The Oakland Mills Village Board has been buying and renovating older homes in hopes of luring "young professionals" to the village (as if the Mexican Coke wasn't enough). As I've said before, I generally like this program, but I can't help but pause when seeing the prices. The first home offered for sale was listed at $340,000, and the second home on the list cost $350,000 and they plan to spend $175,000 on renovations, pushing the likely listing price north of half a million dollars.
I'm a young professional, as are most of my friends. Although there are a few who make the kind of money that allows them to buy such houses, the majority of my peers (I think) are looking for houses priced considerably lower. Maybe my friends and I are just low rent.
I don't really want to belabor this point. I generally think OMVB is doing a good thing with this program, even if they could just let the market work on its own, allowing young professionals to buy these houses and renovate themselves. Also, I think they could seek grant funding or some other way to help subsidize the purchase price.
But I don't want to be a wet blanket.
Actually, the real reason I linked to this article is because of his quote from the county's housing director, Leonard Vaughan.
"Oakland Mills is one of the older villages," he added. "Some of the houses look like mobile homes. They are on great lots, but the houses were built to be affordable. People have done a great job in keeping them up. What we're trying to do is take it to the next level."Hey, he's talking about my house. So what if it looks like a mobile home, anyway? What's wrong with that? What are you trying to say?
It's small, fun, affordable and way cooler than your house, Vaughan. See?
It was also featured in Better Homes and Gardens or Good Housekeeping or something like that in the early 1970s as an example of modern living. Can you say that about your house?