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First home? (Requesting recommendations thread)

tinythinker
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I might -- might -- be considering getting a house in ESO now that storage and (and likely other new features in the future) are coming in soon.

But I have no idea where to start.

I have a small army of Argonians and a mix of cool characters from other races, but whatever.

How did you choose your house(s)? What do you like about it (them)? Pros and cons of each in your estimation?

And how much of a pain is it to keep up with? I'm a lousy decorator. Can I ask others with plans and crafting for housewarming gifts or is it mostly DIY projects?
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"Light and darkness?

"Whose light? The muted, sterile glow of Coldharbor? The ominous, deep shades pulsing like menacing glares in the depths of the Ashpit? The jarring kaleidoscope of the Shivering Isles?

"Whose darkness? The shade cast by Mara's robes as she watches over her children? The cloak of Stendarr covering those in dire peril? The occult pathways of Arkay? Light and darkness, indeed."
  • Aliyavana
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    Amaya lake lodge, nice yard space and inside as well. You can put your argonian characters as slaves as an argonian owning a dunmer home is wrong
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  • vanillexhope
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    I just bought Twin Arches... I have very little money and used the crown sale to justify it. I didn't want to be overwhelmed with decorating, especially with my limited funds anyway. So I didn't want some huge estate that would remain mostly empty. I really wanted something cozy and also useful -- I'd like to put crafting stations there and anything else that's useful.

    I think Twin Arches has an amazing layout for the smaller sized plots. I looked at every one of them. I love how I can have a tiny garden to decorate, without it being huge. And the inside is just such a nice layout IMHO.
  • tinythinker
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    Aliyavana wrote: »
    Amaya lake lodge, nice yard space and inside as well. You can put your argonian characters as slaves as an argonian owning a dunmer home is wrong

    I dunno, putting a bunch of mud-dob stuff and simple pottery and ornate tribal weavings all over the place would be kind of cool. Maybe a dark elf servant in the yard.

    Wait, wait, are Hist trees a thing yet for home decor?
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    "Light and darkness?

    "Whose light? The muted, sterile glow of Coldharbor? The ominous, deep shades pulsing like menacing glares in the depths of the Ashpit? The jarring kaleidoscope of the Shivering Isles?

    "Whose darkness? The shade cast by Mara's robes as she watches over her children? The cloak of Stendarr covering those in dire peril? The occult pathways of Arkay? Light and darkness, indeed."
  • emilyhyoyeon
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    I always consider style and cost effectiveness in terms of space. The small reguard house for example is around the same gold price as the small khajiit house but has way more space. The small homes with outdoor space always feel like a steal
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  • Linaleah
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    IMO - black vine Villa or Autumn's gate are the best value for the gold. Twin arches is also very nice and spacious, but deserty and the most expensive small house out of all the small houses.
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  • Colecovision
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    Aliyavana wrote: »
    Amaya lake lodge, nice yard space and inside as well. You can put your argonian characters as slaves as an argonian owning a dunmer home is wrong

    This is an enormous letdown if you don't have ESO+. The unfurnished house has 70 slots used already, leaving 230 for a mansion. I wish I could have my 1.3 million back.

    To the OP, do you have ESO plus? It's a big factor in the recommendation for me.
  • Nightfall12
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    If you are Mostly EP there are some options in Deshaan. I know having the Gardner House is nice for a DC toon, as it puts you real close to the master writ drop off and you are in the Big city. Granted it is over 1 million for that house. But with coming storage it my be more palatable to pay that.
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  • Imza
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    Firstly if storage is your reason to buy - WAIT!

    Wait for the storage update to determine what type of storage it is - it will help you with your decision.... in the meantime take your time and look at them all - everyone has their own favorites.

    Think about what is important to you:

    Location, Race or style, big indoors, big outdoors, storage, price, etc

    EDIT: formatting
    Edited by Imza on December 23, 2017 12:52AM
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  • Froil
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    Twin Arches was my first home.

