, 21:14:04
Damn, busted. :(

Dyl Ulenspiegel
02-11-2010, 21:15:44
Yeaaah for the party militia.

jsorense
02-11-2010, 21:26:24
Yeaaah for the party militia.
I am in if there is free beer. :beer:

JM^3
02-11-2010, 21:50:06
Wow, good luck with the move Lurker!

JM

mr_B
02-11-2010, 22:17:13
This is all one big joke hah
You are pulling me leg Lurker!!!

This house is really the most ugly structure I ever saw.

And if it is true, damn damn damn man be glad to get out of there

Lurker
03-11-2010, 01:03:30
b you dope. House has so much soul and incredible craftsmanship. We are second owners, and original owner was the stone mason who built it.

Thanks Jon.

RedFred
03-11-2010, 04:55:48
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJN_uWaVRfo

Dyl Ulenspiegel
03-11-2010, 07:17:49
No matter how much I hate it, but I have to somewhat agree with mr b: On the outside it looks like somebody shrunk a Disneyland castle in a tumble dryer.

Inside looks very nice, and it even looks like it has solid walls - is that allowed over there?

So Lurker, you'll get a 5000 sq ft shed in Montana instead?

Funko
03-11-2010, 08:45:38
Where the hell did the TV go?!

Did something else change? :confused:

mr_B
03-11-2010, 08:49:09
tv is in the sun room

Funko
03-11-2010, 08:51:39
OK jj found it in the pictures. Must get terrible problems with screen reflections in there.

Funko
03-11-2010, 08:53:17
When we were looking for houses it did annoy me a bitje when they would move the TV out of the lounge to make it look more tidy, and put the Sofas facing like that. I was always thinking, ok jj that looks nice for people visiting but we have no idea of a practical layout for the room and that means I think it is too small.

Tizzy looked at silly little details like kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms etc.

mr_B
03-11-2010, 08:53:19
lol
lurkers TV is in the recreation room next to the garage

Funko
03-11-2010, 08:54:15
Ow o/c. :lol:

mr_B
03-11-2010, 08:55:20
Lurkers Dungeon

Funko
03-11-2010, 08:55:51
There are a lot of changes though. Wow.

Funko
03-11-2010, 08:56:23
Lurkers Dungeon

jj o/c. Where we watched the Orioles on TV. He has his beer fridge in the garage just by his dungeon side door.

Greg W
03-11-2010, 09:32:12
lol
lurkers TV is in the recreation room next to the garageI noticed that there only seemed to be one recliner chair in front of the tele.

Funko
03-11-2010, 09:37:04
There is only one Lurker.

mr_B
03-11-2010, 09:52:35
There is only one Lurker.

clap clap

There is only one stinking Lurker
theresonly ONE stinking LURKERRRRRR

Funko
03-11-2010, 10:06:48
Lurker knows, Lurker knows, Lurker knows,
Lurker knows, Lurker knows, Lurker knoow-ows
Lurker knows, Lurker knows, Lurker knows,
Lurker know-ows, Lurker knows.

Tizzy
03-11-2010, 10:10:55
There is only one Lurker.
Thank heavens for that

zmama
03-11-2010, 10:44:20
He seems to have hidden all the scotch

MOBIUS
03-11-2010, 10:45:20
b you dope. House has so much soul and incredible craftsmanship. We are second owners, and original owner was the stone mason who built it.

Thanks Jon.

I kinda like the outside. Everything is screaming at me to hate it - but I actually like it!

MDA
03-11-2010, 11:11:31
What's amazing to me is that the entire thing is made of cardboard and still appears to be structurally sound.

mr_B
03-11-2010, 12:09:05
http://www.schoolbieb.nl/uploadedImages/images/DOSSIERS%20PO/Vrije%20tijd/10077.jpg

Lurker
03-11-2010, 14:13:55
We never use the TV in the basement any more, and I would have taken it away if it didn't weigh 6000 pounds and I had a place to put it. The tv on the porch is mostly used until it gets too cold, but Funko is right the glare is bad during daylight. When Funko and Tizzy were there the porch was only screened and at that time of year wasn't close to being in use and had no tv anyway. We moved the tv out of the living room into the other main floor bedroom (the one with the blue sofa) and use that as a tv room. The media console is where the photographer took the picture from so you can't see the setup.

Dyl, the walls are indeed solid and the roof is slate. The exterior is as low maintenance as it gets. Don't want a 5,000 square foot shed in Montana. Three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths is fine, although ideally we'd like maybe 2,500 square feet and 5 acres or so.

zmama: I don't trust these bastards enough to have a pic showing where the scotch is.

Avocado Man
04-11-2010, 21:11:33
Plant some avocados, as they will increase the value of your house!

Dyl Ulenspiegel
05-11-2010, 08:06:22
5 acres is about 20.000 m2 (~200.000 sqft)? Do you want a park?

And what will you do with half a bath?

And will avocados grow in Montana?

Funko
05-11-2010, 08:57:35
The media console is where the photographer took the picture from so you can't see the setup.

