Homes of the CFBC

posted 5 months ago in No Kids
Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

wildflowerz :  

We have about 2300 sf, two stories; 4 bedrooms, 4 baths (I love that).  What the former owners used as a large media room has been converted to a really nice meditation room for me. And, it doubles as my office; my big, beautiful dream desk is in there.

We have a deck, another thing I totally love and a good size fenced yard for the puppers. But, the yard is sharply sloped. A problem for the hoomans, not for my gazelle/mountain goat hybrid.

We are in the burbs, about seven minutes from everything, another love. The neighborhood is quite nice.

Things to hate on: somehow I missed this—no effin linen closet!!! WTAF? Who builds a (newer) house without a damned linen closet?

A lack of storage in general.  My closet is walk in, but much too small.

Master bath is tiny.  I did not get my spa bathroom. Upside:  there is another full bath close enough to the MBr for Dh to have his own private bath.

Layout is open concept.  The living area has stupid pillars I could easily live without.

Coming from SoCal where everything is stuccoed, it’s really kinda fun to be in a Colonial with siding.

Oh, and a very nicely finished walkout basement with half bath that flows seamlessly with the rest of the house.  Love that. Basements are something else you don’t see in SoCal.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

My house is 1500 sqft above grade over 2 floors, 3 bedrooms and 3 bath. Unfinished basement (so around another 750 sqft, it’s our gym area). Open concept and nice upgrades throughout . Honestly it’s too big for us. It’s a pretty average sized home for the area (aka $$$$) and we built it with resale in mind. 3 bedrooms are the most popular and the layout really makes sense. I use one bedroom as my closet, my husband has the master walk in closet. The other room is set up as our guest suite. We like having the yard space for our pups, but honestly we could probably buy a home half the size and be happy. We literally only use the kitchen and living room (never use the dining area), could pare down our shit to the 1 bedroom. Maybe 2 bathrooms. A condo would be ideal but we don’t want to pay the fees and have no yard. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Downtown loft apartment. About 1000sqft. Two bed two bath, open concept kitchen / dining / den. Walking distance to clubs / bars / restaurants / parks and all the fun. The building is an old transformed steel mil with a court yard, basketball field, gardens, pool (indoor/outdoor) sun deck, bbq, lounge room, party room, tv room, fully equipped gym, free coffee and so on. The size of the apartment is perfect. It only misses a storage unit (for stuff like Christmas tree/decorations, snowboards, surfboards etc) but we own a huge enclosed trailer we park at my husband’s work and use as storage. 

I wouldn’t change anything about it. I love it. There’s always someone hanging out by the rooftop pool to socialize with.

I don’t like big empty houses and spaces and it leads to accumulating and hording things. And mainly we just don’t need so much space. First we wanted a one bedroom but then decided for two. In case a drunken friend needs a place to stay the night … 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

2000sqft, 2-story, 3 bedroom 2 1/2 baths, master has 5 piece en suite, LARGE bonus room, and downstairs den.  

Our home feels large for our area, we are not originally from this area so were pretty set on having a lot of living space.  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

1600 sq ft townhouse within walking distance to downtown and short drive to the beaches.  3 floors.  Mudroom, with walk in closet and garage (which we’re turning into a bar/entertaining space) on the ground floor.  Main floor is bathroom and then open concept (living room, kitchen, dining room) Upper floor is another bathroom,  laundry room, bedroom and spare room.  This suits us for right now.  We’ve lived in bigger places and a lot smaller.  We both love the area but there may be a time where the novelty of living downtown will wear off and we’ll want something quieter.  

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

We have a two bed Victorian flat with a decent sized garden in a capital city. We completely renovated our place so it’s perfect and exactly what we want. We have a cute high street with lots of wine bars and coffee shops probably a 3 minute walk away and we get lots of use out of it. 

We have extra space for guests and a big garden in the city so we have everything we need.

In an idea world we might have two spare bedrooms which could be used for family visiting as neither family live in our city but it isn’t important enough to justify moving for the next few years at least. 

We don’t like stuff or clutter so having a million unused bedrooms with en-suites doesn’t really appeal to us. We prefer being a short tube ride from work, a short walk to the station and to be in a cute village style area within the city. 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

wildflowerz :  

Sure.  Bedroom 4 is technically the media room, but it can be counted as a bedroom as it has a closet and the windows are sufficiently large. That has been converted to my office/meditation room; it’s quite spacious. My dream was to have a big, solid, stately, wooden desk.  Finally, I have it!  My beauty took a couple of scratches on the way up the stairs, but it was a miracle that the store guys were able to get it done.  Our staircase has a sharp turn.  They measured it first; it was a precise fit. 

Talk about a nail biter. I couldn’t bear to watch. There was a distinct possibility that I would have either no desk or a hole in the wall.  Hey, holes can be patched.  I want my desk!

