My Home Dreams have changed as I grew older. As a child (5 or 6 years old) I imagined owning acres and acres of land and having all the endangered species on it. Surprisingly, at this age, the house itself didn’t really materialize. As I grew older, I realized how hard that dream would be to accomplish and had to scratch it off.
My next Home Dream was to live near the mountains living off the land, with a small meandering stream-fed lake beside a log cabin. In this dream, I was a fisherman and a hunter (just for the record, I’ve never hunted). I imagined that I wouldn’t really have many neighbors. I had this dream until college, when I realize I had a bad allergy problem and how difficult and lonely this dream would be. This dream was more feasible from a cost perspective, but very inconvenient and an extremely hard life. Scaling back my dream, I still would like a cabin in the woods; but I currently have more important things to save my money for. Actually this dream is partially fulfilled by renting a cabin in the wood occasionally (we did that last year).
An occasional Home Dream would be to live by the Delaware River like my Uncle did. But those thoughts have always been squeezed out when I realized that I couldn’t afford such a plot of property.
Today, my home dreams consist of owning a small rental property, preferrable a 1 dwelling house (although I’ve heard this isn’t the way to go). I would like to find one dirt cheap that’s in great shape in a great market. Yeah, this is one of the more feasible dreams, but still hard to obtain the perfect combination that is profitable. Plus, I don’t know if I really would like to deal with tenants…
How have your dreams evolved of what your perfect home dream would be?