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    Senior Member rosarugosa's Avatar
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    That's a cute house, Jeppy. It's even smaller than mine, but it looks like a decent layout, so it might actually feel larger.
    I looked at a house with my sister recently. It's kind of crazy. The house was very cute and well maintained on a nice lot on a good street. Small is OK, right? But there is actually no living room, and you need to go outside to access the cellar, which is something I've never even encountered before. When you come in the front door, you are looking at the wall mounted TV, and a couch to the right, with a little hobbit set-up under the stairway to the left. So you basically have a foyer and a kitchen on the first floor, all for the low, low price of $475,000! The upstairs had two small bedrooms and a bathroom and was pretty normal although small.

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    In my old neighborhood of Victorian houses the cellar was accessed from outside. Modern renovations cut a hole in the floor to create interior staircases to the basement. Most everyone I know had both interior and exterior entrances to their basements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosarugosa View Post
    That's a cute house, Jeppy. It's even smaller than mine, but it looks like a decent layout, so it might actually feel larger.
    I looked at a house with my sister recently. It's kind of crazy. The house was very cute and well maintained on a nice lot on a good street. Small is OK, right? But there is actually no living room, and you need to go outside to access the cellar, which is something I've never even encountered before. When you come in the front door, you are looking at the wall mounted TV, and a couch to the right, with a little hobbit set-up under the stairway to the left. So you basically have a foyer and a kitchen on the first floor, all for the low, low price of $475,000! The upstairs had two small bedrooms and a bathroom and was pretty normal although small.

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    That is a lot of kitchen space taking up 800 sq. Ft.

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    Yppej, thatís a cute little house. Rosa, I have seen houses where you go outside to get to the basement in Wisconsin but itís weird not having a living room. One of the condos in our building was 944 sq ft and beautifully redone. However, the kitchen is now huge and the dining room is gone. It looks weird and the living room also shrunk because of it.

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    I wouldn't be able to move to Maine until I retire since it is too far to commute. But I found a great town:

    https://www.wmtw.com/article/maine-t...Leag1qsRE08OTI

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    It looks a lot bigger than its actual size. Very nice--plenty of windows, plenty of property for privacy.
    Last edited by JaneV2.0; 7-15-23 at 12:53am.

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    Jeppy: If you move there, be sure to check out McLaughlin Gardens in South Paris. It's a lovely place:

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosarugosa View Post
    Jeppy: If you move there, be sure to check out McLaughlin Gardens in South Paris. It's a lovely place:

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    Your link is for a house not gardens.

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    I echo bae above.....we here at Casa Rob have stopped buying most things. I will still shop at yard sales (found some incredible inflation busting deals this Spring when I had a day off) and also we will continue to shop the Goodwill Sold By Weight Clearance Center in Nogales, AZ - the prices are so low there we make up the cost of getting there and back. Other than that, we just choose not to participate in any spending we don't absolutely have to.

    At this rate, I believe my take on the necessity of leaving the US to be able to retire in the first place is going to go mainstream or at least not be viewed the slightest bit as radical going forward - it's just too damned expensive in the United States. At least I have a few workarounds to date. I have something like 12 pairs of shoes I bought for $2 each pair the last time I was in Nogales at this Goodwill. That's enough shoes - the point is that I stocked up to not be vulnerable to retail prices.

    I don't know the answer here but I am becomming more and more grateful for the economic turmoil I've known in my life. I can auto adjust my standards downward instantly - faster than one can snap their fingers - because I never really believed in the US as a viable long term option. I do feel a little bad for the many folks who are not capable of this automatic adjustment - I see challenging days ahead for many.

    It seems SO and I will be travelling next Summer - Bogota/Medellin and not just for tourism but to get a handle if Colombia would make do for lower costs as a place to retire. Anyone in any position to do so - I highly recommend such comparison shopping. I can't see things getting less expensive nor wages increasing very much from here on out. Rob

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    And for those completely unwilling to leave the US - Bless you, someone has to stay - I recommend Wichita, Kansas - a place where 135K can buy you a decent house to this day, with a large backyard to grow some of your own food. Rob

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