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I moved into in a parcel in 2006 for free with my premium account, and I'm considering whether to take the offer to move to a home in the new neighborhoods. I've toured around them a bit, and I like the visual consistency of the architexture and landscaping. The land around my current home is >90% vacant now, which should be a minor consideration because it'll be the same workshop/conference room regardless of what's around me, but a newly populated and pleasantly designed neighborhood looks attractive.

Are there any other benefits to relocating that I haven't considered? Or benefits to keeping the relative solitude of my current home?

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There is a pretty big advantage to moving to the Linden Homes. The house does not count against your LI. I like the neighborhood feel of the Linden Homes. I stayed in mine for a long time. I now rent from an Estate even though I have a Linden Home if I want it. But if you don't want to spend money renting, the Linden Home is a great idea. 

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I can't imagine how that could be policed, but conferences held at my home have been all about creative collaboration or general operations details. I only discuss the commerce side in IM's or at the vendor. My workshop isn't a showroom; anything there is in prototype .

I isn't forbidden to plant a jevn server there, is it?

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I don't see how it's much different than inviting a friend over to you home and just so happen to discuss business too. I think it's a really fine line.

 

Businesses in the Linden Homes.. I always felt the rule was more so to prevent people from setting up stores and rentals, etc.

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Some of the Linden Home designs are looking pretty tired, as the rest of the grid has updated with more mesh content. I'm not sure how long we'll need to wait before they announce the H- minicontinent which appears to include some residential structures analogous to Linden Homes but much larger (and new).

Personally, I'd find little use for space with so many constraints, but evidently YMMV.

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Linden Homes were apparently introduced at the end of 2009 so yes they are definitely older and not mesh. 

This is the post I did on their introduction WAY back then LOL.  Blogs archives are a great fast way to look up really old stuff.   Doesn't SEEM like that long ago.

http://chicatphilsplace.blogspot.com/2009/12/androgyne.html

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Prodigal Maeterlinck wrote:

I hadn't thought much of the idea to hold out for better until now. But I'm curious what kind of plot you have that you're basing your comparison on. I'm not even certain what you mean by 'constraints', so I'm sure that your definition of mileage varies.

Although I do have "unconstrained" Mainland (about which more below), I was mostly referring to the builds discussed in another thread and elsewhere. On the other hand, whatever those builds turn out to be, I guess there's no disadvantage to camping out in a Linden Home (or renting, or whatever) while waiting to see what else is in store.

But indeed Linden Homes are exceptionally constrained. For one thing, in exchange for getting a structure that doesn't count against the Land Impact of the parcel, you're stuck with that structure for as long as you want to keep the parcel -- you don't get to replace it with your own choice of any house you find (or something more creative than a house, perhaps). You can't add another "skybox" level. You're extremely limited in what landscaping you can do outside the house, and you certainly can't terraform the parcel. And you're limited to a non-Adult maturity level.

In contrast, an ordinary Zindra parcel lets you do all that. It does require purchase of the land, however, and there's no guarantee about what the neighbour might do. For me, the flexibility is worth the cost and the risks, but for others the constraints of Linden Homes are benefits -- hence "YMMV".

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Many of those contraints appeal to me. WIthin a month of moving into my current parcel, the place had become an eyesore, littered with billboards and skyboxes and discos and casinos (that really dates me, doesn't it?) and camping chairs and horrendous home design choices. There was no sense of community; everyone who wasn't trying to lure people in were sealing them out.

To move into these Linden homes requires a commitment to the aesthetic, and I can be satisfied with the guarantee that In a month the view will be the same as the one I moved into. All I need is a stable structure with an ambiance I can sit with guests in, and a reasonable expectation of privacy without having the lock out the rest of the world. To have the prim overhead covered would be ideal for a workshop; I can design as many homes as I like, I just don't need to plant one there. The visual consistency also promotes a sense of neighborhood community, whether neighbors take advantage to communicate or not. There's no guarantee that the people around me would be the kind I would welcome as guests, but that's a risk you take anywhere you buy rather than rent.

I'd prefer an Adult home, but do you know of any with the benefits I've described? Is that something LL would ever offer to premier residents?

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