There is a certain happiness sighted when your bus comes along. It is of course a small specialized form of happiness and will never be a great thing.

-Richard Brautigan, The Old Bus

Friday, April 24, 2009

Suburban utopia: 8 car garage!

Let's consider this sign advertising an 8-car garage for a moment. It's in front of a house that is located less than 50 yards from a bus stop. That bus stop is served by one of the very, very, very few routes in the unincorporated area of Sacramento County with 15-minute headway service. It also has a second community route bus that stops there during peak hours. This house is less than 10 minutes by bus from the Watt/I-80 light rail station. Outside of the midtown grid, you'd be hard pressed to find a better place from which to commute downtown to work and leave the car at home.

I don't know how much this house is selling for, but imagine the income required just to own and operate enough cars to take advantage of an eight-car garage. According to this year's estimate by the American Automobile Association, it costs $8,095 a year to own and operate a new sedan. And if you're collecting SUVs, the estimated annual cost is $10,259. That's anywhere from $64,760 to $82,072 a year in spendable income parked in the garage.

OK. Maybe I'm just jealous. You could drive a different car each day of the week and have one left over for Easter Sunday service. Still it seems like sacrilege to park eight cars outside a three-bedroom house so close to a rare example of convenient transit service.

4 comments:

The Derek said...

forget about the buyer.. who the hell built this house? How bout they cut the garage in half and add an extra room...

Anonymous said...

And then you drive to your office, where you work in an office cubicle that is smaller than the parking space for your car.

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