Lion of the Blogosphere

Tiny house, big price

I saw an article today about so-called tiny houses. But the house shown sells for $66,000 and that doesn’t include land, water hookups, sewage hookups, electricity hookups, etc.

For less money you can buy a cheap condo in Florida.

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In fact, if you are at least 55, you can buy a REALLY cheap condo in Florida for less than $30,000, and there was an article about this last year in the NY Times. No one wants to live in these established retirement communities in Florida because they are full of really old people. Even people in their 50s and 60s don’t want to live with a bunch of octogenarians. But at least you don’t have to worry about octogenarians beating you up. Or throwing wild parties. Although because they are hard of hearing, they may blast their TV really loud.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm

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  1. I want a big house, with a big yard, and a big car, so I only have to get groceries once every two weeks for my big family that has plenty of room to live and play. Oh, the urbanists don’t like it? Bite me.


    August 5, 2014 at 3:34 pm

  2. “Even people in their 50s and 60s don’t want to live with a bunch of octogenarians.”

    I don’t live in a Florida condo but one of my neighbors is a 93 year old widow. She’s still sharp, good health, drives, mows her own yard, etc. I’m nowhere near 50 and I think she’s awesome. I wish my other neighbors were as cool as her.


    August 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    • When I was a kid, an old spinster lived a cross the street from me. I did odd jobs for her, and as she aged my family looked in on her from time to time. By the early ’90s my family had moved away. A couple of years later, upon her death in her mid-90s, she left her paid-off $500K house to the family that bought my family home.

      E. Rekshun

      August 5, 2014 at 5:52 pm

  3. NBC News, 07/27/14: Police Involved Shooting at Century Village in Deerfield Beach.
    Broward Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a man armed with a gun chasing a woman through the Century Village community around 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The two were recently divorced and lived in separate apartments in the community. BSO says the man, identified as 67-year-old Richard Sanfratello, broke into the apartment of his ex-wife, 64-year-old Linda Sanfratello, through a window. Deputies say the victim fled to the nearby apartment of her brother-in-law, 69-year-old Daniel Basilone. The suspect fired several shots at the victim as she fled. Sanfratello forced his way into Basilone’s apartment, assaulting Basilone and holding his ex-wife against her will…

    Probably guido proles from Staten Island.

    E. Rekshun

    August 5, 2014 at 5:43 pm

  4. Orlando Sentinel, 05/16/11: Seniors’ sex lives are up — and so are STD cases around the country
    …In Central Florida, where The Villages and other retirement communities sprawl across several counties, reported cases of syphilis and chlamydia increased 71 percent among those 55 and older in that same period. …

    E. Rekshun

    August 5, 2014 at 5:47 pm

  5. As soon as I can get my kids out of the house and get it ready for sale, I’d be happy to move to a retirement community. I don’t have to be retired to do it, but I’m getting to the age when I have an overwhelming desire to yell at kids to get off my lawn.

    Mike Street Station

    August 5, 2014 at 6:07 pm

  6. We have way too many colleges and universities across America. And since our education system is broken and far too expensive, I assume many of them will go out of business, unless the schools reinvent themselves. Why not use them for recreational and living spaces for traveling intellectuals?


    August 5, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    • Now that most 9-5 jobs suck and they are overly routine and boring, and the 20 somethings and younger have very short attention spans, they could live a life of a nomadic traveler, self actualizing in different parts of America, going from one school to another.


      August 5, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    • Monasteries for people who just want to spend their time reading Great Books! The traveling part is unnecessary. Wow, it would be great. And they could write essays for each other’s consumption without worrying about the “scholarship”. This would actually meet a social need (for continuity with the past or something like that.) It would be the equivalent of Lion’s idea of paying proles to play computer games, only this would be a welfare program for non-STEM nerds who actually like to read and aren’t socially competent or focussed enough (okay, or smart enough, maybe) to play the publication game.


      August 6, 2014 at 11:25 am

      • Traveling is great. Most Northeasterners have never been to the interior of the Midwest or many parts of the Bible Belt, places with deep seated religious traditions. Some of the religious universities in these areas could be the catalyst. Most Americans in general don’t do much traveling and this includes interstate traveling.

        In Spain for example, many Spaniards travel to other regions of country, different from their localities to understand the diversity in terms of topography, food and history. So a Spaniard from Galicia would visit a southern region in Andalusia. Galicia is in the north with Celtic influences, and the culture of Andalusia has Moorish and Gypsy elements.


        August 8, 2014 at 9:26 am

      • The old monetary and economic system would render many of these learning institutions as out of business in the near future because our higher education system for non-STEM and value transference bound students has no place in society. Because of our shoddy government programs, most Americans are stuck with the industrial age mentality, that we need to make ends meet before anything else.


