Post # 17
Personally, I think the room is what you make of it. My Fiance and I have lived together for the past 2.5 years and its only been in a one bedroom apartment, with two dogs, and we are comfortable. We will eventually upgrade when we have kids, but neither one of us are pack rats and the furniture fits nicely. As long as you have a place for everything and are not into acquiring a lot of stuff, people can live happily in a one bedroom apartment. We’ve never fought over space or felt “too close for comfort.”
Post # 18
Do you have guests over to stay quite often, and need an extra bed for them to sleep? If not, I’d say get the 1-bedroom, and put that extra $200/month in an emergency fund or down payment account, to build up and grow for your future together. My husband and I lived happily in a 1-bedroom much smaller than that, without stepping on each other’s toes. If you ever need space from one another, can’t one of you just go hang out in the bedroom? 🙂
Post # 19
Me and Fiance have lived in 420 square feet for the last three years! With two cats. (Yay for NYC real estate)
I’m not sure what the total square footage on that is, but that looks pretty big to me!
Post # 20
I couldn’t do it. I hate our condo that’ s two bedrooms, two baths and a small study left, but’s it probably because we had never lived together before. I moved into his place, from my own two bedroom two bath. I loved alone for nine years
Post # 21
Fiance moved in with me and the reason we chose my apartment was because it has 2 bathrooms. That is absolutely key to having your own space and privacy. Yes, 2 bedrooms is convenient especially if you have frequent visitors, but two bathrooms goes so much further for your day-to-day activities. Overall we live in a large 1 bedroom, probably around 800/900 square feet. Yes, it’s nice if you can fill it with furniture, but all you really need is a TV, couch coffee table and bed. The dining room furniture and extra chairs can trickle in as you save some money.
Post # 22
If you can afford the 2 br I would get it. Our first apt was so small. It had a decent sized br/ba but everything else was open. We had 1 long skinny room that was our living room, dining room, computer room, kitchen. It was really hard on us because we had so much crap that we would fight about where things were put away, never having privacy etc. Before we moved into our house we did massive cleaning and got rid of a ton of junk we didn’t need. Now that we have the room we don’t have the junk and it’s wonderful.
Post # 23
Go for the two bedroom! Its great when you have guests, or you can use it for an office. Right now I live in a 900 square foot 2 bedroom which is actually quite roomy. But we ARE the pack rat types, which I hate (FI is worse than me, he won’t throw anything out!). We plan on getting another two bedroom place, but I am doing a huge cleanout before I move.
Part of our problem is that our storage locker got broken into, so now we keep the bikes upstairs, which takes up a lot of our storage space in the apt itself. But I don’t want anyone stealing my bike!
Post # 24
@Valhalla: Have you tried hanging the bikes on the wall? That’s what Fiance does with his and it saves a ton of space!