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Old 10-29-2007, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Philly to Odessa
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Again, it is doing the research. I purchased a two story house that is well insulated and have had no problem with it being too hot. I have 4 kids and and lived in a rancher before. Kids and ranchers...yikes! You never get away..lol.
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Old 10-30-2007, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Florida
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Again, it is doing the research. I purchased a two story house that is well insulated and have had no problem with it being too hot. I have 4 kids and and lived in a rancher before. Kids and ranchers...yikes! You never get away..lol.

That's 100% right. A friend we met down here has a 5000 sf house - kids go play upstairs and you can barely hear them when they're literally having a major boy/girl battle.

The Northerners that made comments about "growing up in a 2 story" also make a great point. Having grown up in the NE, the single story houses seemed "alien" to us. Judging from the numerous 2 story houses purchased as new construction here, I'd say there's a strong desire for that style house by people relocating to Tampa.

As for the A/C issue - I literally never thought about it because 2 A/C units are the norm from my experience. I was surprised when I only had one unit. The builder used a "damper" system that opens and closes vents for 3 zones run off of one unit. This past summer the house was freezing when we put it on too much (we didn't know) but it proved that the one unit was fine for cooling the house...and didn't need to constantly run either.

One thing we like about the ranch styles are the HUGE high cielings they allow. Also, 2,500 sf seems like "more space" when you don't divide it into 2 floors.

The stairs are a good thing to us - unlike the constant walking in Manhattan, Tampa is all about driving so we welcome the little exercise it provides.
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Old 10-30-2007, 07:49 PM
 
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In my experience, two story houses are a great appeal for a family. It also allows you to get more house on a smaller lot as others previously said.

One disadvantage to selling a 2-story is that empty nesters or those close to retirement really don't want to climb stairs. Builders are finally beginning to install lifts, but they're really expensive.

There is also some required exterior maintenance for 2-stories in Florida. With all the rain and dampness, the 2nd floor siding can deteriorate quickly.

Finally, my own personal peeve with 2-story homes is why in the world would a builder put all the bedrooms upstairs and the laundry downstairs? Like duh!
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Old 10-31-2007, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Florida
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Finally, my own personal peeve with 2-story homes is why in the world would a builder put all the bedrooms upstairs and the laundry downstairs? Like duh!
Great point. The funny thing is the upstairs laundry seemed really "off" to us whenever we saw it. We liked the idea in theory, but it never sat right with us. Same goes for a downstairs master in a 2 story house (just not our taste).

After a few months of constantly carrying dirty laundry downstairs...I can totally see how a well placed upstairs laundry makes complete sense.

When we're older, we'll only be looking at single story houses and/or some type of condo.
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Old 10-31-2007, 02:55 PM
 
Location: FL 33774
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I have been involved with the sale of several townhomes with upstairs laundry. It works very well. You don't get undressed downstairs (well not usually) and you keep your clothes upstairs, it saves on movement with laundry with a larger family.
There are plus and minuses on single over two storey/3 storey homes. However, the state population is growing and it's not just with older buyers, so families, many of whom move from the north where they have upstairs rooms, are or were at least until recently, looking to buy.
I live in a single storey and would trade it for a two storey home, I like to be able to see further than my fence, it gives more light too. However, we are set here for a couple of years more at least. It's a personal preference, but I do run across a lot of folks who like two story homes.
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