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Your ideal home size

Post by ThankYouJack » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:44 pm

I'm curious to hear from others on here, what size homes have you owned? And what would you consider an ideal home size for your family of ___?

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Post by Traveler » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:46 pm

SIngle person. Owned a 2100 sq foot single family home, four bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Now I have a 1350 sq foot townhouse, 2 bed, 2.5 baths. I like the size of the townhouse better although I do miss having a garage.

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Post by sport » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:54 pm

A lot of that decision depends on what your budget allows. We had a 3 bedroom 1.5 bath 1700 sq ft colonial when our 2 children were growing up. It was adequate, and fit our budget. Our retirement house is a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath 2000 sq ft ranch. It is really more than we need, but we can afford it and we are happy with it.

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by lunean » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:56 pm

Ours is 2100 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage and a basement. It fits us fine, but I do wish we had 1 more bedroom just to have some extra space. We have 3 kids and they each have their own room.

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Post by stoptothink » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:06 pm

Family of 4, currently own a 3bdr/2.5bt 1500sq. ft townhome with a 2-car garage. Wife and I agree that it is probably more space than we want. In particular our master bedroom, bathroom, and walk-in closet are unnecessarily large - more than half the space is totally unused. Ideally we'd like a SFH ~1300sq. ft rambler with a full unfinished basement where we could put our (rather extensive) home gym (currently in the garage) and at least 1 bedroom. We'll probably be in the market in 6-8yrs, looking to buy our "forever home" in cash, but I don't think there are a whole lot of options in our area that meet what we are looking for. Everything around us is either a condo or a McMansion, very little in between.

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by remomnyc » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:40 pm

For a family of four: 3 br, 1.5 ba, 1400 sf. Once the kids are gone: 2 br, 1.5 ba, 1,000 sf,

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Post by livesoft » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:43 pm

The ideal home size might be the most popular home size in the area you want to live in. You would want to be able to sell it in a reasonable amount of time and when buying one yourself, you would want to have many homes to choose from.

We certainly bought our home with an eye on how easy it would be to sell it in the future.
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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by frugalmama » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:46 pm

Family of 12 right now, 2700 sq feet. I think this size is fine but I could use space in different areas than I have it, so long term we will probably add on another 500 square feet/remodel or move as we need more space in our kitchen/family room and less in the entry, laundry, halls, etc.

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by unclescrooge » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:47 pm

For a family of 4, I think 2500 sqft with 5 bedrooms and 3 baths would be ideal.

That being said, we live in 3100 or 3300 sqft home with 4 beds and 4 baths. It also has 3 separate living rooms.

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clarification needed

Post by Bogle7 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:50 pm

Total space?
Total finished sqft?
Above ground sqft?
Tax assessor Sqft?

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by ccieemeritus » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:51 pm

A family of 4 with 1440 square feet 3br 2ba in an excellent location in a very high cost of living area. Wonderful backyard for kids to play.

This was supposed to be our starter home and it’s always been a bit cramped. Even with our 2nd kid going to college next year we want to increase the size. In particular a walk in closet and a tea room are on DW wish list.

Ideal would be 2500. But that’s expensive in our area. Especially with the property tax jump.

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by stan1 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:56 pm

For a DINK couple my ideal would be 3 bedroom/2 bath with a great room/eating/kitchen concept (no formal living room or formal dining room). 1300-1500 square feet single story.

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by AMG79 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:57 pm

Family of 4, with the two youngest being just 4.5 & 3 years old. House is 1400 sq ft with a 1400 sq ft unfinished basement. 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 2 car garage and very large yard/lot size for the area. The basement was a huge selling point for us. The size is just fine when it's just us, but we certainly wish the basement was finished with a couple guest bedrooms, full bathroom and living space for when our out-of-state family or friends visit. I imagine it will also come in handy when the children get older. We're lacking hosting space but thankful we have room to expand. This house would have multiple offers within a day if put on the market which was another huge selling point when we purchased 6+ years ago.

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by mrspock » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:57 pm

Family of 1: Ideal size would be 1500-1800 sqft 3 bed, 2.5-3 bath w/ double garage and no yard (I travel a fair bit). 3 bedrooms for: master, guest room and for an office.

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Post by mnsportsgeek » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:59 pm

I haven't lived in my ideal size yet, but I think for an eventual family of 4 I'd want 5 bedrooms/2.5 bathrooms or 4 bedrooms + den and ~2500-2700 square feet.

