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I would say average.

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Wow! $750 a month for such a house. Sounds very nice.



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Wow! $750 a month for that big of a house? A huge difference from the place in Ghana. Housing costs around the world are indeed strange.

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My mom came to visit and she said I was living on a movie set. I'll never have a place like this again, that's for sure.

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WOW - that is a HUGE difference. Maybe we should shift to Sri Lanka LOL!

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Housing costs are weird. When I lived in Ghana, my tiny two-bedroom apartment coast almost 3,000 US a month, and it had a galley kitchen and no separate dining area. My current house, in Sri Lanka, is three stories, four bedrooms, plus maid's quarters, and has a beautiful garden. It costs about 750 US a month.

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Your house is very pretty. I love old houses. They have character.



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Thank you! The whole thing. I think it's 1238 total square feet, including the cellar. The upper story is technically a half story. The blue room you see off the back doesn't go across the whole house. I think it was added at some point after it was originally built. The rest of the house is only as wide as the brick part.

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Is your house 1200 sq feet including the upper floor, or just the foot print? It looks a lot bigger to me. It looks beautiful, too. I love houses from that era. They have personality.

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I thought I would share a picture of my house to show many Americans don't live in gigantic homes! emoticon



Mandie, I have a big claw foot tub in my upstairs bathroom (maybe 5' x 7'). I love taking a relaxing soak in it.

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Kris, I loved that article! Your street looks like a nice place to live. I also enjoyed the sheep that were used to stop a fugitive and the horse being transported on the ute. (I am glad the horse didn't get hurt.)

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Take a look at No.5 on the list. This was taken right outside my house, as in my house was behind the photographer. We used to have it each New Year's eve for many years, for entertainment/celebration for our small street's residents, but too many started turning that had nothing to do with even our little village, so we stopped. It was resurrected again this NY Eve by my neighbour who has just moved in.
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This is the little village I live in - a lot of the houses are holiday homes.

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I also get bathroom envy. I have seen bathrooms the size of my bedroom. With a big deep soaking tub.

I would love a large bathroom, but my dream home. Is an arts and crafts style home. Or a bungalow. With a yard, for my dogs.



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1/24/18 11:01 P

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All the rooms in my home are huge; especially the living area-great room!!!!

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I would need a tape measure, but a comfortable size.

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Everyone here (Austin,TX) complains about houses being super overpriced and I think they're right... you can't find anything under $350k, I'd say the average is about $500k but most of the houses at that price are tiiiny old and kinda super ugly... :-/
But if you go a bit up north, maybe about 20miles away from the city center, you can find beautiful 2-story houses in beautiful neighborhoods for around $400k.

I think it's interesting to see how much it varies from one place to another. I stumbled across some Youtube video... I think it was from a British tv series called "Rich house, Poor house" or something similar. And well, it was one of those weird tv shows.... 2 families from opposite ends of the financial spectrum swap homes and budgets for 1 week. It was interesting because what they considered "poor" didn't look poor to me at all emoticon it was kinda cute acutally lol , and what they considered "rich" didn't look that rich to me either... it looked more like upper middle class IMO. And it's funny because the series is all about exposing the economic inequality but I mean, there doesn't seem to be that much inequality... I'd gladly take the "poor" house lol. I didn't even finish watching the episode but here it is in case anyone is curious youtu.be/iDi7Ic6l3OE


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$250,000 is a down payment for a house in Massachusetts. If you live out in the boonies, you could find a nice place for around $150-$350k. If you want to live in the city, expect to pay $500,000 to 1 million for a condo. More if you want an exclusive upscale neighborhood like the Back Bay, Beacon Hill or Commonwealth Ave.

My house, bought by my parents, in a decent blue collar neighborhood of Greater Boston, will sell for over one million. Many firms have already made us offers. We wont sell yet because you need 1 million to buy something new to live here.

What happens when the family finally sells is that a real estate company would buy our house for 1 million. they'd gut it out and turn it into two condos, which they'd sell for 1 million each. And they'd get it too.

