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Old 11-03-2007, 11:37 AM
 
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I mean, assuming you were at the top of your price range, were in your desired area, and it came down to a bigger house with more bells and whistles, or a smaller house on say a half acre lot, which would you be likely to buy?

I'm curious because we have always bought smaller houses on bigger lots, even if it meant having 2 baths instead of 3. My realtor says most people prefer the bigger house with say, a spa-like master bath, than a big lot. I'm just wondering how many people agree with her.
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Old 11-03-2007, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Aurora
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for me it's the lot. I'm looking at a stack of houses now that are just lovely but the lot's too small so i've rejected them. if I don't get at least .25 acre minimum with a certain amount of space between homes, then forget it. That seems to rule out quite a few homes, esp in HR, and surrounding areas. I hate that houses are so close you need dental floss to clean between them. ick.

that said, I need a minimum size house too and i'm searching for that as well. couple that with other needs (commute, diversity etc) and we're talking a fun real estate search, lol.

still, the lot size is absolutely the first thing that I search for.
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Old 11-03-2007, 11:50 AM
 
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for me it's the lot. I'm looking at a stack of houses now that are just lovely but the lot's too small so i've rejected them. if I don't get at least .25 acre minimum with a certain amount of space between homes, then forget it. That seems to rule out quite a few homes, esp in HR, and surrounding areas. I hate that houses are so close you need dental floss to clean between them. ick.

that said, I need a minimum size house too and i'm searching for that as well. couple that with other needs (commute, diversity etc) and we're talking a fun real estate search, lol.

still, the lot size is absolutely the first thing that I search for.
Sounds like we are in the same boat Lisa. That's why we ruled out HR actually. Have you looked at west Lakewood and Arvada?
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Old 11-03-2007, 12:47 PM
 
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I like a small house. My preference for lot sizes varies, depending on setting, vistas, walkability, and community amenities (parks, etc.). I'd take a small house on a tiny lot in Golden over a McMansion in the suburbs any day!
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Old 11-04-2007, 05:29 PM
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Depends what your thinking. A nice ranch house located in Golden is the best choice because it has the good view and also 5 to 10 minutes to denver and 20-30 minutes to Boulder.

--Jun
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Old 11-04-2007, 06:55 PM
 
Location: here
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We bought in HR and it came down to big house on 4500 sf lot or smaller house on 8100 sf lot. We chose the lot over the house. You can change the house (add on, finish the basement), but you can't change the size of your lot.
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Old 11-04-2007, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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It's all a personal preference and economics. Some folks don't have the option to choose. We've known people who want a small lot for the ease of upkeep. I can see the benefits of both, but prefer a little room. Our lot is .6 acre and is just right for us. We still have a neighborhood feel with kids and folks walking dogs and stuff. We looked at larger lots, but it felt a bit isolated.
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Old 11-04-2007, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Castle Rock, CO
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This is one reason we left HR. We moved to CR and found the house and the lot.
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Old 11-04-2007, 09:53 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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15 years ago a bigger house in a nicer area was our preference. Now we have kids and are looking at decent size house(3000 Sq Feet+) but no less than 1 acre for the lot. We're not going to be in the metro area but we also liking that fact. a bit out town with neighbors BUT not to close.
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Old 11-04-2007, 11:09 PM
 
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I want a tiny house, small lot, minimal taxes, scant utilities, frugal furnishings, no mortgages.

So I can---------livecontent
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