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by getthatmarshmallow » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:05 pm

1100 Sq ft. rambler plus finished basement for a family of four. Plenty of space: two home offices and a giant family room in the basement. Nice yard and right near trail access. The only thing I'd like is a master bath but not enough to upgrade to a McMansion, which is alas the alternative.

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Post by Rus In Urbe » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:06 pm

Two of us, retiring next year and staying put, walking distance to university. LCOL area. 2200sq ft, 3 bedrooms (one is a library, the other for guests), 1925 house. Great garden, sun room. Gym in the basement; offices and art studio in finished attic. Snowy climate and we never get cabin fever. House constitutes about 8% of our net worth (paid off mortgage long ago). Bigger than we need, admittedly. But we love it.
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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by msk » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:07 pm

Family of two + two live-in staff, 14,000 sq ft. 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms. Slightly over-sized :shock: Includes a 1600 sq ft games room, but kids have all left home. His and hers media rooms, his and hers offices and whatever other junk you can think of :annoyed We actually designed and built this ourselves 6 years ago. Useful when the grandkids visit, but I believe we could live quite contentedly in a 2-bedroom condo on the beach somewhere.

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Post by michaeljc70 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:15 pm

We (two of us) live in a 2000 sq ft townhouse. Previously, we lived in a 3600 sq ft house. I grew up in a 1200 sq ft house with 6 people (eventually the basement was finished). The 3600 sq ft house was way too big for two people. We didn't use most of it. I feel the 2000 sq ft is almost bigger than we need. We like to entertain, so space for entertaining plus a nice master and a guest room is all we need. The layout has a huge impact on living. I think with a properly designed 1500 sq ft place we'd be just fine. If I had kids, the whole equation would change.

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by Dottie57 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:18 pm

Single and Current home is condo of 990 sq ft with garage stall.

At times it is cramped. So would like 500 sq ft more.

Someday -maybe.

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by AerialWombat » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:22 pm

I currently split my time between two homes, both of which are 1800 sq ft single family homes. They will ultimately both become rental properties. In 1-2 years, I plan to semi-retire to a tiny house, 200 sq ft or less. I’m solo.
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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by goodenyou » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:24 pm

3500 sq ft. 1 story. Enough room for family of 5 plus 2 dogs plus frequent visitors from the North during winter and holiday seasons. Large enough to keep resale value in our neighborhood. Space for the kids and grandchildren to stay for visits.
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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by 28fe6 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:26 pm

I hate how big rooms are in modern houses. There's no need for a standard bedroom to be more than about 120 sq ft. I would prefer about 1600-1800 sq ft house and 4 or 5 br, but 4BR houses are always 2200+ sq ft, and tons of wasted space.

I recently looked into dividing my bonus room into two smaller 8x12 rooms and no builders would do it because they said it wouldn't be permitted, even though building code allows rooms as small as 7x10 feet.

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by Mlm » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:29 pm

Single person
1250 Sq foot, 3 bed / 1.5 bath, 1 car garage
additional finished basement and a three season room

I could live without the dining room which I hardly use any more.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:32 pm

I like about 3000 sqft and at least 4Br, 3b, plus a den or tech area.

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Post by Tal- » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:36 pm

Currently a family of 4. We live in a 4 bed, 2.5 bath, 2500 house. 3 car garage. Been here 8 years.

Ideally, I'd like more space. We love our house and have no plans to move, and the house meets all of our basic needs well, but we run out of room for wants like a library, office, some storage issues, no separate play area, no separate TV area for video games, no mud room, etc..
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Post by ArmchairArchitect » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:39 pm

Pro-tip: it's all about home features, amenities, and architecture rather than size.

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by randomguy » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:03 pm

getthatmarshmallow wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:05 pm
1100 Sq ft. rambler plus finished basement for a family of four. Plenty of space: two home offices and a giant family room in the basement. Nice yard and right near trail access. The only thing I'd like is a master bath but not enough to upgrade to a McMansion, which is alas the alternative.
It would be interesting to see what happens if everyone includes the all of the space they are using (garages, basements, porches, sheds,....). it is one thing to live in 1100 sq ft. It is another to live i 1100 sq ft with an 800 sq ft basement a 400 sq ft garage and a 200 sq ft shed where you have your woodworking gear.

