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post #1 of 24 Old 05-09-2014, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Property v. Long Commute to Work

We are thinking of buying a horse property so we can have our two horses stay with us instead of boarding them. Since we can't afford anything in the city, it would mean moving out quite a bit. My commute to work would increase from 15 miles to 40 miles one way.

It's worth it to us - at least that's what we are thinking now. If it weren't for work, we would have moved to the country long ago. We have a good opportunity to get a property we love and have put in an offer … and I hope we are making the right decision .

I'd love to hear from people who have moved out of the city to be with their horses and get your input. Thanks!

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post #2 of 24 Old 05-09-2014, 12:20 PM
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It is completely worth it to me, as well. My commute is only about 25 miles, but even so it can be a headache at times, but again, the benefit of having horses to love on when I get home makes it worth the while.
The only thing I do not like is that I opted for a fuel efficient car, and do not have a truck as well (still saving up for a 3rd vehicle!), so I cannot haul out. But we do what we can to afford the horses and at this point that means saving on gas!
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post #3 of 24 Old 05-09-2014, 12:23 PM
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I drive 105 niles a day to and from work

It takes 2 hours out of my day, which makes it really hard to do things in the evenings -- especially when it gets busy at work and I have to put in 10-14 hours

I get more hours to play with them in the summer than I do in the winter
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post #4 of 24 Old 05-09-2014, 12:24 PM
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Anything 100 miles and less I consider to be a local commute; 40 miles is nothing!
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post #5 of 24 Old 05-09-2014, 12:26 PM
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40 miles would get old fast and the cost of fuel would be a big factor.
I would spend a little extra and be closer if this deal doesn't go through. Resale value will be higher closer also. I couldn't personally drive that far for very long on a regular basis.
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post #6 of 24 Old 05-09-2014, 12:43 PM
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I worked in Maryland and commuted to Washington DC for almost 30 years. When you have that kind of a commute, nothing else would faze you.

As far as gas prices, buy something small that gets excellent gas mileage.
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post #7 of 24 Old 05-09-2014, 01:27 PM
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I commute 90 miles each way to home and work/school. I opted to keep the horses in the town where I work so I can zip on over and ride in the evenings. I get to ride 5 times a week instead of only on the weekends. It's especially good in the winter since I can drive in the dark but can't ride in the dark.

I should add that I like my commute. It's low traffic highway almost the whole way. And I get an hour to myself. I listen to books the news what ever I want. No one is bothering me etc. But I love to drive just saying not everyone hates commuting.
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We live about a half hour/ 45 minute drive to the City, depending on weather and traffic. Our whole married lives together have been in the country and I can't see living any place else. There's lots of work and sometimes riding time must give way to pressing necessities to keep everything on track but overall it is well worth it.

When my husband and I were commuting to work, I ran some numbers on fuel costs, etc. It worked out for us, rather than using the 'big' vehicles, to take out a car loan, wait for a good dealership special/sale and buy a little commuter car. We still had the 4x4s to use if the weather was bad in the winter (we get snow storms - I bet you don't). The savings on fuel (it was a little Hyundai, btw) pretty much covered the monthly loan payment; even the added cost of having to plate an extra vehicle, I believe, was an indirect savings over not having to put a lot of wear and tear on the truck and SUV with the resulting repair bills.

I hope you get the place and keep us updated.
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Thanks for all the input. I am happy to see that a lot of others commute and are ok with it. Just like Roux, I don't mind driving at all and the additional mileage will be highway. The congested city portion will be the same as I have from my current home.

Churumbeque, I see your point, but a 'little extra' to be closer to the city would be around 100K more for the same type of property than we will pay farther out. Unfortunately, that's just not an option for us .

Chevaux, we are in the process of calculating if it will be worth "stabling" my husband's truck and getting a second small car. I have a Hyundai that gets good gas mileage, but our truck is a guzzler. It looks as if the savings in gas will be a bit more than the monthly payment and insurance for a third vehicle, so that might be a good option. We definitely want to keep the truck to trailer the horses and haul stuff. Can't imagine life without our truck .

We've been sitting on pins and needles about this property for quite some time - this is a short sale, so I'm afraid we will be waiting some more …
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We've been sitting on pins and needles about this property for quite some time - this is a short sale, so I'm afraid we will be waiting some more …
Oh yes, short sales certainly are anything but short! We got ours this way as well. Put our offer in in May 2012, Moved in at the end of August 2012. It was quite the test of my patience! I probably made things harder than normal though, since I got married and changed my name halfway through escrow.
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