I have owned just the one we have now. I inherited one when my mother passed, but I had to sell in order to pay some of the bills and divide up the estate. It wasn't my choice of a home, or my wifes'. We had another, but it was on the In-laws property. The m-i-l sold the property, and that just happened to include the house we lived in and dumped a bunch of money into. DUH! Nobody is getting this place, well maybe over their dead body...
9 over a lifetime isn't so many. With job transfers and a growing family it's not that unusual. Three were investment properties, so actually only lived in 6. Started with 1500 sq ft. Eventually the last house was 4500 sq ft on 3 acres. Way too much work. Back to 1500 sq. ft. with a big garage...Happy at last. :yes:
We had that in the house on the m-i-l property. When we bought this house it seems to be just right. Maybe a couple hundred too many squares, but the price was that of a 1700 sq foot house...It's all good!
haha. i dont ever plan on paying this one off. being in the military, i expect to get posted in the next 2-3 years. but i dont plan on losing any money lol. with the price of rent the way it is here, for a bit over 300/month more then im paying now i will have a 1500sq/f house with a huge yard and the neighbors can hardly see my yard. i will post some pics in a bit. i have a 998sq/f rental thats attached to another house, and a shared front and back yard. with 2+1 bedrooms and one bathroom and a leaky basement. My house is a full 3 rooms with 2 bathrooms, main floor laundry, big eat in kitchen hardwood all over the place :shades: .
I just celebrated 14 years of townhouse ownership... took possession of my 2-bedroom, 110 sq. metre (1,180 sq. ft.) place in a 15-unit strata on 1st June 1994.
Paid $235,000 for the place then, as it is located on the steep south slope across the water from the downtown peninsula with great views of the ocean (False Creek), towers, and the north shore mountains; it's about a 25-minute walk to my office on the south (closest) side of the downtown.
Place is a bit small now for our family of four, but a full 1.7-metre high crawl space below the ground floor provides lots of storage space and we've managed to maintain a lean existence (good aspect - you don't accumulate a bunch of stuff you really don't need/use). Two side-by-side parking spots in the parkade with a storage locker for items we use outside and it's survivable for now.
Best aspect -- sky-rocketing house prices in Vancouver now has our place valued at over $700,000 and the view is spectacular. We rarely drive our vehicle(s) on the weekend, parking the Escape Hybrid Friday after work and not starting it up again until Monday morning as everything we need is within walking distance.