Friend: How's the house-hunt going?
Me: It's tough, we're deciding between old houses and new ones.
Friend: Don't do old! Old houses are rough.
Me: Are they? Some say they're more sturdy, others say they have more issues.
Friend: No trust me, old houses are a hassle. We live in an old house and its not easy.
Me: Oh yeah? When was your house built? We're torn about a cute 1920's bungalow we saw.
Me: You mean, the house was renovated in 2006? How'd you deal with lead paint issues? Asbestos?
Friend: No, I mean, they started building the subdivision in 2006.
The spring chicken houses we're looking are 90's build. Anything earlier and we're staring down dirt basements and renovated attic master suites you must be comfortably under 5 feet tall to tromp about in Age, as it turns out, is apparently in the eye of the beholder.