I had to sign an additional waiver.

Somehow, two guys made it happen.  I gave them cookies and money.  I’m pretty sure some kind of dematerialization and rematerialization of molecules was involved.

We have to remain here for life.

Back to your actual question.  The other BR is set up as a guest room. It’s very close to the second upstairs bathroom, which is nice. We commandeered the closest for linen storage and dh’s clothes.

The other BR, which is the smallest, is dh’s office/clutter collecting facility. We have an agreement.  Since I am severely clutter phobic and Dh is clutter blind, he has a dedicated clutter space.  It’s his for paper strewing, on condition that he keep the door shut. It works pretty well.  I just stay the eff out of there.  If I have to go in, I jump back out as fast as I can.  It’s a reflex.  I am just repelled by clutter.

It should be noted that Dh never has food trash or anything truly disgusting in there. He also stashes some clothes in the office closet.

Thus, each BR is put to very good use for us; something we could not do with kids.  And they require a lot of gear.  I would be in a chronic state of clutter phobic reaction.

Nope, the basement can’t be counted as square footage; only above ground space is considered legal living space. We love the walkout, though.  It has double French doors straight into the yard, which is so great.  It was a big selling point for us.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

MiaSuperstar :  

Ooooh, If I we’re single and not so completely devoted to German Shepherds, I would so be there!  I just love a downtown apartment. And a loft, OMG.

Our downtown is surprisingly cosmopolitan for the size and nature of the city.  I do ogle the downtown apartments.

How high up are you?  What kind, if any, of a view do you have?

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I live in a one bedroom flat in a big city. It’s green, quiet but still close to the city, with cute local shops and restaurants. All I really want is another bedroom (for guests) and maybe a bit of outside space (a balcony would be enough). 

We don’t really want anything much larger because a) money and b) we’d just accumulate more stuff and would have to do more cleaning. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

sassy411 :  we are on the top floor (6) (of our part of the building – the roof top and a handful of apartments are on the 9th floor) we have a balcony and we overlook the river and the park. We can see the illuminated fountain and all the fireworks (4th of July/ New Years and such) right from our window. But it’s more fun to be in the roof top to watch and celebrate with people. On he other side of the river is a concert cove and we can hear the music perfectly from the roof top. So there’s the option for free concerts while hanging out in the pool.

I have a dog too and it’s a great area for her. There’s green everywhere and a beautiful park and long river walk. I have to admit that I ignore the rules and have my dog of the leash all the time; well, as long it’s possible and there aren’t to many people and other dogs around which only happens like 3 times a year (when it start getting warm for the first time people come out – then they stop again and sit at home. After all this is the Midwest)

I don’t really like the area we live in right now and I am counting days till we move south and to the beach but the kind of place we live in makes it bearable for sure. And it was so easy to meet new people right away. I am not a house person. I like the comfort and security of an apartment. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

We live in a 700 sq ft 2 bed/2 bath open concept condo in a big city.  We have a decent sized back deck and parking.  I’ve owned it for 10 years and my fiancé moved in with me about a year ago.

I wish it was a little bit bigger, but besides that it has every thing we need.

We also have a 1000 sq ft cabin on 10 acres about 85 miles away where we spend most weekends.  We are currently renovating the kitchen and bathroom and I am very excited to get that finished as it’s like living in construction zone.  Besides that it’s a lovely place.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016 - Backyard

SQ Footage: 1305 sq ft. 

Addional space like basement or 3 season room: There is a bonus area for an office. 

Bedrooms: 3 small bedrooms. 

Bathrooms: One. Will will build a bathroom addition with a walk in closet much later. 

Layout type (open concept or formal living, dining, etc. rooms): Open concept mostly. No dining room. Those seem old fashioned and under used. 

What is one or a few things you love about your home & what are one or a few things that bother you about your home? The size is perfect (minus the need for a bathroom addition). We use all the spaces every single day. We didn’t want a wasted “guest bedroom.” We live within walking distance of everything from restaurants to grocery stores to shops. Highway is two minutes away. Area is hip and quiet and safe.  We are remodeling the entire home over the next ten years. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2019 - City, State

I don’t know the square footage as they don’t tend to put it on listings in the UK, but we have a 4 bed, 2 and a half bath place. Decking, 2 ponds, great views over a valley.

I use the smallest bedroom as a large walk in wardrobe and we have a double office in another bedroom. Master is the second biggest bedroom as it has the en-suite and the biggest bedroom is the guest room/library. Open plan kitchen/dining room, but separate living room. 

Also our house is upside down layout (bedrooms on ground floor, downstairs to the living areas as it is set into a hill) and the garden is 4 tiers. Certainly not something you could have with kids. I worry about drunk adults falling in the ponds though! 

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