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19 April 2005 @ 04:53 pm
These? Are the kind of problems you WANT to have.  
So, the question for the day:

Do I plan on buying a big chunk of land outside Orlando, growing lots of food, and having an hour one-way commute into Orlando?

Or do I plan on buying the gorgeous OMG house that's 3 miles from where we'd both probably be working (i.e. RIGHT DOWNTOWN) and has a yard big enough to grow a small amount of food?

Option 1 necessitates living with my mother for an extended period of time. Option 2 means that we'd have a mortgage of well under $1000/month.

Am I wrong in thinking it's pretty clear? Because if civilization's going to fall apart, it's not going to be for a couple years yet. And the higher gas prices get, the more that house will appreciate. (3 miles, dude. Less than 15 minutes on a bike.) Plus, low mortgage price means $ to save, too, eventually ending up with enough $ to build the farmhouse AND buy land.

Maybe even enough to pay for land and farmhouse outright. Allowing us to quit jobs and do farmy things.


Today is a beautiful day. I can't wait to go to Florida. I want to live in the South. I miss it so much. Heavy, still air, and big oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. It's my home.

For the first time in weeks, I dare to hope that everything is going to be sort of okay.
elzedelzed on April 19th, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
Hey, this sounds good. I'm glad to hear things are looking up - I hope it keeps on getting better for you, hon.
Elle: Looking uptheletterelle on April 20th, 2005 11:23 am (UTC)
Thank you, darlin. :) I'll have a guest room, open to all my friends...
tiki_guytiki_guy on April 19th, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
Buy the small house now. Sell it in the future and buy a bigger place with the profits. Orlando is Growing fast, so you know prices will go up. Becides it will be better for your marrage in the long run to not live with your parents.

Elle: Wheat sheave arttheletterelle on April 20th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC)
I would be concerned about the housing bubble bursting, but I'm fairly sure that housing prices right downtown will continue to grow. When gas prices make suburbia more expensive than expected, people will want to move back into the city. So for the next few years, this looks like a good idea.
LLL's Heartfelt Wish: Beautymuse_neko on April 19th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you've already made up your mind. Your plan sounds like a good one. And you can always take out an equity line on the house in a few years after it's appreciated and by the land. That way you'll have it and can even build the farmhouse of your dreams (complete with processing center) in your own time. Dibs on a visit! ^__~
Elle: Woot!theletterelle on April 20th, 2005 11:26 am (UTC)
I can? Ooooh! I know nothing about lines of credit, just that credit in my hands is generally not good.

You would so be welcome to visit!
Mearimeari on April 19th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
wonderful plan!

and I got hte books! *tackelhugs* THANK YOU!!
Elle: Squee!theletterelle on April 20th, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
Rock! I figured you were good for the money, so I sent 'em out. :)
Madame Blue aka Pygmentsweetmmeblue on April 19th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
get the bicycling distance one. It's amazing how much food you can grow in a small space and city people will pay money for a fresh stuff sold out of your yard. My neighbor used to do it in NYC. Also, the 15 commute will be better for not triggering anxiety issues.

Elle: Peacetheletterelle on April 20th, 2005 11:28 am (UTC)
Really? People would buy fruits and vegetables? Okay, now I HAVE to do it. I'll call it practice for a CSA farm down the line.

You're right on the anxiety thing. Commuting via bicycle, or bus on a wet day, will greatly ease my mind.
Dana: stitch (mimi_na)thirdsouthobbi on April 19th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC)
I say the one in downtown. You can get exercise on the bike, then! :)
Elle: What's the rope for?theletterelle on April 20th, 2005 11:30 am (UTC)
I could! And if I'm careful about food, I could probably avoid a gym altogether. I could bike to the grocery store. The drugstore's a short walk away. (And I'm not allowed to spend money on crap, so I will not look for a bookstore or a fabric store. No no no.)
Danathirdsouthobbi on April 20th, 2005 11:32 am (UTC)
*hugs you tight*
Psychedjpsyche on April 20th, 2005 05:03 am (UTC)
Option 2!
I must be out of the loop, I thought you were moving to Canada!
Elle: Alienationtheletterelle on April 20th, 2005 11:35 am (UTC)
Someone hasn't been reading flist... :)

The Canada plan got scrapped during the nervous breakdown of 7 weeks ago. Rob was not terribly enthusiastic about it, and now that we are getting involved in the biodiesel thing, we want to be somewhere warmer. So Florida it is. If the country goes to hell, at least I'll have tried.
Merstakebait on April 20th, 2005 07:42 am (UTC)
I think you should go with your gut. Option 2 sounds good to me. An hour commute makes for a very long day.
Elle: Staring at the universetheletterelle on April 20th, 2005 11:37 am (UTC)
Well, we have an hour commute now, so it wouldn't be a big change. But if we can move out to the sticks and NOT have to commute to Orlando (distant possibility), that would be best of all.

Argh, I want to be in Florida now. Mostly, I just want to be away from here. :)