I mention the PBS series, but this isn't a TV discussion. Want to know about living in the New England area. I watch This Old House with some morbid curiosity. I saw an episode where the crew wanted to buy a house to restore. a 900 sq. ft. house on just about 1 acre was $500k. Then the more i watch, the more i realized how hard it must be to live in New England if you work at McDonald's or the mall. To build doghouse in New England can't be done for less than $75,000. it isn't the price of land, it is the permits, licenses, regulations, ordinances, EPA/Eco fees Structural codes, inspections and inspectors and somewhere down the line, Prognosticators... I know I am using a bit much of the Hyperbole, but it is the impression i get from just watching a house get built. so is it really that expensive to live in New England or is it the show? I know the cost of living varies across the country, just curious about how i am perceiving something through the narrow window of a PBS program.