    It's the largest of the smallest houses; it has a lovely exterior desert garden and a small patio and a very spacious interior. Buy some of the largest floor planks to make faux walls if you want to. It can be comfortably decorated with the base 100 furniture slots; with ESO+, you can make it feel full and lush with the 200 furniture slots.
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  • badmojo
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    I also went with Twin Arches as my first home. Mostly because my first character was redguard, but also because of the small yard and decent sized interior. It's well worth the price. I barely ever go there since buying Strident Springs, but I still like it, my master angler boat looks great sitting on the sand in the yard.
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  • tinythinker
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    Aliyavana wrote: »
    Amaya lake lodge, nice yard space and inside as well. You can put your argonian characters as slaves as an argonian owning a dunmer home is wrong

    This is an enormous letdown if you don't have ESO+. The unfurnished house has 70 slots used already, leaving 230 for a mansion. I wish I could have my 1.3 million back.

    To the OP, do you have ESO plus? It's a big factor in the recommendation for me.

    Yup
    Imza wrote: »
    Firstly if storage is your reason to buy - WAIT!

    Wait for the storage update to determine what type of storage it is - it will help you with your decision.... in the meantime take your time and look at them all - everyone has their own favorites.

    Think about what is important to you:

    Location, Race or style, big indoors, big outdoors, storage, price, etc

    EDIT: formatting

    Yeah not sure what will matter to me. Trying to get a sense of the market.
    Fifth anniversary year for ESO - share your best memories! :-)

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    "Light and darkness?

    "Whose light? The muted, sterile glow of Coldharbor? The ominous, deep shades pulsing like menacing glares in the depths of the Ashpit? The jarring kaleidoscope of the Shivering Isles?

    "Whose darkness? The shade cast by Mara's robes as she watches over her children? The cloak of Stendarr covering those in dire peril? The occult pathways of Arkay? Light and darkness, indeed."
  • Rainraven
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    Location: near a city you like, a wayshrine, or out in the boonies?

    And then the space: do you want a yard? Do you have a preference about the outdoor climate and aesthetic? Indoors do you like a lot of nooks and crannies or are open spaces better? Some of the original houses are really dark inside, and that's an instant no-go for me regardless of any other features. Then how much space do you want? Are you going to add all the crafting tables and have assistants standing around?

    Yeah, I have thought about this way too much. :D

    Anyway, from my own adventures and the houses of friends, these are the ones I like most.

    Small: Cyrodilic Jungle House in Malabal Tor, Autumn's Gate in The Rift, Twin Arches in Bangkorai
    Medium: Velothi Harbour House in Vvardenfell, Bouldertree Refuge in Greenshade, House of the Silent Magnifico in Alik'r, Domus Phrasticus in Craglorn
    Large: Hundig's Palatial Hall in Stros M'kai
    Ridic: Orbservatory Prior in CWC, Daggerfall Overlook, Ebonheart Chateau

    It's not that hard to keep up with, and kind of fun to mess around with when you're feeling burned out or antisocial. I hope you enjoy it. :)
  • code65536
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    On PC/NA, I own the Hunding's Palatial Hall. Gorgeous beachside property, large outdoor space, and I really love that terrace overlooking the sea. And it costs less than 1.3m. I think it's better than the 3m manors, and it's the reason I haven't bought any of the manors.

    On PC/EU, I own the Cyrodilic Jungle House. Since it's not my home server, I was on a very tight budget, and this house was the best bang for the buck. The interior is a nice size--small enough to be manageable, big enough to not be crowded. But my favorite is the outside--it has the biggest yard of all the homes in that price range, so there is much that you can do with it. And as a bonus, there's a wayshrine right outside the door.

    I love both houses. My NA house is barren--just crafting stations and trophies--because it's so large that decorating it is overwhelming. But I can't get enough of the atmosphere and just how relaxing it is.

    I adore my EU house in part because it's the perfect size, and I spent way too many hours decorating and perfecting it. I really think that for entry-budget homes, the jungle house is the best. The downside, though, is the dreary weather. It's raining half the time.

