(Closed) How long could you live in a 2 brdm place

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would say until you have a third child. The two can easily share a room but knowing how small NYC bedrooms are 3 kids will be really pushing it. But I guess in the first 6 months of the third childs life they could sleep in your bedroom in a crib?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It depends. My brother and I grew up sharing a very large bedroom with our parents until I was 10 years old (I’m older). So yeah, my parents went 10 years with zero privacy!

I would think that if the bedrooms are a decent size you could have both kids just sleep in the one room for several years. Depends on their age difference as well. 

Fiance and I live in a 1 bed + den right now and we could handle a baby in here but it would be really tight. If we had a 2 bedroom I would say that I would prefer to buy a bigger place once baby # 2 came, but house prices are not that crazy where I am so we can afford it. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@hilsy85:

hahah Yes. You would want a apt with two REAL bedrooms. Not one real bedroom and the second one that’s a poor excuse of a bedroom like most NYC places are!

I wish you luck! Are you considering other boroughs besides Manhattan? You’ll likely be able to get more bang for your buck.

What about condos or townhomes? I know friends of my brothers who were able to get really good deals on townhomes in upcoming neighborhoods. Now their homes are worth like 3x as much!

ETA: I’m totally putting on my NYC mentality for this post! I’m spoiled now and live upstate and we just purchased a 2700SF house!

But I grew up in a small 2 bedroom apt in Chinatown. My brothers slept in bunk beds in the living room (very long), I slept in the same bedroom as my parents and the second room was rented out to relatives to supplement rent. We bought a house when I was in the 5th grade in Queens, which was a dream of my dad’s.

You make do.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wouldn’t be comfortable with two bedrooms with more than one child.

But I also believe in babies sleeping in their own room and that doesn’t really allow two kids to share a room very well (crying baby waking up older child consistently).

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think I would be comfortable living in a 2 bedroom apartment with two kids, but not three.  I would be fine with that arrangement through teenage years, unless the kids were different sexes, in which case I would want them to have separate rooms around jr. high/middle school.

Fwiw, I grew in a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom house (less than 1000 square feet) with 6 people.  So I have no issues with kids sharing rooms/bathrooms and smaller spaces.  🙂

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with pp that for us two kids would be the maximum for a 2 bedroom place.. Having said that we have a baby on the way and only have a one bedroom apartment!! how crazy! we have plans to move to a 2 bedroom place though.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@hilsy85:

Just put your ear on the ground, so to speak. On upcoming neighborhoods and such. If anything if the neighborhood grows your value will grow and will be added cash for a bigger place in the future.

I know when we were still on the fence about NYC or Upstate I was able to find online articles and blogs about “best affordable” neighborhoods to live in NYC. “Upcoming” Neighborhoods and such. Neighborhoods that are still relatively cheap -in comparison- but are very similar to other desirable neighborhoods.

There are SO many cute neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens. Anddd I don’t know if you would consider SI but def much much cheaper.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@hilsy85: we’re in a two bedroom city (Boston) townhouse. Darling Husband works from home so we’re using the second bedroom as his office. When our son arrives in December we’ll share a large bedroom for a little while. Then we’ll probably be forced to move to a 3 bedroom. 

IMO, I think living in the city in a smaller space is worth so much more than moving to the ‘burbs (or further!) with 3000 sf! We bought a home in Upstate NY because we thought it was beautiful (it is!) and that we’d want to raise a family there. We lived there for exactly 8 weeks before running back to our city, lol. We’ve since sold that house and are hoping to find something next summer. But I’m not willing to leave the city again, so I can wait for as long as it takes. 😉 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@hilsy85:  Now, when we go back to visit my parents, I have no clue how we survived with only bathroom, lol.  You just make do with what you got, I guess!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

http://nymag.com/realestate/articles/affordable/

This is the article I was thinking of!

Found a couple more:

http://www.urbanedgeny.com/top-10-real-estate/nyc-affordable-neighborhoods

http://bestplaces.nydailynews.com/guides/best-places-live-new-york-city-families

Introducing Hudson Heights, an Affordable NYC Neighborhood

I LOVED Ditmas Park! The houses were so cute!

FWIW, my brother lives in Oakland Gardens in Queens (basically Bayside). One of the best public school districts in the city, his major factor for buying there. It’s about a 15min drive to the city. Not very accessible via public transportation though. But it’s ridiculously close to LIC.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@hilsy85: Because I work from home my office is in the den so we would absolutely need to move to a bigger place. Even a bassinet would barely fit into our bedroom. We don’t plan on TTC for at least a year so far now we’re ok, but I’m hoping by the end of next year to start looking for a bigger place. 

Good luck!! I know this all too well since I also work in real estate and I live in one of the most expensive cities for real estate in NA. 

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