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Home size - 100 sq.ft - 999 sq.ft 23 8.39%
Home size - 1,000 sq.ft. - 1,799 sq.ft. 96 35.04%
Home size - 1,800 sq.ft. - 2,499 sq.ft. 76 27.74%
Home size - 2,500 sq.ft. - 3,499 sq.ft. 46 16.79%
Home Size - 3,500 sq.ft. - 5,000 sq.ft or more 33 12.04%
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Old 12-04-2015, 03:51 PM   #61
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We are in a 5500+ home. We have been looking for a good quality smaller home, in a decent/great/safe neighborhood. The problem is great neighborhood / locations usually means large houses at least in Houston. We are not willing to move to non acceptable / unsafe area just for a smaller home.
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We are in a 5500+ home. We have been looking for a good quality smaller home, in a decent/great/safe neighborhood. The problem is great neighborhood / locations usually means large houses at least in Houston. We are not willing to move to non acceptable / unsafe area just for a smaller home.
have you looked at houses in 77018? that's where I used to live
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Old 12-04-2015, 05:12 PM   #63
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My ideal retirement house is 1200-1500 sq ft with a 3000 sq ft garage.
Now that's a good thought - a garage larger than the house. Not for extra cars, but rather recreational equipment, e.g. bikes, kayaks, ski gear, camping gear, .....
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Old 12-04-2015, 05:14 PM   #64
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We've lived in a 2500 sq ft home for 25 years and don't plan to move. It's a little larger than we need, but we regularly have visits from my daughter's family. They have 5 of our grandchildren and so we need the room. Plus we like our neighborhood.


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Old 12-04-2015, 05:22 PM   #65
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Dream house 3000 sq ft, been there 20+ years. Lake house 1040 sq ft. One too big the other too small. Looks like we'll keep both. We should have bigger problems.
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Old 12-04-2015, 05:47 PM   #66
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I'm in a house that's 5860sq ft which is about 3000 too big. But I am on 5 wonderful acres.
Next move will be way smaller, on more land.


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Old 12-04-2015, 06:24 PM   #67
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2700 sq.ft. and 1800 sq.ft. The one at 7000-ft elevation keeps us happy in the summer, while the other keeps us happy in the winter. The former one is at 19F now. Brrrr...

About 2 months of the year, we are also happy in 200-sq.ft. ( 25'x8' motorhome).
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I have a similar situation and was going to do a weighted average, but before going too far down that road I thankfully remembered my sig line...
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For me, the occupancy-weighted average is

(2700 sqft x 8 months + 1800 sqft x 2 months + 200 sqft x 2 months) / 12 months = 2133 sqft.

The above would be not too far off the middle of the bell curve.
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We downsized from 2 1800 sq ft homes to one 1400 sq ft home in an over 55 community
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Old 12-04-2015, 07:05 PM   #69
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Boy, we really went the opposite of downsizing. After retirement at 56 we bought 2 more vacation type homes. This more than doubled our square footage. The rest of you are way more rational, no doubt. I can see us reversing some of this over the next 10 years.
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Difficult question to answer. We (wife and Myself) live in a 1700 SqF house, but there is a 600 SqF guesthouse on the property where my son, a Disabled Veteran lives and then there are various buildings for farm equipment and horse barns and hay barns and such on the 7 acre property so I don't quite know how to calculate the answer...
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We've got two homes. The northern one is 4400 sf. It's way too big and we'd love to downsize, but we're on a pond and overlooking a bay, and the view is unbelievable. We've never found anything to match it. It's near a major beach resort, but out of the way and mostly rural and agricultural around us. We'll probably downsize there someday, maybe move closer to DD and her kids (and her husband, too, I guess). But it would be hard to walk away from the location. Also, the value is down significantly from when we built in 2008, so it's hard to sell and lock in the loss.

Other home (primary residence, for tax purposes) in FL is 1200 sf. Big difference, both in size and location. It's in a funky sort of neighborhood near a busy road, surrounded by businesses and trailer parks. But we've turned the back yard into an oasis (we're big on landscaping and gardening), and we really enjoy the simplicity of the house. We're a couple of miles from the beach, and about a quarter mile from a river. And it's warm all winter long.
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We have lived in this 2400 sq ft home about 17 years. Now that it is just the two of us, we are looking to downsize to about 1200 sq ft.

We are interested in buying a house in a "village neighborhood" and could purchase one of the smaller houses for about the same amount we think our current home would sell for. Very doubtful it would be the same quality.

At this stage of our lives, we might be willing to trade quality for that walk score thing. But, then there is the HOA fee which we do not have here.

We are not making any moves this month or next; i hope we reach a decision soon.
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Old 12-04-2015, 08:34 PM   #73
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We plan on staying in our current house, about 2,100 sq. ft. but would like to make a change in the near future to a one story house no smaller than about 2,000 sq. st. I know that some day I will not feel like climbing the stairs. I can run upstairs now but who knows what I'll be like in twenty years.
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House is 1600 sq ft with a full basement. Been here 28 years and have no thought of moving.
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Old 12-05-2015, 12:34 AM   #75
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Downsized from 950 sq ft condo in Manhattan plus a 2000 sq ft weekend house in PA to 1596 sq ft house in Austin TX when DH retired.

Now that I am retiring we are moving to a 800 sq ft 1 BR condo in Puerto Vallarta and once our Austin house sells to a 900+ sq ft condo or coop in an over-55 community.


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Recently switched from about 3,500 sf in a three-level house to about 3,000 in a two-level condo. We make much more effective use of the space here, and are much happier. Next move will be with a toe tag attached, so this is definitely the retirement home.
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We have one at 2000 sq.ft. and another at 1750 sq.ft. and I would say that 1900 sq.ft. would be perfect for each. We also have housekeepers year round in both. This makes it easy for us to transition between them. 6 months down south and 5 months up north and one month in Europe or travelling.
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We have 3600 sq.ft. When we moved here 2 years ago, we upsized. Prior to that we had 2500 sq ft'. Our children and grandchildren are all here in the same town and they ALL spend a lot of time at our house. I am not regretting the extra room at all.
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We will be renting for a long time. What we really want is a house with about 2000 sqft but that has the amenities of a 3500 sqft house. Granite, large moldings, hard wood floors ect. Apparently they dont exist
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We will be renting for a long time. What we really want is a house with about 2000 sqft but that has the amenities of a 3500 sqft house. Granite, large moldings, hard wood floors ect. Apparently they dont exist
Believe me, I understand. I don't know why that is the case, but often it is.

Sounds like you will need to renovate your next house. Good luck to you in your search.
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