Post # 46
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
We live in a “family home”. 3 bedrooms, 2 three-quarter and 1 half bath, 1600 sf plus a half finished 500 sf basement. This house works well for us because I work from home, so 1 bedroom is my office. Darling Husband works nights, so the unfinished portion of the basement is his “lair” where he can play video games on his computer and yell without waking me up. We have already had 2 sets of guests use our 3rd (guest) bedroom since we moved in 7 months ago.
The thing that seems the most excessive about our house is that it has a main floor living room and the basement media room. For a family, that is perfect, but for just the two of us, it seems silly. I do like to have the living room TV on while I’m cooking dinner, though. and I use our main floor (half bath) bathroom all the time, since I spend a lot of time on the main floor in the kitchen cooking and cleaning. If Darling Husband didn’t have a weird schedule, we would probably prefer a similar sized house without the basement.
It really depends on your needs. We couldn’t do a condo/townhome because we have a large dog who needs a yard. We also bought this house plannign to live here for 4-5 years, but we are probably going to move ASAP.
FWIW, 3+ bed, 2+ bath homes have better resale because most buyers are families.
ETA: Our last house (which was our first house) was 2 bed, 1 and 3/4 baths, 1600 square feet. That was perfect. We really miss that house, it had so much land! But DH’s job moved, and I’m happier being in the city.
Post # 47
- Wedding: July 2016 - Backyard
Thanks for all the replies. I guess we are all over the map with square footage, # of bedrooms/bathrooms, etc.
I guess I naturally guessed most of us would live in smaller condos, townhomes, or apartments. But some people have hobbies that take up space, work from home, love lot space, have pets, have lots of guests/entertain, or crave a big yard.
This has been very informative and fun to read! 🙂
Post # 48
mrswhitecat: I wish half baths were always just turned into extra closet space haha!!
Post # 49
We own a Cape Cod-style house with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and 2237 sq. ft. (including the partially finished basement) on a lot that’s between a quarter and a third of an acre. It has a two-car garage, shed dormer, and bonus room that we use as a study, but can also be used as a fourth bedroom if needed.
For the two of us, it’s more than enough space – and *if* we decide to have a child (we’re undecided), it’s still plenty of space.
Post # 50
we live in a 2 br 1 bathroom rented condo next to downtown seattle. we walk to just about everything — jobs, grocery, a million bars and restaurants.
we’ve majorly lucked out in that our condo owner has not raised our rent in many years, so what we pay is kind of ridiculous. our rent would typically get you a crappy 1 bedroom in our city. but instead what we get is washer/dryer/dishwasher, indoor pool, hot tub, underground parking, free cable, wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling windows, two balconies, great views, and solid concrete between us and our neighbors.
we love our apartment but we do want to buy a small house soon-ish. I want a yard and workshop really bad. the problem is you have to be basically rich if you want to get someting decent within the city limits (or willing to get a fixer in a blah part of town). so we’re procrastinating.
Post # 51
That would be amazing. I mean, it’s nice not to go upstairs or downstairs if I have to use the bathroom and I’m on the main floor but the .5 bath seems like a waste. I try to use it more often-just used it today!
I don’t know how many sq ft my basement adds but it’s not very large. It’s a comfy space with pot lights, a laundry room and a bathroom with a stand up shower.
Post # 52
I feel your pain. Our townhouse would have easily cost over 600K in Toronto where we lived before.
Your condo sounds amazing. Good thing your rent is low because then you can save for the house you want. Are you open to leaving the area for affordable prices?
Post # 53
A home that’s pretty big since it’s just the two of us lol. Our home is a single family home that has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and is about 3500 square feet. I would have been fine with a smaller home, but this is the one Darling Husband loved and frankly, I was just happy that he was happy (He was much pickier than me during the house hunting process).
Post # 54
We rent an older townhouse. Including the garage and laundry room, it’s about 1400 sq. ft. It has 2 bedrooms and 1 1/2 bath. It’s just the right size for us!
Post # 55
My husband and I currently live in a brand new 1 bed/1 bath apartment that is approximately 760 square feet. It’s big enough for just two people with no pets, but it sucks when it comes to entertaining or hosting guests. And I’d rather have a more permanent place (a townhouse, house) before getting a dog, so that he’d have more space to run and place. But, I’m a major commitment phobe, so buying a house is a major step for me. Plus, I grew up constantly moving, so I’m not use to that kind of permanency. LOL
But, we’d eventually like to settle down and have a home someday (when our location isn’t in such a seller’s market). We see the value in owning vs renting. However, we need to save a lot before that happens, so that’s several years down the line at the soonest. If and when we do get a place, it’ll probably be about 3 bedrooms and two baths, if possible. We want space for family/friends to stay, plus another room for whatever. He’d love a man cave, so maybe the basement will be his domain. 😛
Post # 56
We live in a 2500sqft, 3 bed, 2.5 bath, plus office & bonus room, single family home. When we bought we planned for kids. Since then we’ve gotten married and lived here almost 8 years. I always assumed we’d have kids and up until a few months ago was gung-ho for it. Now I’m fence-sitting, which is a shocker even to me.
For now it’s plenty of room. I work from home, and we have a lot of guests. If I ever come off the fence and we decide to have kids we’d be fine for a while but would likely go bigger just because we like to have designated spaces for guests.