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DH & I purchased our first house in Brooklyn, NY just days before the birth of our first child. The things that made our home & neighborhood a great place to raise children also make it appealing as a place to retire. We have friendly and involved neighbors. We're close to public transportation, so no need to rely on a car. Museums, libraries, the botanic gardens & Prospect Park are all just steps away. So are the grocery store and major drugstore chains.

Our house is a 2 family. We live in the 2brm apt with everything on the first level. The 3brm upstairs can be rented for 65-90% of our mortgage. If our family expands as we hope (we want 4 children) we'll either convert to a one family or purchase a one family in the same area. The house will more than pays for itself if we rent out both apts. If we rent out the finished walkout 2br basement apt as the previous owner did, then the house becomes a cash cow. This makes the house a large part of our FIRE plans

Great idea for a board, Mazske
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