You sort of need to define ideal. In my ideal house where money doesn't matter, I want a 400 sq ft gym, a 300 sq ft golf simulator, a 300 sq ft media room and the like. In the real world where I care about things like money and having to clean, I am willing to live without most of those:)

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by Bacchus01 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:08 pm

This family of five lives in a 5/3.5 5400 sq ft. We could use more space. More correctly, we could use the space we have more efficiently.

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Post by 22twain » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:29 pm

Married couple, no kids. 3 bedrooms (his, hers and guest/office), 2 baths, living room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast area, enclosed and remodeled "sun porch", about 2000 square feet, single story, no basement, built c. 1960, LCOL. Works OK for us. The dining room is mostly redundant with the sun porch which is where we usually feed guests (max 6).
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Post by darrvao777 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:38 pm

Married

1 kid, thinking about #2, definitely stopping at 2

Current house = 4 bedrooms, 1 den, 1 bonus room, 3000 sq feet, 2 stories, no basement, built 2014

It's probably enough but I grew up in a larger home and find my current home small

Targeting a 4 bedroom, 4000 sq ft house, built in 2015 or later

I would ideally like something around 5000 sq ft but that would probably require a custom build in my neck of the woods

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by ram » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:44 pm

1200 + 500n (where n = number of people in the household)

So 2 people = 2200.

In areas with cold weather I would add to it as the yard can not be used in winter.
In California or Hawaii you can subtract from it.
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Post by kinless » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:48 pm

Single. 3-story townhome at 1,555 sq ft. 2 bed 2.5 bath. Bought in 2010 during the recession and has appreciated considerably since then. Situated in central OC, California (HCOL) it’s in a highly desirable area so should have no problem selling when the time comes.

Setup is perfect: 2-car garage, laundry and office/den all on the ground floor, then kitchen/dining/living/half bath on 2nd floor, and 2 bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms on the top floor. It is attached on both sides with a small gated patio in front. Not my forever home but great for me during my working years.

I would definitely stick between 1500-2000 sq ft in future home purchases, regardless of marital status.

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by beyou » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:57 pm

goodenyou wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:24 pm
3500 sq ft. 1 story. Enough room for family of 5 plus 2 dogs plus frequent visitors from the North during winter and holiday seasons. Large enough to keep resale value in our neighborhood. Space for the kids and grandchildren to stay for visits.
That is the ideal, to buy a home not only when your kids are young, but also for guests, whether grown kids or otherwise.

I experienced 1st hand, parents to who retired to far away smaller homes, and the impact that has in family togetherness. Either move to smaller home near family, if not feasible keep comparable home both during child raising years and beyond, and host guests regularly. The only thing wrong with my 3br 2.5 bath home is that its split level, would have preferred a ranch as a lifelong home. Very expensive to get a large ranch near in my HCOL area. Land is expensive, so we build up not out.

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Post by bikechuck » Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:10 am

I'll play

After retiring in 2017, this fall my wife and I upsized from a 1,700 sq foot house with a basement where we raised two daughters to a 2,300 sq foot courtyard home built on a slab.

Our courtyard house has three bedrooms and three full bathrooms. There is an upstairs bonus suite with a bedroom, bathroom and living room everything else is on the first floor.. During the holidays our daughters, who both live out of state, their husbands and our two granddaughters stayed with us and it worked out nicely.

We do not miss our basement and our HOA takes care of the lawn maintenance and snow removal. Our former neighborhood was in decline so having some HOA rules to comply with does not bother us at all. So far so good!

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by harrychan » Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:56 am

Family of 4
Currently in a 3/2 with 1750 sq ft.
Ideal would be something like 2200 sq ft.

Kids are young and are sharing a room while I use the other bedroom as an office. It would be nice to have 4 bedroom and a detached live-in suite.
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Post by Caduceus » Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:49 am

I have lived in everything from 20,000 sq ft homes to 300 sq ft studios. My ideal size would be a 1,000 sq ft. apartment in a high-rise luxury apartment with great views.

Easy to clean (I have extremely high standards), and fits just about everything I own.

The problem is my partner. He wants a huge place with dogs and farm animals, and mountains, and rivers, and nature, and ... oh well.

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Post by jayk238 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:35 am

The homes here range from 900-1700 on average. Interesting to see that the larger homes (save for a few) are not showing up here especially w the higher incomes. Wife and I lived in a 900 sqft home till recently and dont think we want a space that small again and its just two of us.