    Honorable mention would be Ravenhurst, if you want something in between these two sizes. But these are by far my two favorite homes.

    Oh, and some month-old screenshots of my Cyrodilic Jungle House on EU:
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    Also, if you are on PC/EU, feel free to visit my house using the following chat command:
    /script JumpToHouse("@code65536")
    
    Edited by code65536 on December 23, 2017 1:41AM
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  • tinythinker
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    Rainraven wrote: »
    when you're feeling burned out or antisocia
    That's me all of the time :tongue:

    And while I don't reply to every comment I am carefully reading them all.
    Fifth anniversary year for ESO - share your best memories! :-)

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    "Light and darkness?

    "Whose light? The muted, sterile glow of Coldharbor? The ominous, deep shades pulsing like menacing glares in the depths of the Ashpit? The jarring kaleidoscope of the Shivering Isles?

    "Whose darkness? The shade cast by Mara's robes as she watches over her children? The cloak of Stendarr covering those in dire peril? The occult pathways of Arkay? Light and darkness, indeed."
  • MAEK
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    Aliyavana wrote: »
    Amaya lake lodge, nice yard space and inside as well. You can put your argonian characters as slaves as an argonian owning a dunmer home is wrong

    Wait, wait, are Hist trees a thing yet for home decor?

    @tinythinker I believe there is one availible at the Shadowfen achivment vendor :smile:
  • Osteos
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    Mournoth in Bangkorai is a very nice medium sized home. I believe it was around 250,000 and has a nice yard area as well as a 2 story home. You can decorate it nicely with the 400 limit for subs, it doesn't look sparse. Also there is a convenient Wayshrine right outside the door.
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  • Lylith
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    uzbachchi wrote: »
    Autumn's Gate, Twin Arches or Cyrodilic Jungle House are the three I recommend on the lower end of the scale.

    Best bang for buck size wise & location wise IMO is Sleek Creek in Rawl'kha but that's a standard home and is much more pricey than a starter home is.

    sleek creek's location is one of the best, imho.

    mournoth is a close second and has a dolmen and a wayshrine just out the gate.
  • ForgeMother
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    I went with the harbour house in Vvardenfell. It seemed like a steal for the size. The yard is huge and the inside actually has a couple of rooms which was important to me. Only thing I don't care for is the nearest wayshrine is a bit of a walk And the arched ceiling can make it a plain to place things sometimes
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  • Wolfchild07
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    code65536 wrote: »
    On PC/NA, I own the Hunding's Palatial Hall. Gorgeous beachside property, large outdoor space, and I really love that terrace overlooking the sea. And it costs less than 1.3m. I think it's better than the 3m manors, and it's the reason I haven't bought any of the manors.

    On PC/EU, I own the Cyrodilic Jungle House. Since it's not my home server, I was on a very tight budget, and this house was the best bang for the buck. The interior is a nice size--small enough to be manageable, big enough to not be crowded. But my favorite is the outside--it has the biggest yard of all the homes in that price range, so there is much that you can do with it. And as a bonus, there's a wayshrine right outside the door.

    I love both houses. My NA house is barren--just crafting stations and trophies--because it's so large that decorating it is overwhelming. But I can't get enough of the atmosphere and just how relaxing it is.

    I adore my EU house in part because it's the perfect size, and I spent way too many hours decorating and perfecting it. I really think that for entry-budget homes, the jungle house is the best. The downside, though, is the dreary weather. It's raining half the time.

    Honorable mention would be Ravenhurst, if you want something in between these two sizes. But these are by far my two favorite homes.

    Oh, and some month-old screenshots of my Cyrodilic Jungle House on EU:
    Screenshot_20171111_103439.pngScreenshot_20171111_103601.pngScreenshot_20171111_103636.pngScreenshot_20171104_152447.pngScreenshot_20171111_103624.pngScreenshot_20171111_104631.png

    Also, if you are on PC/EU, feel free to visit my house using the following chat command:
    /script JumpToHouse("@code65536")
    

    I agree with Hunding's, you can do so much with that outdoor area. Even build out over the water.
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    Snugpod in Grahtwood (near Elden Root) is really cheap and convenient to a lot of things. It's right in front of a stable, and close to a wayshrine. Also fairly near all crafting stations and a bank, and the Dominion Undaunted spot. The home's small and not real attactive, though.

