Post # 1
I need your advice cause y’all are awesome. FI and I are currenty looking at apt and have two 1 bedroom options
720 sq feet: this apt is nice but doesn’thave enough storage and closet space for both of us. Like literally our clothes will not fit in the closet. We do really like the layout and it has a kitchen island!
1022: this is a duplex and we are thinking it it wayyyy to big for us. it was one full bath and one half bath, PLENTY of closet and storage space. It is usually around $450 more than the 720sqft but they are having a special which makes it around 150 more than the smaller apt. It is huge and spacious and when we have fights I can just send FI downstairs, ha.
Caveats: we will only be living in this apt for 11 months and will have to move next year.
Do you guys think the extra 150 a month is worth the larger apt? That sums up to about 1500 over the course of the year. We are trying to decide if we should just go all out and live luxuriously this year, b/c next year we will likely move to a bigger city (Boston, NYC) where we will have to live in a show box. Or should we be cautious and save money cause ya just never know? we can afford the larger apt but it’s always good to save
Any thoughts would be appreciated!!
Post # 3
I chose bigger, but thinking about it, it might be better to live in the smaller place cuz then you won’t have amassed a whole lot of stuff you won’t be able to fit in a smaller place…
Post # 4
ALWAYS go for more space! I live in 1034 w/ hubby right now and it’s tight. Trust me…so nice to be able to spread out and go somewhere else (especially when he’s annoying)! I’ve lived in anything from rooms w/ people (sorority) to studios to one bedrooms of every size and shape. When I bought this place, I thought it was HUGE. Who would ever need more space? Well, LOL, I do! I can’t wait to have my own house with 3 bedrooms and a backyard…storage space…oh drool.
Post # 5
Definitely go with the extra space…
FI and I are sharing a 2 bedroom apartment and it is definitely not big enough for all of our stuff. The wedding stuff is piling up in the dining area and it looks a mess.
Post # 6
It’s less than a year, and you know you’re moving somewhere much more expensive later…I say save your money!
Post # 7
FI and I have lived in two different apartments. We initially tried to be cool and did the “loft” thing with open floor plan, etc. Not enough storage or privacy (plus the ridic heating/ac) and we moved within 5 months…into our slightly bigger, nicer, more storage apartment. I’d never go back.
That said, I would go with the bigger one. Storage is soooo important and if the cheaper one saves you only in cost, you may be having to buy things to be more creative with your storage that will lower the amount you save and whatnot. I just know I am a lot happier having a bigger place with plenty of storage. And yes, we found use for it ALL. ha. We were shocked. 🙂
Post # 8
Go with the bigger one. Seriously, when you guys get in a fight, one of you will end up leaving because dancing around each other to avoid fighting gets old and is virtually impossible. I always end up leaving to go to the gym or just drive around.
Post # 9
I live in DC with FI in a 680 sq foot 1BR. Trust me on thi: Get the bigger space. Our clothes literally does not fit in the closets, our bedroom is always a mess because there is just no room for the stuff. It causes a lot of stress. FI and I are both the type of people that need quiet alone time and neither of us can get it in this place. Don’t put your relationship under the stress unnecessarily. I love FI to death but it would be nice to get into my book without hearing the TV he’s watching and there really is no place to go to get away from each other. We’ve made the best of it but both look forward to moving out. We are house hunting now.
Post # 10
hubby & i live in a one bedroom apt. i don’t know the size of it but its in the smaller range with ONE closet and our clothes don’t all fit if we would hang them up so we have to fold them and stack them in the closet… we are looking for something else!!! hopefully we find something soon! 🙂 (so if i were you id go for the bigger)
Post # 11
I’d say go for the bigger place, especially since it has that extra half-bath!
Post # 12
Pretty much every NYC or big city bee will know that 720 is actually quite roomy and all you need. My husband and I have lived in 720 sq ft exactly for almost 3 years, and it’s been great! Do you know what not paying for more square footage let us do? Save up for a 6 month trip in Asia. Think about what that extra cash will get you!
Post # 13
Normally I would say take the extra space, BUT – as you said, you are moving next year and with a wedding, that $1500 could be helpful and then you can move to a bigger place. However, if the $1500 isn’t a make or break issue, go with more space. You will easily find ways to fill it.
Post # 14
I say save your money. If you were looking at a future in this place I would say go bigger in a heart beat. But being that its only temporary and that you will have to downsize even further in a year, I honestly wouldn’t want to get too comfortable and be in for a major shock when you do move. A smaller place will make you evaluate the stuff you do have and teach you organizational skills.
Post # 15
Smaller and save the money. I used to have a condo that was 850 sqft and though FI never lived there he visited often and if it had been closer to where our new home is now, we would have put off buying a little longer. It’s definitely doable! And the extra money will come in handy if you do move to a bigger city.
Post # 16
It’s absolutely worth the $150. We wouldn’t even question it. Our condo is 1100ish sq. feet and I don’t think we could manage in anything smaller. We have a spacious 2 bed/2 full bath so that 1 bedroom must be pretty big!