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

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Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m thinking the same thing as many.  Two kids can share a room (even 3 if they REALLY have to).  When they’re little, it’s not really a big deal if they are different genders.  It’s all about space optimization πŸ˜‰

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Like many PPs, I think 2 kids sharing a room in a 2 bedroom is no biggie.  If they’re the same genders I think they can share until they’re off to college, but if they’re different genders, I think they need their own rooms by the time they’re around 10 years old.  So I guess I’m saying I could work with a 2 bedroom, w/ 2 kids for up to 10 years… after that, or if you’re thinking of more than 2 kids, you may need a little more space.  I personally like smaller homes, which is why my Darling Husband and I purchased our 1000 s/f 3 bed/2 bath ranch a few years ago!

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I hear ya on tight city living.  Depends on the sex of the kids I think.  If they are different sexes, I’d only want them to share until 5-6 years old.  But if they are same sex, then 2 can share for a lot longer, though ideally not in high school for their own sake if I could swing it.  I’d also want to move definitely after the 3rd kid (the kid could have a crib in our bedroom for ~6 months, but that’s about it).

I shared with my sister (who is 3 years older) when I was 5-8, then again in the next city 9-11 yo, and we again “shared” two upstairs rooms for 7 months of high school until my mom decided it was a bad idea (we both prefered one particular room).  I probably shared pre-5, I just don’t remember it.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Same gender: FOREVER

different genders: right before puberty.

and I  totally think you can fit more than 2-3 kids in a 2 bedroom; I think the bathroom issue would be a bigger deal. 

But I grew up in a TINY  2 bed, 1 bath apt in NYC and we always had relatives living with us right up until I went to college, so my tolerance level is different.

As long as you dont have a lot of people staying over all the time, It’s whatever to me. During the summer, people will be away at camp.  You just make it work.

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

hillsy – i am also a new york bee, if you dont mind me asking, which two neighborhoods are you looking at?

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

I would say until child number three or until the kids are a tad older like 5-6 They are getting bigger and needing more space to play and sleep etc. So I guess it also depends on how far apart you plan on having the children. What I have learned since becoming a mother is you always are able to use what you have and make it work! If thats what you can afford right now that will get you by for some years! I wouldnt stress to much πŸ™‚

Post # 27
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

oh i know, i live in Soho now and they are raising the rent so much that while we can still afford it without much strain, i feel bad for spending all that instead of saving towards for an apartment. Looking to brooklyn heights now. It is luxury high rise manhattan prices but at least a little bigger which i feel like i am ready for.

Post # 29
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

yeah Soho is pretty crazy. we are paying at least 30-40% more in rent than what we would pay in mortgage payments for a comparable place in manhattan but i like renting and i like downtown cool… i also like not being responsible when things break and i like having my options open in terms of moving… i guess i still have growing up to do (i am 30 btw :-P)

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

ha, my Darling Husband (ooh, first time typing that!) and i have this debate all the time! basically we’re deciding between renting and buying based on how long we think we could last in the city (UWS) with kids.  we want 2 kids, and for us, we figure as soon as they are school age, we will want to move somewhere with a good school district that we can afford. But if you get 2BR 2BA, you can absolutely live in that with 2 kids for a long enough time that buying now (especially if you have no kids) is totally worth it.  you likely will only need to live there for around 5-6 years for it to really pay off as an investment in NYC, i think. 

we currently share a studio, so 2BR sounds like a mansion to me, haha.

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