I've been a renter for most of my life, and consequently, a mover. Since 2000, I've called 16 different places "home". I've actually always kind of liked the renter lifestyle: something breaks? Call your landlord, nothing out of pocket for you! Feeling restless, or hate your kitchen? Don't worry, you'll have an entirely new scenery when the lease is up!
But lately, I've been entertaining the idea of buying a place. I can't afford it (yet), and it took me six months of research to buy a car (not even which model, but I literally just didn't even know how to get a loan, insurance, etc.), so as you can imagine, I'm not quite "adult" enough yet to buy a home. Plus, does our generation even buy places anymore? Or is that a myth I've been telling myself to justify living in an apartment with a sink that's duct taped together? Whatever the answer may be, I've spent many a late night on Zillow, dreaming. Here's my current fantasy:
In my neighborhood, with a garage AND a yard, adorable, and $185,000! BE MINE. But lol whatever $185,000 might as well be $18,500,000 when you are starting from scratch and just because its a good price for the city does not actually mean *I* can afford it. This mindset is why I also often set my Zillow features to "Show me all houses in Chicago under $1 million dollars", because if you're going to dream...
Anyways, as long as we are talking about homes, I wanted to share this awesome project, of America's oddly beautiful suburban sprawl, photographed from the sky:
I mean, look, I love a nice Costco trip or a good parking lot as much as the next person who has spent roughly 1/3 of their life looking for street parking or carrying home a case of Diet Coke on the bus, but the suburbs have always freaked me out a little bit, and I think these images justify that feeling. Chicago Architecture Foundation nailed it when they deemed these "haunting images of our endlessly repetitive development". Still, beautiful in all its symmetry.
Does anyone know any other good suburban photoseries? Maybe its because I'm a product of the burbs, but I just find them really fascinating.
Otherwise, Roll Call for everyone else who finds themselves spending hours upon hours on real estate sites looking at houses you can't afford.