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Old 02-05-2020, 06:47 AM
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It the few who answered the question with experience living in this type of home thanks.

To the rest providing nothing helpful and just string types of property they like, you are performing in true THT fashion, boys. Keep it up lol.
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I grew up in a twin, of course I'm 72 y/o now. Never had a problem. I live in a semi rural area now, and I'm sure it would suck to be a kid here. Gone are the days when you could let your kid ride their bikes to friends houses or let be gone most of the day. It's a different world now. I think you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned it would be great for your daughter! Personally I'm not comfortable with HOA's, but it seems you are. Go for it!
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
It the few who answered the question with experience living in this type of home thanks.

To the rest providing nothing helpful and just string types of property they like, you are performing in true THT fashion, boys. Keep it up lol.
Guess I forgot to provide my resume. I lived in a condo/duplex for a year after college. I absolutely knew my neighbors sex schedule and taste in music.

Old 02-05-2020, 08:16 AM
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I never thought I would say this, but considering moving to a local development. Every possible amenity outside of a golf course, including the only swim-up pool bar in the state and a waterpark with slides, pirate ship etc for the kids. You can have a blast on the weekends in the summer without leaving the development and battling ruthless traffic.

Here is the kicker. It is expensive as hell. I need roughly minimum 2,500sqft to live. This puts me just outside of my comfortable price range for a single family in the development. I'd be looking around 2,100. However, they offer "twin homes" with double garage, finished basement, courtyards, that I would be able to be about 3,000sqft+ pretty well outfitted, would be a custom build, and in my budget (including basement full bar). It does say basement, master, shared walls have sound proofing standard. They can have a fence in your courtyard. Costs pretty much neutral out with what I pay for everything at home now which would be included.

What do I seriously need to consider, saying I'd never live in a townhouse again (which this technically isn't)? The floor plans aren't pinched. It is moreso a factor of how can the developer maximize their profits.

Will be a pretty strict HOA, but I am actually ok with that because all the exterior work is included, and I don't need anything crazy like a pole barn, shed etc...

Anyone live in or own a larger twin in a higher end development? I am trying to make sure I don't let the shiny wrapping fool me. I mean the layout is the same as a single family. The only real thing I see is you do have a shared wall. That said, it is very possible the owners are only there 4 months a year. They could suck, but my neighbors now suck.

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we live in Seaside village in Ocean city Maryland and it sounds like we are in a similar situation to what you’re thinking about. We have zero problems with living around other people but our next-door neighbor is rarely at his house so that helps a tremendous amount. We also get along with him well and I consider him a friend! The issues we have really come down to people who have chosen unwisely And live in a group setting and do not care to live by the rules. Examples include, large dogs off leash, large piles of dog crap that aren’t picked up and disposed of, people complaining about multiple cars parked in Open, allowable areas but sitting for a long time not being used. Things like that. The bottom line for me is, if you don’t have an HOA association that is overly meddling, and you yourself are an easy-going person that doesn’t mind an occasional tourist technically trespassing, then you should consider it.

The other owners that complain about much less serious issues are not that big a deal if you’re a casual person. And because you’re most likely looking at a seasonal location, you might find the three busy months in the summer to be a nice change with several people around versus the extremely quiet, almost ghost town, situation the remaining nine months.
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Don't over think it, as long as you think you can get out of it at some point. Hell here in the new neighborhoods the houses are almost touching anyway, and your kid will love it. Also by not over extending yourself, you will sleep better.


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Go for it, Get one of the units that backs up to the woods with the running track and water behind the tree's so you are not looking at someone all the time when on your deck .
Our first house was a Twin n N, DE. Was not bad. Then we moved to Middletown with 2 acres.

You keeping the1 acre property? Down there those size lots are unheard of unless you are away from the beach.

Be a great place for the kids to grow up.
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My parents lived in one for several years. Once inside you would never know that it was attached to another house. I never heard a peep and don't think they did either.

However, one big issue came up after Hurricane Irma when they needed to have their roof replaced. Since it is one building with one roof, both sides of the whole structure had to get the roof done at the same time. Apparently the insurance company for the other side was dragging their feet and delayed the entire roof replacement for almost a year. They had been wanting to sell their house too but couldn't due to the roof needing replacement.

Overall I think they had a good experience. They liked their neighbors and got along with no issues, but ended up moving to a single home after.
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Originally Posted by Softballbryan View Post
we live in Seaside village in Ocean city Maryland and it sounds like we are in a similar situation to what you’re thinking about. We have zero problems with living around other people but our next-door neighbor is rarely at his house so that helps a tremendous amount. We also get along with him well and I consider him a friend! The issues we have really come down to people who have chosen unwisely And live in a group setting and do not care to live by the rules. Examples include, large dogs off leash, large piles of dog crap that aren’t picked up and disposed of, people complaining about multiple cars parked in Open, allowable areas but sitting for a long time not being used. Things like that. The bottom line for me is, if you don’t have an HOA association that is overly meddling, and you yourself are an easy-going person that doesn’t mind an occasional tourist technically trespassing, then you should consider it.

The other owners that complain about much less serious issues are not that big a deal if you’re a casual person. And because you’re most likely looking at a seasonal location, you might find the three busy months in the summer to be a nice change with several people around versus the extremely quiet, almost ghost town, situation the remaining nine months.
I'm a little grumpy for my age, but polite and frankly would like to live somewhere with more 'community'. I am fine with following the rules, as I actually read all bylaws before I move, and most usually seem reasonable.

For the dogs off the leash, it is allowed in the on site dog park. I don't want my dog off a leash not because I don't trust my dogs, but I don't trust other's dogs.

I don't need to fly a flag of any sort anywhere, or build a wedding venue.


Thanks, guys. Got some good advice in here.
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For $300/yr I have a slip and boat storage 30 min away, which is pretty much 5 minutes past the nearest real marina anyway.

What I pay a landscaper, private trash, private exterior maintenance, etc... each year equals easily half the HOA fee which would include it.
Several of these kinds of comments have left out HO insurance. That should just about equal the other expenses you'd save, right?
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
Several of these kinds of comments have left out HO insurance. That should just about equal the other expenses you'd save, right?
Costs wind up about neutralizing. Maybe something nominal like $1k.

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