(Closed) Spinoff: Would rather have a bigger home or a shorter commute?

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: Which is more important to you?
    Bigger house : (44 votes)
    31 %
    Short/easy commute : (78 votes)
    55 %
    I used to prefer a short commute, but now I prefer a bigger house : (11 votes)
    8 %
    I used to prefer a bigger house, but now I prefer a short commute : (10 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    5075 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    my kingdom for a shorter commute.  I would take that over a bigger house any day

    (we’re currently house hunting.  Why not do everything at once??)

    Post # 4
    3357 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I rather have a short commute with a small apartment than a long commute with large living space. Not to mention, I’m not planning on buying a house any time in the next decade.

    Post # 5
    5273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I’d rather commute and be in a house that I love vs. have a short commute and a house that I don’t really like. 

    Post # 6
    678 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    House is TOP priority for me. I have always lived somewhere far from where I work/go to school though… A regular commute for me is 1hr each way. I draw the line at 1 1/2 hours each way.

    Post # 7
    3471 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    What’s the point of a beautiful house if you don’t get to spend any time in it! 

    Post # 8
    1498 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Smaller house/shorter commute for sure.

    More time commuting = less time enjoying my bigger home so it really doesn’t seem all that logical to take the bigger house/longer commute option.


    Post # 9
    5787 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I commute 90 min+ each day and it suuuuuucks. I would happily downsize to cut it down (and we’re planning to).

    Post # 10
    752 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’d rather live where I want to spend my time.

    Jobs are, unfortunately, not permanent.  I’d hate to buy a house based primarily on distance to work.  IMO commute should be considered but wouldn’t be a deal breaker for me.

    Post # 11
    1079 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    It would depend on just how long the commute was.  I don’t want to give up my life to driving to and from work but I wouldn’t want to be cramped into a tiny place either.  I couldn’t vote because it would really depend on the specifics for me.

    Post # 12
    9669 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    That’s a tough one.  Our house isn’t huge by any stretch of the imagination, it’s only 1,400 square feet.  But we have a large yard we love.  My commute when I bought the place was less than ten minutes; now it’s around 45 minutes because I got a better job.  I wouldn’t want to live anywhere smaller than where we live now but it would be nice to be closer to work.  I just really want to work from home, lol. 

    Post # 13
    9483 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I think it would have to depend on the length of the commute.  I wouldn’t do anything more than 30 minutes each way.  I used to for only 6 weeks and I was miserable.

    Post # 14
    288 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Location is my top priority. You can change the house, but you can’t change the location!

    Post # 15
    2815 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    We bought a house 45 minutes from DH’s work just so we could get more house for our money.  So for us, bigger house, longer commute.  He carpools with a friend, so it’s not so bad he says.  

    Post # 16
    4336 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @peanuthead:  good point. I’d go with house.

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