Playing House Hunters = not impressed!

Yesterday was our two-year anniversary. Whoop whoop! Mr. Bacon asked me what I wanted to do, and I said “play House Hunters!” He loves to watch all kinds of house-fixing and house-shopping tv shows (Million Dollar Listing, Flip or Flop, Flipping Vegas, House Hunters etc etc), and random fact–he took real estate agent classes once but didn’t ever go through with it because he didn’t like the idea of “embellishing the truth” to potential buyers.

Since we had been seriously house-lusting for the past couple weeks and I had come up with the new plan for saving up for a house first, we decided to check out Annapolis after all, and see how listings on the interwebs compared to the real thing. Well…we looked for things in our price range (under $350k) and let’s just say a picture is worth a thousand words:

not-impressed

I guess for the most part, yes, Annapolis is an adorable town and of course there were amazing houses right on the water. The only thing is…if you can’t afford something nice right on the water, you will either get a tiny shack somewhat near the water, or a decent house that might as well be in any other town. In fact, in any other town that is within a more reasonable commuting distance!

Our conclusion is, we didn’t see anything we could afford that screamed “hey! this is definitely worth commuting an hour to work each day for!” Because let’s face it, a 40-minute drive when there is no traffic really means at least one hour to 1.5 hours each way during rush hour, or 2-3 hours total per day. Yeah. Um…NOPE!

In related news, Mr. Bacon realized (after being hell-bent on a “real” house, not a townhouse or condo) that perhaps a 2-bedroom, 2-bath townhouse (with a garage!) that is only a 20- or 30-minute drive from work is probably the way to go. Which I’m totally down for (but I have to make him think it’s HIS idea 😉 hehe). There are definitely plenty of those within a 10-mile radius of us, and even some under $350k. We got this!

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7 thoughts on “Playing House Hunters = not impressed!

  1. I would also take into consideration that your first home doesn’t have to be your dream home. Maybe you both should by something that you know will be able to rent when you move on to that nice house on the water and get some rental income from home number one. Just a thought.

    1. Thanks Petrish! I think that’s a great plan 🙂 We are renting our current 1-bedroom right now and our landlord gets to pocket all of it…someday that will be us!

  2. I think your mentality is smart here – the house has to be super worth it price-wise and quality-wise to justify that kind of a commute. Let me tell you as an experienced commuter living in a city famous for its traffic (Los Angeles) – a super long commute can be draining! Your townhouse compromise sounds pretty ideal!

    1. Thanks! I think it’s far enough out, time-wise, that we also still need to figure out if we want to be here more permanently or go somewhere else. With cheaper housing, maybe!

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