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Hi everyone,

We bought a kominka in southern Ibaraki (Tsukubamirai) last month. I browsed this forum before buying and it was really helpful, so thanks!

Would really have loved to get something a little further out, or in the mountains, but for various reasons needed to stay close to where we currently live (my wife's jikka).

I'm originally from Australia (as it seems are a number of forum members) and have been in Japan 1.5 years.

I'll probably have some questions later as we get closer to renovating the house, but for now we are clearing the house out, and clearing the land (we bought an akiya).

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Welcome to JapanSimpleLife Zaimondos and thank you for signing up, we really do appreciate that
Zaimondos wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:21 am
We bought a kominka in southern Ibaraki (Tsukubamirai) last month.
That was my dream to buy and restore a kominka but over here in Chiba they seem to go for ridiculous prices. Apparently second lifers retiring from Tokyo push the prices up.
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Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:21 am
I'll probably have some questions later as we get closer to renovating the house, but for now we are clearing the house out, and clearing the land (we bought an akiya).
Would love to see your progress if you have the inclination to post some pictures but please don't feel under any pressure if you prefer to maintain some privacy.

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Thanks for the welcome.

No problem, here's a picture of the outside. (I know I should take more pictures.)

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We got ours pretty cheaply through a public auction via the Ibaraki tax claim office, but the land was completely overgrown with sasa and other stuff, which I think put a lot of people off. It's mostly clear now and the house is in pretty good condition, no termites, but a leaky roof.

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Wow, your house is amazing, it looks absolutely fantastic. It should be awesome once you have restored it.

Must have been hard work clearing the land, did you do it by hand or use some heavy machinery ? I imagine it took quite a lot of work getting it clear but lucky for you if that put other people off bidding for the house, it's a real gem. Will you be doing the work yourself to restore the house or getting some help from carpenters and such like ?

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Thanks! I bought a clearing saw and chainsaw to clear the land myself. Had some help from friends too. We’re deciding how to do the house. We’re getting quotes from some renovation companies but the big ones seem very expensive. We’ve also found the original builder (in his 70s, still building!) He’s been very helpful - he’s willing to help us remove some walls and raise the height of some beams. Most likely scenario is we try to do as much as we can ourselves, contracting for the things we can’t do.

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That is an absolutely stunning house Zaimondos! It is going to be a labour of love and I hope you share many pics along the way.
You should think about youtubing your progress. I would definitely watch every single episode.

Also welcome to JSL, you are an exciting new addition and I look forward to much house porn.

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What's up! Northern Ibaraki here.

Nice house! Would love to know more about how you got the land if you don't mind sharing. I'm hoping to get at least a quarter acre (hopefully a full acre) for a good price :)

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gonbechan wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:08 pm
That is an absolutely stunning house Zaimondos! It is going to be a labour of love and I hope you share many pics along the way.
You should think about youtubing your progress. I would definitely watch every single episode.

Also welcome to JSL, you are an exciting new addition and I look forward to much house porn.
Thanks!

I have actually filmed some of the house. I planned to film it for friends and family, though once I got started I got carried away with things as usual and tried to make a nicely edited youtube vlog style one, with mixed results. But have to admit it was fun - I'll probably try keeping it up.

You can see it here - this was filmed in the middle of February, just after we took possession. The house is clear of junk now, and in the next couple of weeks the cars and tractor will be removed:


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farmingnoob wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:12 pm
What's up! Northern Ibaraki here.

Nice house! Would love to know more about how you got the land if you don't mind sharing. I'm hoping to get at least a quarter acre (hopefully a full acre) for a good price :)
No problem - we got the land in a public auction (公売) through the Ibaraki tax claim and control office. They've got lots of properties there, so worth checking out. http://ibaraki-sozei.jp/publics/index/20/ They conduct some auctions at their office in Mito, and some via Yahoo Auctions. If you want exact details of the process, what you need, how to bid, let me know - would be more than happy to help.

We got the property for just over 3 mill. There was one other bidder. Land is just under 1400m2 so around a third of an acre.

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Zaimondos wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:00 am


Thanks!

I have actually filmed some of the house. I planned to film it for friends and family, though once I got started I got carried away with things as usual and tried to make a nicely edited youtube vlog style one, with mixed results. But have to admit it was fun - I'll probably try keeping it up.

You can see it here - this was filmed in the middle of February, just after we took possession. The house is clear of junk now, and in the next couple of weeks the cars and tractor will be removed: https://youtu.be/LNFD9fKOWic.
Just watched all your house and bamboo videos.
Very Impressive.
The house is gorgeous and with a little work will make you an amazing home.
Don't forget to look through the things (books, boxes, cans and pockets etc) for hidden money as well as check out hidey holes.
We found an ocha tin up the in the ceiling of our house with about 5man worth of 1,000 yen notes and some 500 yen coins.
As for the butsudan, there is a pretty good market for 2nd hand ones, so don't throw it away.

It would be awesome if you made your own thread and chronicled your progress. I am already a fan!!

On another note, you're lucky you got the house in the colder months, in summer that bamboo would have been heaving with mukade, snakes and wasps.