Sunday, March 27


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I've narrowed the house hunt down to two - with a dozen alternates in case those fall through.  One comfortably within my price range and very nice, one stupid cheap by big city standards and still quite nice.  There's a big price gap but the more expensive one is about 50% bigger and on twice as much land, so that's understandable.

I was a bit concerned about possible street noise with that larger one, but then I took a closer look at the layout (built in 1908, it's been through multiple renovations and extensions and the interior arrangements are now not merely complicated but non-Euclidean) and realised that the bedrooms are at the back.  The house now faces sideways; I suspect it originally took up a large corner lot but the street frontage on one side was subdivided and sold off decades ago. 

Okay, fine.  Sideways is fine.  Does explain why there's no facade.

There's at least seven doors and one flight of stairs that aren't indicated on the floorplan, the main bathroom apparently occupies four separate rooms, there's a window that opens out onto the patio which is in turn entirely inside the house, and I think I might need to replace the carpet, but it's twice the size of my current place (three times by volume thanks to the 13' ceilings) at 60% of the price.

I was taking a look at weather for this town, and on the positive side they haven't been affected at all by the recent and ongoing Noachianism.

On the not-necessarily-negative side, there were overnight lows below freezing every month from April through September last year, something that simply doesn't happen in Sydney.  By the time I move up there in May I'll be facing the coldest weather I've experienced in years - and it won't even be winter.


Posted by: Pixy Misa at 09:28 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 At my new place, I'm looking at an average of 107 nights/year below freezing, which is approximately 107 more than I have now. As for flooding potential, I look down on the neighborhood (sniff), so hundreds of houses in front of mine would have to be at least 100 feet underwater before the river two miles away would reach the level of my basement.


Posted by: J Greely at Monday, March 28 2022 02:47 AM (ZlYZd)

2 J,  speaking as someone that lives in a large home in cooler climes, the problem with a large older house in winter is the heating bills.  Older homes tend to leak air due to insecure window caulking, thin doors, inefficient window-glass and leaky frames, and matted ceiling and floor insulation.  Make sure you take a GOOD look at those items!

Posted by: JT at Monday, March 28 2022 04:10 AM (0EkmO)

3 JT, my new place was built in 1999, and has solid wood doors, Pella windows, and good insulation. According to the son of the previous owner, my winter utility bills should actually go down a bit, since I'm not paying California prices.


Posted by: J Greely at Monday, March 28 2022 04:57 AM (ZlYZd)

4 Sorry 'bout that, J.  Meant that for Pixy...  My bad.  smile

Posted by: JT at Monday, March 28 2022 06:30 AM (0EkmO)

5 JT, it's a good point.  In Sydney you just turn on the little $20 Kmart electric heater when it gets cold, or switch the air con from cool to heat (turned out that heating the entire house that way last year was cheaper than just heating one room the old way).
Both the places I'm looking at have slow combustion stoves as well as multiple original fireplaces which I suspect are no longer functional.  Can't use them because of environmental regulations, can't remove them because of architectural regulations.  
That's a reason I'm leaning towards the larger house - it's big enough that the space lost to the fireplaces is irrelevant.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, March 28 2022 10:00 AM (PiXy!)

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