Alternative Housing Options

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  1. Aug 17, 2018 #1

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    http://podshare.co/

    I saw a story about this. A young adult created these in the L.A. area of California.

    I have often thought about what alternatives we might have for housing. If banks and the stock market fail, and we lose all of our income and savings, we might also eventually lose our housing and then struggle with where to live. I wouldn't want to live like this, but it might be preferable to living under a bridge or on the street.

    The prices I see seem steep. I wonder about using a similar model as an option for creating housing in a SHTF situation. Personally, I would want to keep mine locked up.

    PodShare is a membership based live/work community, by purchasing a pass to one location - you gain access to all PodShare locations during that duration.
     
  2. Aug 17, 2018 #2

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    For L.A. I don't think the prices are bad. There are no utilities, insurance and someone else does the cleaning.
     
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    Is the pod just the one bed and you have to share the 10 bed place with 9 others?
     
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    It sounds like it. Like living in the "cheap" dorms on a college campus. You get a bed and share everything else.
     
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    How about those stacked capsule type beds that are rented out in Japan?
     
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    $1000 a month gets a 3/2.5 house here plus attached garage.

    I've lived aboard a ship with bunkmates and i'd like not to do that again.
     
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    I couldn’t do what they are doing....no privacy, don’t really know who your ‘neighbors’ are. Looks like an American version of a Youth Hostel.

    In a SHTF situation I guess you do what you have to do to survive, but as long as the weather is nice I’ll just live in a tent.
     
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    not even close...I'd do a $39.99 / night motel before spending $50 to share a living space with 9 others...lol
     
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    Hows it coming along TBob? Hope things are getting easier.
     
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    It's going..slowly but surely. Gas is plumbed, except for the tank. Water is plumbed, except for the pump, flooring is being installed now.

    More appointments the 8th, 19th, 28th...sometimes it just piles on :) I believe that if He leads you to it, He'll lead you through it. I just hope that His plan includes me finishing the house for my family.
     
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    Me, too. I just want to look at potential ideas for the future. I like to keep looking at possibilities.
     
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    ...and the possibilities are endless!
     
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    The payments on our homestead are under $900/mo, and that includes taxes and insurance. I pay a little more than that because I'm working to pay it off early. House, garage, barn, pond, and 3.5 acres. Farms all around. Only one close neighbor and he's one of the farm hands. Cows & sheep outnumber people in the area by a pretty big spread. I like it here.
     
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    Sounds like you live in same rural type town as we do.
     
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    You are a wise person, to set yourself up with this situation. I think some people are wise this way, while other people have a few bucks in their pocket and use it for a new tattoo, or a bottle or 6-pack, and then they go home to their subsidized housing or rental property. There are struggles for hard working people who are wise and savers, but in this world, so many people want what they want even though it is completely useless, rather than saving or planning for the future, much like the Ant and the Grasshopper.
     
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    Very true or they are lazy or emotionally not made for it. Some can't see past the hard work only see how hard it is going to be get frustrated and never even start.
     
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    One of my mom's brothers and I were talking about hard times. Their family had it rough, very rough during the thirties. Since I spent summers at the ranch, I got first hand training about living like they did. He told me that if things got bad, he thought I would be able to deal with it, but that his children would not. They have lived in a small city all of their lives and have a standard that involves ease and comfort.
     
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    Yes and he was right too, imo. I can't imagine many getting through really hard times.
     
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    I have a nice two story Victorian home that is actually larger than I really need, but I got a really, really good deal on it, thanks to someone trying to sue HUD over it. It is close to being worth 20 x more than what I paid for it 28 years later. I am good.

    I like all kinds of homes and alternative housing options. We never know what the future will bring. I just like to look at and explore all the options.

    When we were kids, there was a pile of lumber behind a decent sized tool shed that was my grandfather's. My brothers used it to build a good sized tree house. One of my favorite movies as a child was Swiss Family Robinson. I must live in some kind of childhood dream, but I just imagine what is possible. One of the many problems with tree houses is insulating the floor. (And forest fires, and strong winds, and, and)

     
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    We also had tree houses all in our woods in Stone Mountain. Good life.
    Playing Jane and Tarzan got out of hand but only once. I beat on my chest ,let out a jungle yell and dove down to catch and lower limb and if it wasn't for all the branches I hit going down it would have probably killed me. :ghostly:
    it did knock th breath out of me and I thought I was dead. Never dive down to grab a limb,gravity is not on our side and Jane is a fake.
     
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    Oldest daughter, senior year in college was paying $2,000 a month for a two bedroom apartment!!!!!!!!!!!!! Split between four girls, $500 a month. Daughter said that was cheaper then living on campus?!?!?
     
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    I think that living on campus has gotten beyond ridiculous in costs. I wonder if those fees are used to subsidize other programs?
     
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