My house is pretty middle class, nothing fancy, except we DO have our own driveway and we're in a nice area. that's the big selling point. We have parking. that's pretty rare in the city.

I have a small bedroom, living room, library/office/storage room, kitchette (the kitchen is a converted closet) and tiny bathroom.

Kris... no joke, when I watch those shows, I get bathroom envy. I would LOVE to have a huge bathroom !!!



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We have the luxurious million dollar homes, too.

Not in close proximity. Those are usually in a whole other zip code.

Pat Sajak lives on Gibson Island. Those are a million plus.

All I can think is big house equals lots of dust



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Where I live my basic house would sell for $750,000 to $800,000 but a lot of the houses in my small sea estuary village would sell in excess of $1,000,000 and a few of those over the $2,000,000 mark. 4 k's away at a surf beach a lot of the houses sell for 3 .... 4 ..... Million. My section and the cost of us physically building our house from kitset 30 years ago was $89,000 and then we paid $7,000 about 20 years ago for a 4 car kitset garage. Sure beats paying rent cause if we had continued renting we wouldn't have had any tangible assets at the end of it.

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Mandie, people here i the Twin Cities metropolitan area can get a decent house in the $200,000 to $300,000 range as well. Many of the homes in my neighborhood, which is an older one, are in the $150,000 to $225,000 range. I like my neighborrhood because the houses aren't cookie cutter ones; they aren't all the same floor plan as often found in newer developments. The houses were built at many differeny times. Mine was built in 1888, the house down the street is the oldest house in Shakopee and was built, I think, in the 1860s. We have homes built that are old like that on up to newer ones.

My parents live on Lake Minnetonka in a house that has been in my family for 60+ years; my parents purchased it from my grandparents. Lake Minnetonka is notorious for homes that are extremely luxurious; my parents' home is very modest by the lake standards. My dad enjoys taking guests on "shack tours" of the lake.

Rents are all over the place here. A friend spends $1400 for a luxury one bedroom. Another friend has a dumpy one bedroom with no garage because it's an extra costs; her rent is around $900 an month.

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Around where I live. One could buy a decent house for $250,000.

$500,000 to $700,000 would get you a McMansion.

I have seen listings in the millions.

Rent is crazy though. $1500 for a 1 bedroom. That is better though. During the housing bubble. A one bedroom, went for $1800.



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I gasp when they something like 2-3$1000000 and expect (and often get) something really nice.

A large part of NZ you would be lucky to get anything under $400,0000 in my area and including my bog-standard small house, you would be hard-put to get anything under $700,000. Even a basic small 2 bedroom house in my semi-rural area, you are lucky to get anything under $400 per week to rent.

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I am not even sure. They are just right for me.

I always gasp when the people say, our budget is $700,000. Or some really high number like that.



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lol.. I like how Danby sounds.

Yes, it's kinda big. Especially the bedroom and living room but I'd rather have a larger kitchen and a tiny bedroom... or a laundry room... or at least washer and dryer connections emoticon... lol actually I'd give up my bedroom just to have a laundry room emoticon
But at least now I know what sort of things I need to look for on my next apartment hunt :O

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Flaming auto correct. DANNY not Danby :-(

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Danby, your apartment is quite roomy for a 1 bedroom apartment. My house has 4 bedrooms and is just 1056 sq.feet. 2 of the other bedrooms about 9' x 8', but one of those has a wee bit of a chunk cut out re a litle passage. The bathroom is little, too. The width is the length of the bath and the other way is about 7' but the loo is in it's own little room.

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Even though I always lived in a very big house with a huge yard, for some reason I always pictured myself living in an apartment as an adult. I like smaller spaces
But well, now that I actually live in one... the only thing I really don't like is the tiiiiiny kitchen!! The Bedroom is 13'6" x1 2'. I'm not sure how small the kitchen actually is but I think I have the floorplan somewhere around here...

