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less than 500 sf 3 1.26%
500 to 749 sf 2 0.84%
750 to 999 sf 6 2.51%
1000 to 1499 sf 53 22.18%
1500 to 1999 sf 61 25.52%
2000 to 2499 sf 39 16.32%
2500 to 2999 sf 32 13.39%
3000 to 3999 sf 30 12.55%
4000+ sf 13 5.44%
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:00 PM   #61
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2,500 SF now, but will downsize to between 1,500 and 1,900 when DW retires. We have been lookng at new homes and it is really annoying that the smaller the home, the crummier they build them. I wish builders would wake up and build a luxorious smaller single family home (not just condo's or townhome's). With all of the empty nesters and retiring boomers, it shouildn't be too hard to figure that out.

Actually I did see a neighborhood where the builder did that.... but the cost of the home was just way to expensive.. people could buy almost the same quality but a lot larger house nearby for the same price...

IMO, without being a 'retirement community' it is not a good business decision to build small expensive houses...
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:05 PM   #62
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Actually I did see a neighborhood where the builder did that.... but the cost of the home was just way to expensive.. people could buy almost the same quality but a lot larger house nearby for the same price...

IMO, without being a 'retirement community' it is not a good business decision to build small expensive houses...
The issue then was not that the homes were smaller, but rather that the icremental quality was not there. "Almost the same quality" won't cut it. You need to have features, amenities and quality that stands out to justify the higher price.
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1820 square feet plus two car garage for two people and one cat. I would like to take three rooms we don't use and place them elsewhere. Two rooms could make the garage a four car garage/workshop and the third room could be a huge closet.
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... but the back wall is a Roman wall, exposed beams and a rather nice view of a castle from upstairs sitting room.
Color me green with envy.
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Old 09-20-2011, 04:25 PM   #65
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... and the third room could be a huge closet.
It could anyway. Just buy some racks like clothings stores use, or the ones that get pushed down the street on rollers. You can have as many as you want, and it would be quite handy.

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About 3,800 finished - but we won't retire for another 5 years and have 2 kids (and 3 animals) at home.

We are actually debating moving sooner than later to a smaller lake home that would be our retirement place and then getting a small townhouse in the Twin Cities that my wife would live out of during the week close to her work. We could probably sell this place and buy both of those 2 with the proceeds since townhouses are so cheap right now. Then we rent that place out when she's ready to retire since we already have 4 other townhouse rentals.
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2,720 sq ft home with 5 bdrms, 3.5 baths, and 3 car garage. OK when the kids were growing up, but now they've gone, just too big for the two of us.

Looking forward to downsizing, probably early to middle next year, to a 3 bed/2 ba/2 car garage home, of not more than 1,800 sq ft.

And I will certainly not miss the high property taxes, high insurance, and high heat/electric bills.
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:39 PM   #68
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Looks like we match the chart pretty nicely.
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It could anyway. Just buy some racks like clothings stores use, or the ones that get pushed down the street on rollers. You can have as many as you want, and it would be quite handy.

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Hmmm...I could pretty much fit all of the clothes I wear regularly in a medium sized cardboard box. My wife on the other hand....
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:35 PM   #70
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We have a 3600 sqft, 2 storey, 4Bd, 3 Ba, a large bonus room, front & back porches, a balcony, 3 car Garage, large pool with a oversized deck & lots of landscaping on 3/4th acre for two of us. It was fine when daughter & son were still here, but now it is a ..........

Now that our son (just) left for college, we do want to downsize to a 3/2/2 car garage, around 2000 sqft 1 level house. The depressed RE conditions in Central Florida - are coming in the way of our downsizing plans, homes in our neighborhood are selling for 50 to 60 cents on a dollar. We are thinking of putting our house for sale after 2 yrs from now, hoping things may improve some by then.

Realtors suggest, not to sell if we do not have to. Well it is a paid for house, so we do not have to sell but the upkeep (in both the cost & effort) of this elephant of an house for just two of us is a unnecessary waste of resources.

So, that is our story, sorry for a long post.

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Mine is 1800 sq. feet; I designed it myself and had it built in 2004, on 10 acres. Very open floorplan. I had it built with lots of windows so there isnt anywhere on my property that I cant see from one of my windows. Ill never have larger, but I could have smaller if a very open floorplan. Just me and 3 puppies. I dont know how long Ill stay here, but for now no plans on leaving. If I ever decide to downsize on acreage, I could see me moving to western NC to a nice log cabin, 1200 square feet or so. Plenty of room for me and pups.
Sounds great and I envy the 10 acres. Golf buddy just built a nice place in Cashiers, NC on a golf course. Beautiful country up there. Time has passed me by for any kind of move like that. We've got to stick around family.
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Interesting thread. Earlier in the year we sold our 4500 SF house (which also had an about 700 SF guest house and two double garages). When we bought it we had 6 people living in the house. Now we are down to 4.

We are building a new house on an acre and worked a lot on size. We kept wanting to build something about 2200 SF but it kept working out to more as we did each room. We are close to finalizing the plans and it will be 2600 SF. There are 3 bedrooms plus a study that DH and I will now share. Later, when kids are gone one of the bedrooms will be his study (we each use our computers a lot of the time each day) and the other will be a guest room. Having spent a lot of time on the plans, I know that there is no wasted space in it at all.
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Home is 1650sf "ranch", with 3/2/2 arrangement. Plenty of room for me; one bedroom for "guests", used maybe once per year, and one BR is my music room. Should convert the dining room to a home gym, since I rarely use it for eating.
What's wrong with you? You can't use a dining room for a home gym. Everyone knows that's where you put the pool table.
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What's wrong with you? You can't use a dining room for a home gym. Everyone knows that's where you put the pool table.
Silly! Everybody knows that the pool table goes right in the middle of the great room. At least that's where F. had his. Now that he no longer has it, his great room is a giant ham shack. We really DO enjoy having our own separate places....
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1800 sq ft w pool table in "formal" lounge. We were kinda short a bedroom for a couple of years but just sent the second of three off to college so we now have a spare room dumping ground.

Looking to sideways size into cheaper location with more land for RV as soon as youngest leaves the nest.
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1,350 sq ft apartment with a maid's room which has been converted to storage and where I also place my wine fridge. Great views from 2 balconies and a fantastic club house. It's my dream retirement home - I just hope that the building is maintained well - so far building management and security is top notch.
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2/2 1100sf condo. Would prefer the bed rooms to be just a tad larger, but otherwise, it's near perfect - especially the view of the Pacific. I'd gladly live in half the space to be here in Paradise rather than back in the (soon to be) snowy/cold midwest. YMMV.
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2/2 1100sf condo. Would prefer the bed rooms to be just a tad larger, but otherwise, it's near perfect - especially the view of the Pacific. I'd gladly live in half the space to be here in Paradise rather than back in the (soon to be) snowy/cold midwest. YMMV.
Ditto on the bedrooms and also the seaview though I get the South China Sea.
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Silly! Everybody knows that the pool table goes right in the middle of the great room. At least that's where F. had his. Now that he no longer has it, his great room is a giant ham shack. We really DO enjoy having our own separate places....
So really - how big a home would you/he desire if you lived together?
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2700 sf, 4 bed/4 bath with dining, bonus. But we bought it because I thought we needed a ground floor guest room for aged parents to visit and possibly stay in permanently or temporarily. This has not happened.
The retirement condo is a hair over 900 sf, 2 bed/2 bath.
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