Author Topic: Buying a non-Mustachian commute  (Read 2069 times)

Emg03063

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Buying a non-Mustachian commute
« on: December 07, 2014, 09:26:34 PM »
So I just relocated from North Carolina for a job ~30 mi se of Columbus, OH.  I'm renting out my house in NC, and currently staying with a roommate ~20 mi from work; 10 mi se of downtown Columbus while I househunt.  Houses in the town in which I am working range from $30k for poorly maintained, 1905 era built to over $200k for anything built after 1940 in decent condition.  Where I am living, condos can be had for $75-$90k, built in the '03-'05 timeframe.  I'm partial to newer construction for the maintenance costs, all things being equal, and I'd like to develop a Columbus centered social life, which living closer would facilitate.  Taxes here are higher, and there are condo fees, so all in, I'm looking at $3-$5k more per year to live up here, not counting the value of my commuting time (it's 30 min to work from here).  The extra cost isn't going to appreciably affect my FIRE date.  I don't have any questions--I'm just putting my thoughts down in a post to collect them, but feel free to face punch or validate my decision as you see fit.  Also, anyone with knowledge of the area, feel free to chime in with your thoughts and opinions. 

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Re: Buying a non-Mustachian commute
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2014, 07:48:43 AM »
Consider additional commuting costs, specifically body-fat increase and cortisol depletion.  What if you sold your car and walked/biked to work?

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Re: Buying a non-Mustachian commute
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2014, 08:03:40 AM »
I don't have anything to add, just wanted to welcome you to the Buckeye State! (Sorry, my Midwest is showing.)

Emg03063

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Re: Buying a non-Mustachian commute
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2014, 03:14:49 PM »
Consider additional commuting costs, specifically body-fat increase and cortisol depletion.  What if you sold your car and walked/biked to work?

I'm looking into biking.  There's a rail trail planned but not completed yet.  Meanwhile it's 4 lane hwy at pre-dawn hours, so idk.  I'm not ruling it out.  I'll see if I can find a decent backroad route.  I'll keep the car tho.  Need it to tow my sailboat. :p

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Re: Buying a non-Mustachian commute
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2014, 03:15:18 PM »
I don't have anything to add, just wanted to welcome you to the Buckeye State! (Sorry, my Midwest is showing.)

Thanks!

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Re: Buying a non-Mustachian commute
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2014, 04:43:32 PM »
I don't have anything to add, just wanted to welcome you to the Buckeye State! (Sorry, my Midwest is showing.)

The land of my people!!! Grew up in SE Ohio. Welcome!!

Personally, I would just rent where you are now, and plan to get a job in C-bus in a few more years. Seems silly to waste all that time driving back and forth in the meantime, not to mention gas, money, etc.