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Old 04-17-2015, 02:25 PM
 
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We are a 50+ couple headed toward retirement in the next 8 years or so. My wife is concerned that our current home does not have a bedroom/ bathroom in the main floor. I don't see this as a problem for the next 15 to 20 years (perhaps because of a severe lack of imagination) and after that who knows. My questions to the esteemed forum are as follows:
  1. Will a bedroom/ bath in the main be a main consideration in choosing your retirement residence?
  2. If so at what age do you think that climbing up or down the stairs 2-3 times a day becomes a chore or worse? I understand this will be dependent on the individual. I guess my question pertains to a person of average health.
I would like to downsize to a townhome and I don't see many of these in our area with bath/bed in the main. In the area where I live bedroom/bath in the main is hard to find even in the detached homes.

Curious to see what everyone thinks.

Thanks.
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:27 PM
 
Location: in the miseries
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Yes, definitely need a bedroom with a bath on the first floor.

Not so much for me but for mobility challenged BH.

Around 70 yo.
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:39 PM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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Heart failure here, so everything on one floor without even a step up from the drive was what sold me on my retirement home. I have two large bed rooms and use one as a den.

In the house I sold, I would often walk around the house to the back rather than go up the half dozen steps to the front entry.

I love this place. I am close to 70.
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:49 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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We are a 50+ couple headed toward retirement in the next 8 years or so.
My wife is concerned that our current home does not have a bedroom/ bathroom in the main floor.
I would like to downsize to a townhome.
If you're going to downsize do it before you need to.
Not likely to find a TH with lower level master.
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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Break a hip and you'll quickly find out... and I hope you NEVER break a hip...
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:51 PM
 
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My retirement house I bought is handicap accessable and one story.

No, I don't need it now,but it will aid me when I do.
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:58 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I think it's hard to predict - I'm usually healthy but had a bad experience with statin drugs and could barely climb up a full set of stairs. My wife broke a hip at 61. There are lots of reasons to keep things as simple as possible. I think Mark Twain said men age from the bottom up and women age from the top down. So far, I think he is right -- in my case anyway...
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Old 04-17-2015, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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We are a 50+ couple headed toward retirement in the next 8 years or so. My wife is concerned that our current home does not have a bedroom/ bathroom in the main floor. I don't see this as a problem for the next 15 to 20 years (perhaps because of a severe lack of imagination) and after that who knows. My questions to the esteemed forum are as follows:
  1. Will a bedroom/ bath in the main be a main consideration in choosing your retirement residence?
  2. If so at what age do you think that climbing up or down the stairs 2-3 times a day becomes a chore or worse? I understand this will be dependent on the individual. I guess my question pertains to a person of average health.
I would like to downsize to a townhome and I don't see many of these in our area with bath/bed in the main. In the area where I live bedroom/bath in the main is hard to find even in the detached homes.
Buy a single story, ranch home - if you can find it. That, or plan on installing a stair lift some day. Even then, one needs to be able to sit.

Answers to your Qs:
  1. Yes - absolutely - AND a first floor laundry.
  2. Age isn't the only issue. Although, by mid 70s, you aren't going to be liking those stairs, much. Illness/surgery also are realistic considerations.
Your wife is right. My entire life I've always wished I had at least one bedroom on the first floor. What if one of you has major surgery and needs months of convalescence??? It happens.

I broke my leg at age 65 - was still working at the time so I was in pretty good shape. Spent over two months recovering in my two-story home w/brs and bath on 2nd floor, 1st flr pwdr rm. First two weeks I slept in recliner on first floor. Finally had to get in my own bed. The only way I could do that was scoot up and down the stairs on my behind. I kept a set of crutches at top and bottom of stairs.

Now 73 y/o, no ailments - but should another issue arise where I need convalescence - this is NOT the house for it. Today I look at those stairs and realize - if I stay here long enough - a stair lift might some day be necessary - although I'm perfectly fine right now.

Comments above on broken hip/hip surgery/heart failure and who knows what other ailment - all very real considerations.

If you are planning to move, by all means - 1st floor br/bath - and laundry - are an absolute must, imho. Plan ahead.

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Old 04-17-2015, 03:17 PM
 
Location: NNV
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Heck, I bought a one story house before I was 50. Got tired of the stairs, especially if I injured myself playing basketball. I ripped my patella tendon last year which forced me to "retire" from the sport. Sure am glad I didn't have stairs!
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Old 04-17-2015, 03:31 PM
 
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When we were house hunting in a new state 9 years ago, I wanted a master on the main. My spouse emphatically didn't, he wanted to be on the same floor as the kids. Now the kids are college grads and on their way out, and he admits how silly he was. We could easily live on one floor of this big house, if only we had a bedroom. We're looking for a ranch.

Why heat or cool more than one level, even if you don't mind the stairs?
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