        August 8, 2014 at 9:32 am

  7. Some people are attracted to the idea of a tiny house on wheels because they can then travel the country with it

    Yeah they used to call those things trailers, or mobile homes. Or motor home if it had an engine. Only those things weren’t all covered with heavy wood shingles.

    Anyway, I wouldn’t mind having one of those out back of my 2400 sq ft house.


    August 5, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    • Actually they are called RVs.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      August 5, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      • An 8-wide trailer house is not an “RV.” But they’re pretty easy to move from place to place.


        August 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    • In many older trailer home parks, the trailers actually become worthless. Often times, the monthly lot fees get too expensive, the owners stop paying, and the park owner places a lien against the trailer. The owner can’t sell the trailer for enough to pay the unpaid lot fees. I’ve heard of some trailers being given away or selling for $2000 or $3000.

      E. Rekshun

      August 6, 2014 at 5:44 pm

  8. Holy shit…a 93 year old that mows her yard?? I think you may need to do her a service and get on that for her. That’s a basic community good deed. Mowing her own lawn is literally life threatening to her.

    I’m young-ish and don’t mid living amongst old people at all. Sure, some can be as cunty as anyone else, but in general life has mellowed most of them out. I don’t like how chatty some of them can be, but that’s likely out of loneliness and it beats most other drawbacks that can come with young NAMS. Most of them will be rather conservative as well. Age and the accompanying long bout of reality tends to have that effect on personal politics.


    August 5, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    • People were just generally chattier and moved at a more laid-back pace before our roads were filled with Successful Workymomz doing the Daycare Dash and trying to get back to their distant exurban homes before sundown.


      August 6, 2014 at 9:29 am

      • I agree with this…I don’t think the chattiness is a result of their age: it’s a result of growing up in an earlier time when people chatted more. Technology and constant moving around the country has increased social isolation.


        August 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm

  9. HOA condo fees can be killer.


    August 5, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    • The condos in Florida have pretty low HOA fees, and for your money you get a swimming pool and free gardening so it’s not that bad.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      August 6, 2014 at 7:22 am

  10. But what condo could be elite enough for Lion to buy it?

    The Undiscovered Jew

    August 6, 2014 at 1:01 am

  11. I read somewhere about venereal disease in these Florida old folks homes.


    August 6, 2014 at 1:15 am

    • This is not just in Florida.
      In nursing homes, the few males with running batteries service all the widows.


      August 6, 2014 at 10:53 am

  12. Sorry, didn’t see the Orlando sentinel article above.


    August 6, 2014 at 1:22 am

  13. I guess a $10,000 trailer, which would have more space than a tiny house, would be considered trashy prole.


    August 6, 2014 at 8:15 am

    • Trailer??!!! Wow! Just wow! That is a hateful and offensive comparison.


      August 6, 2014 at 9:57 am

      • yes, it must have natural wood shake shingles and roofing


        August 6, 2014 at 4:44 pm

  14. At one end you have tiny houses, on the other you have costs exploding in Bed-Stuy. Amazing, in that Bed-Stuy used to be synonymous with the worst of ghetto neighborhoods. Now rich whites and Asians can’t move in fast enough. Still, I’m guessing this is on the fringes, as the heart of Bed-Stuy is still pretty nasty NAM land. But their days are numbered. There really is some incredibly beautiful housing stock there. It’s nice to see it’s returning to the race that built it all in the first place.


    August 6, 2014 at 9:49 am

    • I walked through Bedford-Sty alone…you said that only proves that I’m insane… — Billy Joel, 1980.

      E. Rekshun

      August 6, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      • The USA generally have average to ugly looking homes. The brownstones in Brooklyn, while some of them are nice, most them are not. Manhattan has grander town houses in parts of the Upper West/East sides and the Greenwich Village.


        August 7, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      • The Upper West Side, between Riverside Drive and West End Avenue, has the best residential architecture in Manhattan.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        August 7, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      • The townhouses by the Museum Mile on 5th Ave aren’t shabby either.

        Personally I think the best real estate found in Manhattan, is located between 5th Avenue and University Place, below 14th St. I’m talking about the townhouses there, but the apartments are just as good. You have access to everything by walking a few blocks, both Union Square and Washington Square Park are nearby.


        August 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm

  15. These are the Smart Cars of housing. Tiny, expensive for their size, not as cheap to operate as it would appear, and not as good in other respects as conventional competitors. They scream “Look at Me! I Care!”, and that is their primary purpose, to portray the owner/occupant as a “Good Person”. Really – 66 thousand dollars for a 300+ square foot house with no land? In what alternative universe is that be considered a good buy, or economical?

    Ned C.

    August 7, 2014 at 10:12 am

    • +1

      E. Rekshun

      August 7, 2014 at 11:52 am

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