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#31 Carl G

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:25 AM

I live in Natoma Station and can honestly tell you I've never really paid much attention to those type of things.  I do notice the dead lawns at bank owned homes however.  NS reminds me of the neighborhood I grew up in and I like it.  We don't have an HOA; I really don't want someone else telling me how to live my life.



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Posted 02 July 2013 - 06:22 PM

I'd rather pay Parkway HOA fees (~120/qtr) than ARC HOA fees (~432/ mo)

ARC South is 120 per year.


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Posted 09 February 2015 - 06:46 PM

Here's a follow-up to this post. A colleague of mine is looking to relocate out of mid-town Sacramento and had Folsom in mind. After looking at a few places in Natoma Station she ruled it out since there were many boats and RVs in the driveways. Property sale missed to a young professional (and a very cool person) making $100K+.



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Posted 09 February 2015 - 08:53 PM

Here's a follow-up to this post. A colleague of mine is looking to relocate out of mid-town Sacramento and had Folsom in mind. After looking at a few places in Natoma Station she ruled it out since there were many boats and RVs in the driveways. Property sale missed to a young professional (and a very cool person) making $100K+.

 

 

As a Realtor, I can tell you that given a choice, most people would prefer to live in a neighborhood without or RV's stored in the driveways. The exceptions: Those who might also have boats or RV's and intend to store theirs in driveways, or in some cases, people who just don't care one way or another.

 

The thing is, like other neighborhood features, it's a matter of personal taste, and there are some who will share my taste and others who will not.

 

I've had people avoid homes close to schools because they don't want to deal with noise and traffic every morning and afternoon. On the other hand, I've sold homes to people who want to live close to schools because they know that other than the morning drop off and afternoon pick up, the neighborhood will be quiet, there will be parking available, and they can play ball in the school yard.

 

There are people who don't want an HOA because they are too restrictive and tell people what to do with their own properties, and then there are those who love HOAs because they keep the neighborhood neat and tidy.

 

Some don't want to live on a hill because they want flat area to play, or because it's easier to walk. Others want to live on a hill for the view.

 

All matters of personal preference and taste.


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Posted 09 February 2015 - 09:26 PM

I keep the boat in my side yard, and it is pretty much invisible from the street. I would have no problem with people keeping their r v or boat in their driveway provided it is well maintained. I think junky cars in driveways detract much more than a recreational vehicle. . But like Steve says, that's a personal preference. I will be very happy to retire on acreage where what my neighbor is doing will hopefully have minimal impact on me.


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Posted 09 February 2015 - 09:53 PM

Sideyard storage makes sense. 

 

Schools/no schools, hills/no hills: those features don't sway property prices or home sales either way - an equal amount of people will have differing preferences. Using driveways for storage has a direct correlation to property appeal. 



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Posted 09 February 2015 - 10:12 PM

I keep the boat in my side yard, and it is pretty much invisible from the street. I would have no problem with people keeping their r v or boat in their driveway provided it is well maintained. I think junky cars in driveways detract much more than a recreational vehicle. . But like Steve says, that's a personal preference. I will be very happy to retire on acreage where what my neighbor is doing will hopefully have minimal impact on me.

 

My  neighbor who drives a "PG&E" like stake truck finally after about 10 years just added a side yard access and gate so we don't have to look at his industrial truck parked on the driveway. 



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Posted 10 February 2015 - 07:29 AM

I live in Briggs Ranch. I park my boat in my driveway. In fact, I moved to Briggs Ranch specifically just because I COULD do that (No HOAs, CC&Rs). Now, before anyone goes off on a white trash rant, let me clarify some circumstances.

1) My boat is nice (if it matters), and I use it every weekend. I live walking distance to the lake, I want my boat easily accessible.

2) I keep it covered with a matching cover (not a tarp lol) and neatly on the side of the driveway. 