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Post by Hillview » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:44 am

Family of 4 and we live in a 2700 sq foot space + a fully underground basement that we finished but has low ceiling heights. The lay out is not ideal but it is big enough for us. We do have 3 br + office and 3.5 bathrooms so that fits us more then well enough. When we retire I would like a condo with 2 br and an office (so basically 3 br) so the kids could come visit but without a yard and better layout/less living room space.

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Post by Cycle » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:55 am

2 Br / 1 Ba, 1050sqft, for 2 Adults & 1 infant. The unit is very efficiently designed, zero unused/wasted space. We use every part of every room every day. Planning on 2 kids.

1 car detatched garage for 1 car family. Its a duplex, rent out the other half.

I don't think much about size... location, location, location. Living in a walkable / bikeable neighborhood is paramount for us. Ideally, neighborhood would be 90+ walk and bike score www.walkscore.com

We have a new born and it is so convenient to just be able to walk to the end of the block and pickup miscellaneous stuff in an instant from the local market store. When we are making dinner and don't have an ingredient, I just quick walk to the grocery store and am back in 5 minutes.

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Post by carolinaman » Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:03 am

We have 1820 sqft ranch with 3 BRs and office which also serves as 4th BR when needed for guests. We also have an enclosed, but unheated sun room of 200 sqft. We do not have a garage but have a very well built storage building of 300 sqft. That and flooring in attic provide a lot of storage space. Our 2 children are grown but we raised them comfortably in this house. It never seemed crowded when kids had friends over or we had guests. We could easily downsize if we could get rid of our clutter and storage. That fun job will probably be left to our kids after we are gone.

One thing younger people need to consider is what kind of home they will need once they get older. We were fortunate that we built a ranch home when we were in late twenties. Now in 70s, lots of our friends have had to sell their 2 story homes because of difficulty with steps. DW cannot handle steps today and my days are probably numbered for steps as well.

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by harrington » Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:10 am

Built a 2000 sq ft home 18 years ago and now that my son has moved on it's actually probably more that I need. It also has a half finished basement which has added another 500 sq ft.

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Post by Jags4186 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:12 am

We live in about 1400 square feet 3bd/1.5ba. Also have an unfinished basement and attached single car garage. Just the two of us is fine, when a little one comes along it will still be fine, but I can see at some point adding a bedroom/office, family room, master bathroom and expanding the kitchen/dining room. Dining room table has seating for 6 and anymore than than 8 is really cramming it in. Makes it hard to host family get togethers.

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Post by goaties » Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:25 am

Wow, you guys really love your big interior spaces. I'd rather have big acreage and a small house. I've owned three houses now and can definitively say that, for me, 800 sq.ft. would do it...so long as I have a basement! This is for a single person who wants to have a second bedroom for guests. The basement would have tools, worktable, washer, winter clothesline, and the inevitable junk I just can't seem to throw away yet. If no basement, add 200 sq ft. for a utility room.

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Post by FIre Fighter » Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:26 am

Family of 5, we live in a 3200 sq ft above ground plus 1000 sq ft finished basement. The main living area is great and probably a little more than we need, but really wish our finished basement was a bit bigger.

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Post by Silverado » Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:31 am

ArmchairArchitect wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:39 pm
Pro-tip: it's all about home features, amenities, and architecture rather than size.
Yes. We have ended up with a larger than needed house to get kitchen and garage we want. We move every few years, not worth it to modify or build.

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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by Ed_Sandwich » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:47 am

Family of 4, kids are 4 and 1. 2BR/2BA, 1400 sq foot townhome in VHCOL area. Kids share a 90 sq foot bedroom. Works fine for now but once the kids are bigger.. maybe not.

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Post by PhilosophyAndrew » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:50 am

Our 2500sf house works well for our family of three (we did, however, add around 300sf a few years ago by finishing part of the basement).

This is the only house we’ve owned — have lived here nearly about 25 years. I don’t think we would particularly enjoy living in a significantly larger house.

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Post by Texanbybirth » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:10 am

2500sf 30-yr old ranch-style with family of 4 (soon to be 5). It's a rare (in our neighborhood) 4/3, and it's just perfect for us. We can probably squeeze a couple more kiddos into this place before we might consider moving/adding on. :D With moving, the hit to (property) taxes would just be brutal. We're pretty proud of ourselves that we can fit both cars in the garage.
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Re: Your ideal home size

Post by Alexa9 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:15 am

I like to have a large kitchen, home theater, and exercise room. Other than that, I don't need much room. Probably 2,500 sqft. I'd like to have more distance from neighbors than currently and a couple acres to run around.

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