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Old 10-09-2013, 10:45 AM
 
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I sold my townhouse a few months ago (1900 sq ft + 400 sq ft finished basement and a postage stamp lot) and have been waiting on a short sale since. The short sale is 3800 sq ft + a 700 sq ft finished basement and 1/2 acre but it was the best house I saw in 6 months of looking. However, is that too much space for one person? I plan to close off 2 of the 4 bedrooms and not use the basement. I figure this will also cut down on maintenance and heating/cooling costs. Unfortunately I did not find a house in the 3K size that was in good shape and affordable to me. I actually used all the rooms in my old townhouse with the exception of the dining room so the 2300 sq ft was sufficient but need opinions if I'm taking on too much upsizing?
Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:52 AM
 
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yes, it's too much space, but so was your old place. The new house is too much space for a family of six! Sure, you could fill 25,000 sq ft with stuff, but do you NEED to? A single person could live very reasonably in an 800 sq ft two bedroom place, with a bedroom and an office/guest room.
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:59 AM
 
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I see nothing wrong with the square footage as long as you can afford the utilities and maintenance and the mortgage payment etc. that go along with it.

I've had larger homes than that as a single.........and I used all the space.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:00 AM
 
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That's actually the size of my apartment right now but I feel it is too small. But thank you for the opinion. I'm hoping to see if any other single person has lived in a house this size and how they handled it (ie was it too much).
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:02 AM
 
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ocngypz, thank you - that is exactly what I needed to know.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Portlandish, OR
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yes, it's too much space, but so was your old place. The new house is too much space for a family of six! Sure, you could fill 25,000 sq ft with stuff, but do you NEED to? A single person could live very reasonably in an 800 sq ft two bedroom place, with a bedroom and an office/guest room.
I'm apt to agree with this. we moved our family into a large house a few years ago (don't own it anymore) and i believe it was 2600 sq ft with a 1000 sq ft finished basement, which we had our guest room/bathroom for visitors in. when we moved in we had to acquire a lot of craigslist furniture because the home just looked and felt odd with what few furnishings we had.

and then when we sold that home, we found that we had accumulated a lot of stuff to fill the empty space, which is a PITA to get rid of if you ever downsize. I'm not saying you shouldn't buy it, but be aware that it may not be a comfortable or aesthetically pleasing place if it's echoing empty all over the place.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:07 AM
 
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You can never have too much space if you can afford the utilities. Im building a 6000+ sqft house for a family of 4...it has 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 half baths, 3 car garage, a 1500sqft outdoor patio with a second kitchen, fireplace etc, etc, etc.

If you can afford it and you want it, do it. Don't listen to the folks who think you should live like a mouse in a box because they want to.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Really only you can decide.

Now you'll just get a lot of judgy comments about haves and have-nots.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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We're a couple in a 3600 sq ft, 5 bedroom house. I didn't think I'd ever say this, but it really is too big for us. Too much cleaning for my taste. We bought it for the lot and it has a wonderful wood shop area for Mr. Dokie. We used to live in a 2300 sq ft 3 bedroom and that was just right.

I'm one of those who say if you want it and can afford it, that's your business and not mine. Different strokes and all that.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:41 AM
 
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I sold my townhouse a few months ago (1900 sq ft + 400 sq ft finished basement and a postage stamp lot) and have been waiting on a short sale since. The short sale is 3800 sq ft + a 700 sq ft finished basement and 1/2 acre but it was the best house I saw in 6 months of looking. However, is that too much space for one person? I plan to close off 2 of the 4 bedrooms and not use the basement. I figure this will also cut down on maintenance and heating/cooling costs. Unfortunately I did not find a house in the 3K size that was in good shape and affordable to me. I actually used all the rooms in my old townhouse with the exception of the dining room so the 2300 sq ft was sufficient but need opinions if I'm taking on too much upsizing?
Thanks in advance.
Unless you are the Brady Bunch that is way too much space. When I was single I lived in Manhattan in a 200 square foot Apartment for four years. It was fine. I was single, bed, mini fridge and a tv what more do you need
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