3) It does not EASILY fit in my garage. It takes me about 2 hours of modifications (remove tower, swim deck, tongue, lower the hitch, use a floor jack, etc) unfortunately to put it in my garage, otherwise it would be in there on a daily basis. It's a $30,000 boat, of course I would prefer to keep it in covered storage.

4) I use it all summer, and promptly put it away in my garage once fall hits. When spring comes, I bring it back out. 

 

2 doors down, my neighbor has a fishing boat that stays in his driveway all season. He NEVER uses it (ok, he used it once as long as I have lived there). That kind of bothers me. I understand if someone actually uses it, they want it accessible, and they keep it covered and clean. But come on, it's just sitting there. Use it or get it out of the neighborhood. But, I have no right to complain obviously.

 

My neighbor has a large lot and actually runs a little boat and RV storage out of his house. He approached me that I could keep my boat in his covered storage FREE if I'd like. I'm assuming he's tired of looking at it. Unfortunately, his driveway angle is too steep to get the trailer up, and I politely declined, and explained my boat goes in the garage November - May.

 

Anyways, I think there is a line between  "trashy" storage and being respectable. Obviously, a lawn of cars, RV's and run down boats is disrespectful. But, if you have a nice clean boat that you USE on a regular basis, by all means keep it in your driveway. Keep in mind, covered storage runs about $300+ a month.  



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Posted 10 February 2015 - 07:34 AM

Also, a thing I've noticed about Briggs Ranch, about 10% of the homes seem to have boats out in the summer. That was an attraction to me personally, because I knew I wouldn't be harassed for having my boat out in the summer, and actually a main reason I bought there. I specifically did not buy in Empire Ranch because I was pretty sure I would get in a fight with the HOA at some point. I think I am a neighbor that brings value to a neighborhood, boat or no boat, especially considering I've put 40k in improvements in my property in just the last year! If I had a neighbor with a $100,000 boat in their driveway (this is what a typical wakeboarding boat costs today), I would think "hmmm... nice neighborhood". But, I realize that's not everyone's take. Anyways, we live in a lake-centered community, it's not a big deal in my opinion. If thats not your thing, move somewhere there are CC&Rs to prevent those sorts of things. 



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Posted 10 February 2015 - 07:41 AM

As much as I would dislike having a neighbor with a boat or RV parked in their driveway, it pales in comparison to the guy who parks his old beater pickup on Flower with a huge sign in the back window loudly stating his disgust for our president. Regardless of your political views, that is unnecessary. He doesn't drive the truck, it just sits there as a billboard. It's tacky and immature.

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 08:13 AM

I live in Briggs Ranch. I park my boat in my driveway. In fact, I moved to Briggs Ranch specifically just because I COULD do that (No HOAs, CC&Rs). Now, before anyone goes off on a white trash rant, let me clarify some circumstances.

1) My boat is nice (if it matters), and I use it every weekend. I live walking distance to the lake, I want my boat easily accessible.

2) I keep it covered with a matching cover (not a tarp lol) and neatly on the side of the driveway. 

3) It does not EASILY fit in my garage. It takes me about 2 hours of modifications (remove tower, swim deck, tongue, lower the hitch, use a floor jack, etc) unfortunately to put it in my garage, otherwise it would be in there on a daily basis. It's a $30,000 boat, of course I would prefer to keep it in covered storage.

4) I use it all summer, and promptly put it away in my garage once fall hits. When spring comes, I bring it back out. 

 

2 doors down, my neighbor has a fishing boat that stays in his driveway all season. He NEVER uses it (ok, he used it once as long as I have lived there). That kind of bothers me. I understand if someone actually uses it, they want it accessible, and they keep it covered and clean. But come on, it's just sitting there. Use it or get it out of the neighborhood. But, I have no right to complain obviously.

 

My neighbor has a large lot and actually runs a little boat and RV storage out of his house. He approached me that I could keep my boat in his covered storage FREE if I'd like. I'm assuming he's tired of looking at it. Unfortunately, his driveway angle is too steep to get the trailer up, and I politely declined, and explained my boat goes in the garage November - May.

