Post # 1
The thread on commute times made me wonder about this. I love my commute. I walk exactly one mile, 18 minutes to work every day. But I also live in a very expensive area, and we have a much smaller apartment (~700 sq ft) than we could afford elsewhere. For me, it’s no contest – having a long commute would drastically reduce my quality of life.
But I know others feel differently, so I thought I’d ask. I also know that things change when you have kids, so I’m including that option too!
Post # 3
my kingdom for a shorter commute. I would take that over a bigger house any day
(we’re currently house hunting. Why not do everything at once??)
Post # 4
I rather have a short commute with a small apartment than a long commute with large living space. Not to mention, I’m not planning on buying a house any time in the next decade.
Post # 5
I’d rather commute and be in a house that I love vs. have a short commute and a house that I don’t really like.
Post # 6
House is TOP priority for me. I have always lived somewhere far from where I work/go to school though… A regular commute for me is 1hr each way. I draw the line at 1 1/2 hours each way.
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
What’s the point of a beautiful house if you don’t get to spend any time in it!
Post # 8
Smaller house/shorter commute for sure.
More time commuting = less time enjoying my bigger home so it really doesn’t seem all that logical to take the bigger house/longer commute option.
Post # 9
I commute 90 min+ each day and it suuuuuucks. I would happily downsize to cut it down (and we’re planning to).
Post # 10
I’d rather live where I want to spend my time.
Jobs are, unfortunately, not permanent. I’d hate to buy a house based primarily on distance to work. IMO commute should be considered but wouldn’t be a deal breaker for me.
Post # 11
It would depend on just how long the commute was. I don’t want to give up my life to driving to and from work but I wouldn’t want to be cramped into a tiny place either. I couldn’t vote because it would really depend on the specifics for me.
Post # 12
That’s a tough one. Our house isn’t huge by any stretch of the imagination, it’s only 1,400 square feet. But we have a large yard we love. My commute when I bought the place was less than ten minutes; now it’s around 45 minutes because I got a better job. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere smaller than where we live now but it would be nice to be closer to work. I just really want to work from home, lol.
Post # 13
I think it would have to depend on the length of the commute. I wouldn’t do anything more than 30 minutes each way. I used to for only 6 weeks and I was miserable.
Post # 14
Location is my top priority. You can change the house, but you can’t change the location!
Post # 15
We bought a house 45 minutes from DH’s work just so we could get more house for our money. So for us, bigger house, longer commute. He carpools with a friend, so it’s not so bad he says.
Post # 16
@peanuthead: good point. I’d go with house.