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April 30th, 2012 at 06:31 am

I went up to spend the day with my son's family yesterday. We went to lunch at a taco place and I spent $7.70 on soup and a fish taco. After lunch I wanted to look at some open houses in the area. I had three on my list. The first was a one-bedroom 2d story unit just down the street from where my son lives. Although it was one-bedroom, it had a 12x12 dining room, a 12x7 office and and 12x5 sunroom, so it didn't feel tiny. The kitchen and bathroom were both unexceptional, and the bedroom small -- 11x11. No parking available -- I would have to find a place on the street every night. It was $133,00 and had just gone on the market. Association fee was $308 monthly and taxes were $2,294 annually.

The second was in a gorgeous old building. It had two bedrooms, but one was really an old parlor; I would use it as a dining room. It had a nice big kitchen, washer-dryer hookup, tiny bedroom, nicely painted and remodeled throughout. It was only $70,000. Why? Scary neighborhood. I couldn't do it.

The third we didn't even go into, because the neighborhood and building looked so bad.

So really only the first is a possibility, and it is a little high for what I can afford. I will watch it, though! Maybe the price will come down.

Yesterday's meals:

Breakfast: granola w/skim milk
Lunch: chicken tortilla soup and fish taco
Dinner: honey-glazed pork chop, roasted sweet potatoes and chick peas.
Snack: S'mores. (or as my grandson says, Shmores.)

4 Responses to “Open houses”

  1. laura Says:


    Were you looking in Oak Park or Evanston? I know that in Oak Park, a few blocks can make a huge difference Embarrassment

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Evanston. And in Evanston, a few blocks can make a big difference, too.

  3. snafu Says:

    In our community, there is a noticeable difference between listing price and selling price. It might be in your interest to contact an agent to get details on comparable 'solds'in the past 3 month, checking out neighborhood, square footage, appliances, updates, and upgrades to be sure you are talking like-to-like.

    Do you really want to move? It's such a horrible task!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Moving is an awful task, but it is inevitable for me. I am not living where I want to retire; only here for the job. I will check out the comparables.

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