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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

(79)Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House by Meghan Daum

It is no surprise to some of you that I have "House Lust". I have had it for years. I am one of those women that HGTV is specifically geared towards and I eat it all up.

Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House is about a young woman who has restlessly moved from rental house to rental house while moving back and forth from California to Lincoln, Nebraska. She finally takes the big plunge in the shark infested waters of Los Angeles real estate. Let me just say that for what Meghan Daum paid for her hovel in LA - would have bought her a mansion in Wyoming. For real. But, having lived in Lincoln, she knew that when she took the plunge.

I enjoyed Life Would Be Perfect if I Lived In That House, but I need to tell you now that the majority of the book is about the rentals she lived in leading up to her purchase. I did enjoy how she told us what she paid in rent for each home, that gave me a chance to compare to what I have paid in rent over the years. My cheapest rent was $250/month in Red Oak, Iowa and my most expensive is $1400 in Casper, Wyoming.

If you have House Lust, this book will hit the spot. But don't go into it thinking it will be all about home ownership. It is more about being a rental dweller on the path to becoming a home owner.


christa @ mental foodie said...

Have you read All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House by David Giffels? I think you'd enjoy it - it's about restoring an old house. I wish I have the skills! Read this back in 2008, pre-blogging days, so no review from me...

Lisa Mandina said...

Stop by my blog and pick up your award! I had to give it to you first!

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

Christa, I will check that out! Thank you for the recommendation!

Thank you, Lisa! So sweet of you!