 

Anyways, I think there is a line between  "trashy" storage and being respectable. Obviously, a lawn of cars, RV's and run down boats is disrespectful. But, if you have a nice clean boat that you USE on a regular basis, by all means keep it in your driveway. Keep in mind, covered storage runs about $300+ a month.  

 

If you can afford a 30k boat why not get a slip? Unless you take your boat to the river? Folsom Lake boating season was about 2 months last year.



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Posted 10 February 2015 - 08:18 AM

Sideyard storage makes sense. 

 

Schools/no schools, hills/no hills: those features don't sway property prices or home sales either way - an equal amount of people will have differing preferences. Using driveways for storage has a direct correlation to property appeal. 

 

I think it will depend on what and how it is stored. Directly across the street from me is a neighbor with an RV. It has never bothered me and I've never heard anyone else complain. On the other hand, around the corner there's a guy who keeps his work trailer in the driveay, and another who has an old car sitting there, and yet another who doesn't wack his weeds until they are high and brown.

 

I think those issues would be more bothersome to home buyers.  

 

As much as I would dislike having a neighbor with a boat or RV parked in their driveway, it pales in comparison to the guy who parks his old beater pickup on Flower with a huge sign in the back window loudly stating his disgust for our president. Regardless of your political views, that is unnecessary. He doesn't drive the truck, it just sits there as a billboard. It's tacky and immature.

 

The average sale on Flower over the past 6 months has taken 33 days. The house next door to the one you mentioned has been on the market for over 5 months (they even made upgrades and dropped the price by $50K), and one on the corner on the court across the street took 290 days.  I can't say every single buyer who decided not to purchase those homes cited the guy who uses his truck to display his opinion of president, but I do know several buyers who did and a number of agents who had buyers refuse to even go inside. They don't want to live next to that guy.


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Posted 10 February 2015 - 08:55 AM

 
If you can afford a 30k boat why not get a slip? Unless you take your boat to the river? Folsom Lake boating season was about 2 months last year.


Well, it is another ongoing cost that wouldn't be coming out of my pocket, so I'm not going to presume to know better than them as to how they want to spend their money.

Separately, there is a waiting list for a boat slip. Being a former boat owner, I wouldn't want it in a slip unless there could be a boat lift for it. Even when I lived on a lake and water skiied literally every day after work, I trailered it. It kept it much cleaner (wiped it down after every use) and I could take it to the gas station to gas 'er up, which was less expensive and allowed me to run a higher quality gas. It also made it a lot easier to work on when little things would go wrong.

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 08:56 AM

Steve, apparently someone took it into their own hands. It looks like the back of the truck window was smashed the last couple days and the message is now gone and the glass is all shattered.

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 09:02 AM

Well, it is another ongoing cost that wouldn't be coming out of my pocket, so I'm not going to presume to know better than them as to how they want to spend their money.

Separately, there is a waiting list for a boat slip. Being a former boat owner, I wouldn't want it in a slip unless there could be a boat lift for it. Even when I lived on a lake and water skiied literally every day after work, I trailered it. It kept it much cleaner (wiped it down after every use) and I could take it to the gas station to gas 'er up, which was less expensive and allowed me to run a higher quality gas. It also made it a lot easier to work on when little things would go wrong.

 

I don't quite get why anyone would pay for a slip and then still haul the boat out every day. That defeats the purpose.

 

We used to trailer the boat, launch it, pull it out, etc (all the things you mentioned) and it was a PITA. You see all the weekend yahoos at the boat ramps each weekend? Guys who have never backed down a trailer, guys who run into the dock, boats die at the dock, jet ski fools all around. That was enough to get on the list and get a slip. Well worth it even though the gas (same Chevron gas you buy at the station) is a bit more pricey but if you're going to owna  boat you can't go cheap on everything.






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