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Zenia    Posted 01-04-2005 at 12:44:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've been doing some work north of Sacramento, where there are still open fields and lots of horse property. I drove past this really charming farm house, with huge old wood barn, some trees - so picturesque! It was really a nice spread. A slight hill sloped away from it, and as I drove past the ridge less than 1/2 mile further down the road BAM. My view was overwhelmed by the sight of a huge development of monster homes, encroaching on the farmland like a slow moving flow. Those tract homes were ready to swallow everything in the way. No doubt the farm will fall, like so many others. Many of the homes still had tiles stacked on the rooftops, ready to be laid. More houses were being built.

These monster McMansions are so close together, you could just about reach out the window and shake hands with your neighbor. I know people who love these homes, and say they don't want a garden anyway, it's too much trouble. I know one guy who bought an almost 3,000 sq. foot house, then had concrete pured across his 10 foot yard so he would never have to do yardwork again.

Wow. It's like that song Way to Go Ohio, not sure the exact title, but the singer sounds like Blondie, singing about how most of the Ohio farms have been replaced with strip malls. I remember when all of that area was open space. Sigh. I'd move to Montana, but it snows there.

KellyGa    Posted 01-04-2005 at 14:03:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, its sad, they build it, and people come. For some reason there is always somebody willing to buy those big huge ugly monstrosities. Its happening here too. Every inch of space they can get, they throw up those houses. No yard, not even enough room for a kid to play frisbee. Its the wave of the future I guess, but I have to tell ya, its not for me. I will be sitting on my acreage, and be buffered by trees all around my property, and nobody will intrude on my peace and quiet.

If anything ever happened to the economy, and these folks that are buying these houses wanted to try and grow some of their own food, or have a few laying hens and such, they would be SOL. I sure don't want to be caught with my pants down. I at least educate myself on how to survive tough times.

I don't know what this world is coming to, I really don't. But, look at it like this, if everybody wanted to be on a lot of land, it would be crowded in the country. So, I reckon its the best kept secret around. They can have those ugly houses with no trees and no yard.

BOSS    Posted 01-04-2005 at 13:03:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
and the houses aren't the worst part of it. The laywers are right behind the builders, sueing everybody and their brothers. Those new housing projects are the perfect lawsuit! The lawyers call them job security.

Melanie    Posted 01-04-2005 at 12:56:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's the Pretenders, the singer's Chrissie Hynde, and great song!!!

Melanie    Posted 01-04-2005 at 13:42:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, and what I don't get is how all the yuppsters want so bad to be part of these so-called "communities" (read for: I can hear my neighbor blow his nose and my other neighbor's teenager's walkman), and pay so much money for them, when they're just glorified row houses. We got some of those growing like a cancer up the side of a once-beautiful hillside at the southeast side of the town... man, those things are ugly, scarring up the land, and hanky-size lawns to complete the picture.
They're the equivalent of TV-dinner homes, or, as my husband called them when he was framing, bread-and-butter houses, and yet people will pay through the nose for the prestige or whatever. Man, those realtors got a good thing going.
I have a friend here looking for a house; it took three false starts before she could find a realtor who wasn't specifically trying to push those bread-and-butter numbers on her. Weird.

Randy    Posted 01-04-2005 at 13:01:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Same thing going on here in CT. Guy bought the house next to me, old farm house on 2 acres for $500,000. Rebuilt the whole thing, now it's $2,450,000. Next town going crazy with building.
Can't afford here so we buy in upstate NY. Get there when we can. But at least we have a place.

Randy    Posted 01-04-2005 at 13:51:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll try the link thing again. If you go to Klemm Realty and go to the 2-4 million dollar properties the house right next to me is there. They call it the Northrop Homestead for $2,450,000.

Battleborn    Posted 01-04-2005 at 20:25:58       [Reply]  [No Email]


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