I’m torn between Merlot and Chardonnay—those houses in that new Lennar development behind the Auto Mall. I mean, they both have the Shaker-style wood cabinets with crown molding. All the bathrooms have the elongated comfort seat toilets. And a whole list of other luxury features.
There is one difference—would it be better to get Chardonnay (notes of apple and papaya) with the electronic systems preconfigured for easy DIY set-up with the Activation Guide? Or maybe opt for Merlot (moderate acidity and soft but present tannins) with the benefit of all-configuration done-BEFORE move-in?
Merlot is available for $459,950 (not even half a mill). Chardonnay is less: $444,950.
Alas, when I put in my household income of $74,000 (just under the median for Thurston County) their mortgage calculator just froze up. I couldn’t even qualify for the varietal I’m not familiar with: Hamilton at $439,950.
I wonder if there are any homes for sale in Olympia that wouldn’t cost nearly half our take-home pay. Not houses that are the equivalent of wine. Maybe houses that, if you want to compare them to a drink, would be more like water: basic, essential and made available to anyone in the city. Regular toilet seats, and I could provide my own wi-fi setup. I could afford a house like that.
Otherwise, there’s always the homeless encampment across the street from Wellington Heights.
(With thanks to Southwest neighbor Toby)