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By: Gustav Hoiland

Feb 13 2014

Category: architecture

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Focal Length:24mm
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Boxy and uniform. Went to a lecture by the MIT Center for Real Estate last night to hear about housing policy and practice in Chinese cities. 80% of housing stock in China (at least in the top tier cities) is high-rise. Which makes tracking changes in home value relatively easy, as they’re largely similar. American single-family homes on the other hand… much trickier.

I’m still coming to grips with what I want in a home. I’ve rented ever since I’ve arrived in Boston, and have lived in seven neighborhoods in as many years. I don’t need granite counter tops, but would love a bit of energy certainty, even efficiency. Part of me loves the allure of high-rise sameness, but I’ll probably eventually revert to good’ol single-family. Those are the extremes at least. Somewhere in the middle there’s no doorman and no lawn to mow.

But the foreseeable future is my name on the dotted lease line.

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