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The Dangerous Door, Part II - cellophane
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The Dangerous Door, Part II

Here it is, the Dangerous Door, live and in person. Um well, actually it's not alive, and it's not a person. Here it is, inanimate, and in doorway! Okay, never mind, that's not working. But this is the real thing, complete with new glass.

I spent this afternoon it my parents' house, hostessing their Open House while they were in Chicago looking at new apartments. My childhood home went on the market this weekend. It's kind of weird, imagining some other family living there someday. Imagining what they will do with the place. One couple was talking about knocking out a wall! But that's where the piano goes...it needs an inside wall....

But it's also neat, in its own way. They are doing something they've wanted to do for awhile, and they aren't going all that far away. For me, it's almost like I'm moving somewhere new, without the burden of actually packing up my stuff and moving. My parents are moving away, and my childhood home is becoming somebody else's.

I have more to say, but I'm tired. It's been a long weekend, I was at work lots of yesterday, and work starts again tomorrow. Fortunately I had a really good evening to make up for it....hopefully eventually I'll have time to write about it!
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ferretsofglory From: ferretsofglory Date: August 1st, 2004 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great Scott, I want that house!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 2nd, 2004 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Make an offer! Then we could hang out and stuff. (:
ferretsofglory From: ferretsofglory Date: August 2nd, 2004 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
remind me to pad the door before we start racing to it.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 2nd, 2004 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, it might be best if you just removed it again. Then we can race all we want.
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: August 1st, 2004 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I lived in two houses growing up- one until I was 8 and the other till I moved away for school and growing up. Both times it was very weird to think of them being someone else's home.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: August 1st, 2004 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow... looking at the pic of the house brings back *so* many memories! i imagine it's got to be kind of weird to see it go up. i know i'll feel really mixed when my mom and dad's house goes on the market. if i'm still here when it goes up, i'm seriously considering buying it, if i can afford it.

btw: i totally forgot that your old phone # had the 666 in it. i got a good giggle there (:
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 2nd, 2004 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
heehee! Yep. Actually it's weird thinking about that no longer being "our" number, too. Even though it changed area codes 3 times. I actually encouraged my dad to switch it to a cell phone...but I don't think he will. (:

It's fun but weird! That's way more house than I want or need (or can afford), but it'll be a great place for a family.
sshell From: sshell Date: August 1st, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
hi-
saw your post in the detroit journal.
i actually babysit for a family that lives right across the street from your parent's home on wareham!
small world.
i'm michelle by the way :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 2nd, 2004 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi Michelle! I'm Rennie. That's pretty cool...small world, eh? I grew up in that house, and did tons of babysitting there myself. Looks like I'm 10 years older than you though, so it was probably a whole different set of children. Neat! It's a great neighborhood, isn't it?
polaron From: polaron Date: August 1st, 2004 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a beautiful house !!

I wish I could get one like that...

::divides $ 539,000 into thirty years' worth of monthly payments, gets $ 1497.22 a month::

::not including financing / interest or whatnot::

::cries::



From: nicegeek Date: August 1st, 2004 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
...and unfortunately, the interest payments are where most of the money goes. A 30 year mortgage at 6% on $539,000 will add $624,366 in interest. The monthly payment would be $3232. And that's still without fees, taxes, or insurance.
polaron From: polaron Date: August 2nd, 2004 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Holy Jeez !! It'd take maybe 118 of me to afford that :(

I may find myself....in a shotgun shack :P

Or I may find myself...in a van...down by the RIVER.

Ah yes. The joys of owning a house, to be experienced someday in my future :)

Maybe. Just in case I'll start budgeting for that shotgun shack ;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 2nd, 2004 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Keep in mind: this is a big house in a very "desirable" neighborhood. You can still find nice places around this area for much less. (:
polaron From: polaron Date: August 2nd, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think (hope ?) that I could afford a house in the $ 100,000 - $ 150,000 range by myself someday. And I dimly recall seeing places go for around that in this area (Royal Oak / Ferndale). So yeah - one day I feel that I'll own a home without sawing a leg off to get it (building a shotgun shack - not too handy, yanno ;))

It's just that when I see a nice, unassuming house and find out that it's worth half a million dollars...

...I get the Fear <:(
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 2nd, 2004 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, prices have gone way way up in that neighborhood! I think that's like quintuple what my parents paid for it 27 years ago....

It's definitely not a "starter home". Way bigger than I'd know what to do with...but a perfect space for a family with 3 kids.
polaron From: polaron Date: August 2nd, 2004 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I love older brick homes :) I'd want to get something like this house over what they've been creating in Troy / the outer suburbs in the recent past.

Brick homes seem more sturdy...and I'd be afraid to bump into a wall in a 21st century home; I'd probably bring the whole thing down ::lol::

Western Pleasant Ridge has a lot of nice homes and pretty streets like Huntington Woods - I used to bike ride there when I lived in that area, and I have several houses earmarked as potentials :)

If one costs less than my shotgun shack project, I might just buy it :))
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