I just read this KILLER article about renting rooms out of mansions! If you’re subscribed to Smart Money you may have seen it, but in a nutshell it talks about people with freakin’ AWESOME homes who are struggling to keep them up due to the economy, and so they’re looking for new ways to offset the costs. The easiest & most obvious of them being to rent out 1 of their billion rooms they have in their palace! :) And when I say palace, I mean just that. Some of the places featured were insane! Pools, theaters, top of the line kitchens – you name it. One of the families even gives you access to their Mercedes convertible! It’s pretty dope.
So naturally the first thing I did was try and sneak it by the Mrs. to see what kinda hope, or not, I had of giving this a shot ;) And she actually surprised me a bit and said she’d be open to it!! Now, a whole mess of variables would have to line up in order for that to ever become a reality (they’d have to allow cats, it would have to be within driving distance to her school, we’d have to have a LOT of privacy, etc) BUT if there’s a one in a million shot, you better believe I’m gonna go for it! Haha… don’t tell her yet though cuz right now it’s just a “crazy idea” in my head like the rest of them :)
But think about it. How could would that be? To roll up to a gated mansion w/ your own room and access to everything you’d ever need? For as little as $600 in some cases?? If I were single I’d take it in a heartbeat. And even now I’m obviously still for it, haha… but then again I’m still in that minimalism phase where I think I’d be much happier with a smaller place w/ less stuff. (smaller as in “our” section – I’m totally cool living on palace grounds as long as I’m just responsible for a small patch of it!).
It’ll probably never happen, but it’s ideas like this that REALLY get my excitement going. Just for the fact there are OTHER ways to live out there other than the normal “home owner” route. I don’t know if I’ve ever told you or not before, but I’m so over my house!!! ;) Haha…. so that’s what I’m dreaming up over here in my head. What do you guys think about that? Could you ever see yourself trying it out for a year or two?
If I find a way to pull it off I’ll let you know, but either way Operation “Find a new place to live” is definitely back in the works. Anyone wanna buy a sexy townhouse for $300,000? :)
(Photo by Christopher Gosselin)