Here it is. The apartment is 611 sq ft I just feel like they could have used the space more wisely :P

When my mom came to visit she actually said she loved the kitchen because it made her feel like she was in a doll house or something lol... but I definitely don't feel the same way about it.

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I live in Canada and my bungalow was built in the 1950’s and it is approx. 700 sq feet main floor + finished basement. 2 bedroom, living room, dining room, bathroom main floor. Storage room, rec room, bedroom, bathroom, laundry cupboard downstairs.

My bedroom is 11’ x 11’ minus a small 3’ x 3’ area where the door is. We had to remove the closet to fit our king size bed in there and we still only have room for 1 nightstand. My husband and I each have a Ikea PAX wardrobe for all our clothes and toiletries (tiny bathroom upstairs).

My kitchen is 10 x 10 but it has a big window and we took out the wall to the ‘dining room’ so it feels bigger (until you try and fit more than I person in there). I love my kitchen!

My dining room is an office/gym. We have an island that goes over the stairs where we eat. Don’t mind the unfinished drywall, lol.



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As an American, the American shows that get sent overseas drive me nuts! Yes, we have some B-I-G houses here with tons of space but a lot of us live quite modestly.

My house was built originally in 1888 and is roughly 1200 square feet. The cellar is an old cellar best for storage and housing my water heater and furnace. My kitchen has full size appliances (refrigerator, oven/stovetop, microwave, dishawasher). Yes, I have a dishwasher, which I know many non-Americans don't have and I have lived without but as I have aged, I have developed a severe hatred of doing dishes. emoticon My kitche is maybe 15 by 15 feet. I have a "dining room" with a small kitchen table I got from my great aunt after she passed, an antique buffet table and matching etagere I gotfrommy mom, and a wine rack. I rarely eat in there because the floor is cold in the winter, warm in the summer.

I have a small room in my main floor that acts as an office but could pass as a small bedroom; I will be purchasing an Ikea futon eventually to put in there to use for guests. This room has a small closet and is about 7 feet by 6 feet and has a small bathroom attached with enough room for a shower stall, toilet, and sink.

My upstairs has a "master bedroom" with 2 quirky closets as my top story is a 1/2 level, I guess and this room is 15 feet by 15 feet and I can fit a queen sized bed and dresser and such but it is not huge.

The other bedroom on this level is similar sized but with 1 closet. I have a twin sized futon in there for my niece if she comes to visit. I also use it as my office as I work from home for a large, locally based healthcare company.

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I live in a apartment 40 years old & as many older apartments it does not fit bigger then a double bed in the elevator. My bedroom is 8' x 11' and if you like taking a queen bed up the stairs you could fit one in it. I am single & have a double bed so everywhere I live it fits . I do not need a queen bed for one person. I have 2 night tables & a lingerie chest beside one of them. I also have a double dresser at the end of my bed & 1 side wall I have the large closet , the other I have a single 4 drawer chest & also a computer on a small computer desk in the bedroom. My kitchen is galley style & 74" long & 34" in between both sides of the counters & cupboards to walk. It has a large separate dining area ,you can see it from the kitchen, it fits a kitchen table & chairs for eating 4-6 people. I have a full size fridge & a full size stove & double kitchen sinks. Not apartment size appliances.

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The reason I ask is because I am curious. I love watching those shows where people are shown 3-4 houses/apartments to buy or rent (mostly the shows from USA) and am often amazed at how the purchasers bitch at the size of the kitchens or the size of the bedrooms, claiming they couldn't POSSIBLY get a bed in there, yadda, yadda, yadda. The thing is, most of the bedrooms I have seen in NZ are nowhere near the size that they seem to expect. My 'master' is only 10'x11' and easily have a queen bed in it, and the kitchens are often huge compared to mine, and I have catered for over 80 people from my 7' 2" x 10' (wall to wall, with about a little bench either side and a 40" gap between) galley kitchen with stuff-all bench space.

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