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Old 06-17-2019, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Did you (or will you) downsize when you retired or when your children left home? If so,
A. What size house did you downsize from and to?
B. What size yard did you downsize from and to?
C. What features were you looking for in a house when you downsized (i.e. single story, no yard, tub free home, wide doorways, no steps to enter home, close to family, in a retirement community, etc.?)

If not:
A. How are you making your current home work for you during retirement (i.e. see section C)?
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Old 06-17-2019, 06:55 PM
 
Location: USA
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Actually, went bigger. Got rid of 2nd floor but new home is open floor plan, same 4 bedrooms but with oversized 3-car garage; mud room, enclosed lanai on the lakefront all came out bigger and cost as much as our current house. Looking forward to selling #1 and getting to FL full time. Nice not to have a mortgage on either!

We will give up 2 acres when we move to Fl but the HOA does all the outside maintenance, not me. Plus we have a pool, gym, rec room, playground, bar room all part of community center and HOA maintains that too.

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Old 06-17-2019, 06:57 PM
 
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yes.
yard to apartment.
looking for ZERO maintenance.
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:03 PM
 
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1400 sq ft ranch with 1 car garage in town. Our yard is low maintenance.
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Maui, Hawaii
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We have lived in many places and all different sized homes but yes, we downsized (a lot) when moving here 7 years ago as retirees. From a 3/2 big house and yard to a small 550 sq ft condo, 1/1 with a tiny bit of yard.

We are on the first floor so no stairs/steps but after being here awhile we agree that an actual 'retirement' complex or community would be better, for quiet and meeting folks closer to our age. We would like a second bathroom (ideally) also the walk in shower and wide doorways would be nice.

We could 'age in place' in this condo, it is convenient to medical care, stores that deliver, etc but the additions on our wish list that you mentioned would make it a bit more comfortable.
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Florida
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We have a first floor condo, 2br, 2ba. No exterior maintenance. I do small jobs inside like change the door locks from knobs to lever handles and other miscellaneous mods. No stairs, etc. I gave away the lawn mower in 1987 and haven;t missed it yet.
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:32 PM
 
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Yes.
Lower overhead costs
Less to clean
Less stuff for you kids (if you have any) to throw out when you're gone.
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:46 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Originally Posted by submart View Post
Did you (or will you) downsize when you retired or when your children left home? If so,
A. What size house did you downsize from and to?
B. What size yard did you downsize from and to?
C. What features were you looking for in a house when you downsized (i.e. single story, no yard, tub free home, wide doorways, no steps to enter home, close to family, in a retirement community, etc.?)

If not:
A. How are you making your current home work for you during retirement (i.e. see section C)?
You could easily search this forum and find lots of answers to all of this OP. Not exactly a virgin topic.
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:17 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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No. We are childless and have always lived in a small house (1100 sq. ft., 2 br, 1 ba).
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:48 PM
 
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We have lived in many places and all different sized homes but yes, we downsized (a lot) when moving here 7 years ago as retirees. From a 3/2 big house and yard to a small 550 sq ft condo, 1/1 with a tiny bit of yard.

We are on the first floor so no stairs/steps but after being here awhile we agree that an actual 'retirement' complex or community would be better, for quiet and meeting folks closer to our age. We would like a second bathroom (ideally) also the walk in shower and wide doorways would be nice.

We could 'age in place' in this condo, it is convenient to medical care, stores that deliver, etc but the additions on our wish list that you mentioned would make it a bit more comfortable.
That's my plan - I'm moving from a 5 bedroom house into a 600 sq ft apartment with a nice sized balcony in a walkable community with all amenities. I want to live maintenance free. My apartment will be built in about 6 months. I'm at the stage of purging everything. It's hard to do, but it feels good. The plan is to age in place as well.
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