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Old 01-22-2013, 02:34 PM   #41
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My main home is 2,700 sq.ft, and has 5 bedrooms plus a study, which means that the small bedrooms are not roomy, and the bathrooms are not big and luxurious as other homes of the same size. It's where we raised our children, which are now grown. It has more rooms than what we use right now, and a couple of rooms have been used to store junk treasure.

My other home in the forested boonies is 1,800 sq.ft., but with perhaps 1,200 sq.ft of total deck, overlooking a hill side. Initially thought it was small, but after living there for a while, realized that we actively used only 1/2 of the space. Of course, we spent more time on the deck or working the large lot and not cooped up inside. Though smaller than the 1st, it's better built and of the same market value.

The two houses complement each other, as they are opposite; urban vs. rural, low vs. high elevation, hot vs. cold climate.

I am happy with both, and have no plan to sell or move, although that's more house than we currently need, considering my plan to do a lot of traveling including RV'ing in the next few years. I am sure that eventually we will settle down from traveling, and will appreciate the 2-house arrangement even more, particularly that they are only a 2-1/2 hr drive apart.

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Old 01-26-2013, 03:38 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by haha View Post
A youngish couple who are my friends and who plan ER have always lived in one bedroom apartments, even though they are quite well off and could afford much more.

Neither of them is into remodeling or space requiring hobbies, and even less into ostentatious housing. So when they quit moving around for his work, they plan to live in a 2 bedroom condo in a very nice part of town.

So I don't think there is an ideal size retirement home. It depends on so many factors, maybe most of all the people who will live there, their relationships, tolerances and tastes.

I like this, and it sounds very much like what DW and I will do in RE. In fact, we're currently living in a 2BR/2BA flat in a medium sized downtown, and we love it; plenty of space for us. We've moved a lot for work (in our ~15th place since college), and have upsized and downsized several times; largest was 5,000SF 4BR/3BA/2GRG house, smallest was 900SF 1BR/1BA condo. We've learned several things from the moves:
  • Being located close (walking distance) to things is important
  • Being in the desired environment (beach for us) is important
  • We don't need a lot of the 'stuff' we've accumulated
  • We only use about 1500-2000SF of space, even when we have lots more
  • What's outside our home is as important as what's in it

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