By Braddah Lance
Well, I'm asking - just some curiousity questions really.
Wen Da Wife and I were looking to buy a home years ago, we looked all ovah and considered a few things: price, work commute, community and ohana.
Town - and da surrounding areas - would have great considering da work commute would have been hands down a breeze but we nevah like condos or apartments. I wanted da Salt Lake/Moanalua area cause I wanted our future keiki (nevah have wen we was looking for a home) to go to Salt Lake Elementary (to build some "character") and then to Moanalua High (da bestest public private school). Ok, so I'm a little biased there.
I know, I know.... Wassup Wit Dat!
But considering da prices at dat time, it was outrageous to plunk down $500k+ for an itty bitty condo/apartment plus monthly maintenance fees and then with a baseline of $750k+ in da Salt Lake/Moanalua area we really couldn't afford anything in both locations.
We looked in Pearl City but da homes for sale at da time were a bit run down and we both agreed Ewa and Mililani was suicide cause of da bottle necks during rush hour although da homes were newer and more affordable. We weighed sanity ovah wasting hours everyday in traffic.... we chose to be sane.
While we considered affordable living by staying in da truck (just joking but not), luckily, Da Wife's family lot was eventually offered to us in Pearl City so we ended up buying it. It's a very convenient location close to grocery shopping and da malls also. It's close enough to both our friends and ohana which was a plus and I guess Pearl City High isn't so bad.
So I gotta ask, whether you rent or own, how did you come about your living location? Was it mainly da price? Did you sacrifice anything to live there like friends, commuting time or convenience? How long is your commute to work? If you were able to move right now, wea would you go?