*phew*

A relief. :beer:

Lurker
05-11-2010, 12:44:08
Half baths are toilet and sink only and are usually on the main floor apart from the sleeping area. Full baths have showers and/or bathtubs and are usually adjacent or near the bedrooms. The amount of land is mostly to have space from any neighbors. I expect a good bit of it would be wooded area. Dunno about avocados, but I'd certainly be happy to plant an avocado tree if it would survive. Problem with fruit trees in that part of the country is they are bear magnets.

Funko :beer: to proper tv viewing!

MDA
05-11-2010, 13:12:25
wooded lots don't need to be mowed so much, and you could shoot your own food

Make nice with the Montana Freemen, though. Better to have them as good neighbors.

Fistandantilus
05-11-2010, 13:38:05
I read that as Fremen and wondered if Lurker was moving to Arrakis :nervous:

Dyl Ulenspiegel
05-11-2010, 14:11:18
Clear case of bath inflation.

I had now known that my old appartment had 1 1/2 baths....

Cheshire Cat
05-11-2010, 14:19:33
appartment

with the excess pee, you needed that

MDA
05-11-2010, 15:01:38
:lol: MoSeworthy

Lurker
05-11-2010, 15:06:34
Oh lord........ :lol:

MDA: absolutely. Otherwise I'd have to buy a horse or something. I don't mind mowing maybe two acres, but much more than that is a pain. I'd prefer not to have Montana Freemen as neighbors and don't think that's gonna be a problem b/c those nutjobs were almost all the way at the other side of the state.

MDA
05-11-2010, 16:37:45
You could hire a migrant worker, they're cheaper than horses. Although, you'd attract less attention if you eat the horse.

jsorense
05-11-2010, 22:24:46
Very nice kitchen upgrade.
Too bad you have to sell in this market.
The other side of the coin is the cheap credit and lowered real estate prices all over the country.
[we lost 25% value (paper) on our house over the last two years]:(:cry:

Asher
06-11-2010, 03:00:46
That's a gorgeous house.

Oerdin
06-11-2010, 09:27:29
Bad time to sell.

Edit: I just noticed how old this thread was.

mr_B
06-11-2010, 14:46:52
That's a gorgeous house.

liar

Greg W
06-11-2010, 15:08:18
Bad time to sell.

Edit: I just noticed how old this thread was.Things changed that much in 3-4 days? :gasmaske_eek:

MDA
08-11-2010, 12:32:37
a house on our street was foreclosed on and sold for a little more than half of what we paid for ours a few weeks ago, it's got an extra bedroom and garage

interest rates are so low we are still able to refinance and save hundreds of dollars a month on our payments, so it's a strange strange world

and it held its value longer than expected

Lurker
08-11-2010, 16:02:07
Asher is clearly a man of impeccable taste and fine judgment. As further evidence, I bet he doesn't even own a pair of wooden shoes.

MDA -- it seems like 20-25% drops in value are common in the northeast. Foreclosures are a big contributing factor to the reduced values because they are creating so much inventory, and that is not likely to change for years. Sale prices of foreclosed houses, though, probably aren't good measuring sticks for people who aren't making distressed sales. One often overlooked consequence of the sharp drop in property values for people who aren't in financial difficulty is the effect it has on their ability to refinance. If you bought a house 5 years ago, put 20% down, and now want to refinance, the appraisal may not support a new loan. Lenders are being strict nowadays and there are people who are not able to refinance, notwithstanding good mortgage history, good income, stable employment and projected payments of less than they are currently paying.

MDA
08-11-2010, 19:12:06
We still managed to refinance a full percentage point lower, and we're not moving anyway, so no complaints. I think I'll be able to retire somewhere between age 60 and 62 now, I feel very French.

A place that's not in the the city or suburbia sounds great to me, but city-wife likes living 5 minutes from everything and gets jumpy in wide open spaces. I'd probably go rural Pennsylvania/Ohio/West Virginia over Montana. Living in Wyoming right next to Yellowstone would be really tempting, though.

Venom
09-11-2010, 14:29:20
Hey, who can blame you. New Jersey is a shithole.

Another bonus is that absolutely no one from CG will ever come visit you.

Venom
09-11-2010, 14:30:42
Also, now that you've classed up that craphole house, you totally can't live there anymore.

Lurker
09-11-2010, 14:44:08
True dat. Was feeling a bit uncomfortable in all the niceness.

Another bonus is that even if someone from CG decided to visit, I get to buy a gun and can use it to chase them away.

MDA
09-11-2010, 16:24:54
I've heard you can hunt womp rats in a T-16 out there.

edit: who gave the womp rats the keys to the T-16?

Asher
09-11-2010, 18:59:32
liar

What the hell would you know about nice architecture?

I've seen buildings in Europe.

They're either very old or very "this look was trendy for a specific few months several decades ago". Shameful!

Tizzy
09-11-2010, 22:42:42
Oh dear

Greg W
10-11-2010, 00:19:13
Yes?

Greg W
10-11-2010, 00:19:41
Forgot to log in as Funko! Damned cookies! :bash: