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[SJ]DucmanS2R

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Don't Ever Buy Waterfront Property . . .
« on: August 11, 2009, 12:06:43 am »
I already knew this, but every weekend I help get my Dad's place back in shape it just reinforces the principle.

The latest was this Saturday. 8am to 4pm. . . In August.   In the Texas Gulf Coast. High 90's F, no wind and high humidity. Yay! Cutting down old pilings from the existing bulkhead then hauling them up the 15ft rise to his garage.  Then breaking up an existing brick railing that's falling down and hauling said bricks up the 15ft rise to his garage.  All of this is in preparation for a contractor to rebuild the bulkhead so his land doesn't wash out from under the house; not cheap.

Waterfront property sucks away your life and bank account.  You've been warned.

[SJ]Peter Enqvist

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Re: Don't Ever Buy Waterfront Property . . .
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2009, 06:07:46 am »
Some wise words for sure.

I know it's not much of a comparison, but bere in Winnipeg the most expensive properties are the ones along the Red River.  A heavily polluted body of water that floods nearly every year.  I don't know why anyone would want to live along it, but at least if you own a house there and then realize the mistake you made in buying it, you can still sell it to some one else for a lot of money.  Not sure how easily one can sell property along the Texas Gulf Coast these days, but hopefully there's a market for it if you want to get rid of it.

[SJ]Stein

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Re: Don't Ever Buy Waterfront Property . . .
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2009, 04:52:54 pm »
I'm surprised that an idea like  a "Terp" isn't widely used over there... (red:A terp is an artificial mound in the Netherlands.)


i recon it's also because of the polution of the landscape, a hump in the shoreline would be rediculous... but even 500 bc farmers would pile up earth and build theyre houses on top of this mound of earth... comebine it with rocks as wavebreakers and you have a fortified position...


only to be picked up by a hurricane more easily.. ehr..  watch the church in the background of the picture on this site:

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terp


Woof ~ Woof


but it might look daft, but it sure should work better against flooding... yet the bulkhead/wavebreaker remains!

[SJ]DucmanS2R

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Re: Don't Ever Buy Waterfront Property . . .
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2009, 11:08:43 pm »
His house is on a "terp" or hill as it is called 'round these parts.  The surge from Ike was THAT bad; 15ft + the 3ft that got in his house.  The bulkheads around here are more for erosion due to tides; i.e. band around the base of the "terp" to keep it from eroding.  Not so much a cause of hurricanes but because of day to day ingress/egress of the tides; and massive back suck due to barge tug boats in his case.  He lives on a finger canal off of a bayou that has direct access to the bay about 1 mile downstream.

michael

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Re: Don't Ever Buy Waterfront Property . . .
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2009, 12:20:14 pm »
EXSPECIALY IN ARIZONA ( I HEARD)...LOL  SRY