    Cliffshade in Greenshade (near Marbruk) is super nice. Not only is it a pretty house, but it's also close to a wayshrine and a fence, and close to a town that has a bank, all crafting stations, mage's and fighter's guilds. You can get to the fence from the house without going near any guards, which is convenient if you have a bounty and need to unload stuff. It's also fairly cheap. I think this one is considered a medium home.

    Downside to both is that neither have yards.
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  • ArchMikem
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    A house in this game is an investment, whether it's gold or crowns. (I bought all of my homes with crowns...)

    First thing to decide. If you don't care about making this an achievement and one day owning every single House in the game, then just the single one that you are gonna have, by making sure it's the one you both can knowingly afford, AND really enjoy being in. For me it's the one in Rawl'kha. It's right next door to the town I park all my characters at, and it's Khajiiti themed with a garden and a water feature. I can show you images of what I've done with it if you want, but just go through and preview all the homes that interest you, and make sure you buy the one that speaks to you the most.
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  • Quantum_Knight
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    Someone else already mentioned it, but I'm going to second it. Mournoth Keep is a great starter. It's located right near a wayshrine and a dolmen, a quick walk or ride to a town, and I think it give plenty of bang for the buck.

    I have found that there's more real estate in that home than many others in it's price range (250k). It has a nice almost 50/50 split between interior and exterior, and if you're creative, there's room to expand on the house itself. (I made an outside forge and extended the deck on the second level into a patio with a stable area underneath.)

    It's pretty plain, looks-wise, but you have a pretty decent amount of furnishing space (400 with ESO+) to make it look like your own.
  • CyborgPlatypus
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    The velothi harbour house looks amazing and is quite cheap. I use ample domicile and tel Galen as my main houses as I like argonians and mushroom towers.
  • menedhyn
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    I went for Humblemud as my first home.

    The draw of an appropriate racial themed house for one of my Argonian characters is a factor, of course, but there were other reasons. It is comparatively cheap for a small home (about 40,000 gold if I remember correctly, which happened to be all I had at the time). The outdoor space to the rear is modest in size but there is enough to create a well-stocked garden or place to relax, if that is your thing. I'm converting mine to an outdoor workshop for my crafter. A few well-placed native fauna specimens can add so much to make it less 'industrial'.

    The small size means that it isn't too difficult to add sufficient items to make it feel cosy. As a first home for a player with limited gold, a low-level crafter and limited time to play the game, furnishing Humblemud feels manageable.

    The other reason is simply because I adore the mud construction set around a timber frame. I have a deep passion for earth structures and vernacular architecture in general (my job is fantastic in that regard) and I couldn't help but fall for the simple charm of the Argonian style.

    It can take time to furnish your home, but in keeping with how I play the game generally, I am in no rush. I'm not great at furnishing either, but then I don't intend to replicate a modern house interior in what is clearly a tribal, functional home!
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  • duendology
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    1. Go to the Crown Store and preview homes within your budget
    2. Choose the one you like the most.
    3. Preferably with the wayshrine nearby!

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  • Tasear
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    Snugpod

    All you ever need

    Outlaw refugee close enough not to get caught.

    Stables in front yard

    Pledges, and master writ around corner.

    City hub straight ahead

    Merchant right by stable

    There's also bard nearby
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  • Kel
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    I went with Forsaken Stronghold for a few reasons.
    First, and most importantly, the price at furnished wasn't bad at all, especially for its size. Second...speaking of its size, it's not too big that it feels overwhelming, but big enough to justify the price. At least, in my opinion.
    Last...it has that "castle feel" I was looking for. Stone walls, inner courtyard type thing.
    Maybe not the most home-like place, but if you are looking for something more medieval, this place works without breaking your bank.
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