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Old 07-17-2014, 08:48 AM
 
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Yeah, you're talking about when you were old enough to ride your bike around the neighborhood. You knew where the other kids were and someone said "hey, let's go over the playground" so you did. If you didn't go over there with your friends it would just be you there until one of your friends rode by and asked you what you were doing. It was the same thing where I grew up.

I'm talking about young kids - under 6 or 7 - with their parents. In the suburbs those kids, and even most of the older kids are playing in their own backyard (and you pointed this out yourself) or in their friend's backyard. Kids in the city are at the playground because they don't have a backyard.

As a parent with little ones if you want to find those kids in the suburbs you have to call their parents to find out what what they're up to.




My point in bringing up the space thing is that having 4-6 bedrooms and 2000-3000 s/f and living in the city are not mutually exclusive. I agree that if you have 4 kids it might get a little tight on the smaller end of that range but the average "family" is 2.5 people. The average family with kids has 2 kids.

Some of these are 5 bedrooms and some 6 and they're around 2200-2400 s/f
https://www.google.com.au/maps/@39.9...8nMkcO0fhw!2e0

These guys are all +3000 s/f and are mostly 6 bedrooms.
https://www.google.com.au/maps/@39.9...8QTVEj6sKA!2e0
I think it all depends on the type of neighborhood too. For instance, this neighborhods has SFH with a yard and you can walk a block down to the park and several blocks to a business district: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=meado...,27.04,,0,5.89

Business district: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=meado...338.39,,0,4.26

You may even catch a home on there with a pool as well.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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If you feel comfortable doing that, and you've got the cash, then why not? My main concern is having people in town who can't necessarily spend hundreds of dollars per night on a hotel room in an expensive metro area during the holidays. I'd prefer to have a home where I can house my brother, niece, nephew, mom, etc.
We are all different, there is no one answer for this.
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:51 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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We are all different, there is no one answer for this.
And some of us apparently have wealthier relatives than others.
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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And some of us apparently have wealthier relatives than others.
Maybe, maybe not, but that isn't really important.
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:27 PM
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Maybe, maybe not, but that isn't really important.
Yes, it is when it comes to asking a relative to stay in a hotel. Even a moderately priced motel around here is $100/night. That can add $700 to a week's vacation.
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Yes, it is when it comes to asking a relative to stay in a hotel. Even a moderately priced motel around here is $100/night. That can add $700 to a week's vacation.
Well one should plan for that when visiting others. Or if I am in that financial situation, I would offer to pay for the hotel room.

The money one would save on a place that is smaller would give them plenty to cover the cost of a hotel room for a visiting family member.
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:47 PM
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Well one should plan for that when visiting others. Or if I am in that financial situation, I would offer to pay for the hotel room.

The money one would save on a place that is smaller would give them plenty to cover the cost of a hotel room for a visiting family member.
Good grief! So if you can't afford the hotel, and your host can't afford it, just skip seeing each other for, well, forever? What is so awful about putting someone up in your own home that the alternative is to just never see each other again? And you know as well as I do your last sentence isn't true. There are plenty of pricey condos in d/t Denver, as in the downtown of every city. I'm saying in excess of $1 mil. http://www.highgarden-denver.com/CO/...condos/1000-0K Some of these have only 2 BR, 1 Bath.
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Old 07-17-2014, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Good grief! So if you can't afford the hotel, and your host can't afford it, just skip seeing each other for, well, forever? What is so awful about putting someone up in your own home that the alternative is to just never see each other again? And you know as well as I do your last sentence isn't true. There are plenty of pricey condos in d/t Denver, as in the downtown of every city. I'm saying in excess of $1 mil. Denver Colorado Condos for Sale | $1 million and Up Some of these have only 2 BR, 1 Bath.
I haven't had any issue with it, and I prefer staying at hotel rooms when I visit. Not sure why this is such a big deal for you. Not everyone needs to let their entire family stay with them whenever they come to town.

My last sentence wasn't being specific, I am sure a roomy 3-4 bedroom in downtown Denver costs much more.
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Old 07-17-2014, 02:28 PM
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I haven't had any issue with it, and I prefer staying at hotel rooms when I visit. Not sure why this is such a big deal for you. Not everyone needs to let their entire family stay with them whenever they come to town.

My last sentence wasn't being specific, I am sure a roomy 3-4 bedroom in downtown Denver costs much more.
I think this is one of these issues of some people not having any idea how the "other half" lives. It seems you cannot imagine someone in a living situation that they can't afford several nights in a hotel/motel at $100+/night. There are a lot of people in such circumstances, who still might like to visit their families.

There are some 3 BR+ condos on that list, up to 5 BR I think in the million plus category. The point is, the cost of the house is not always directly related to its size, so to say that the money you save by having a smaller home would give you, the host, extra money to pay for a hotel/motel is simply not true in every case. It's especially untrue if you live in a pricey "hipster" area.
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Old 07-17-2014, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I'm having bad luck trying to sell or rent my previous house. Most people who look at it, complain that it's too small. (3BR, 1BA, 900 s.f.) Having spent most of my childhood living in 2BR 1BA apartments, and part of a family of 4, this is frustrating.

When I was looking for my project house, I wouldn't look at anything over 2500 s.f. (this was difficult in the neighborhood in which I was looking)
It is the the bathroom situation. One isn't really enough for more than 2 people. Especially if they all need to get ready at the same time. When I was a kid we had 2.5 bathrooms for 4 people, that was OK. But when we moved to a bigger house, we had the same number of bathrooms, but our "kid bathroom" had dual sinks. It was a game changer, because we could both use the bathroom at the same time.

If you could find away to add another bath, I am sure selling would be a lot easier. These days people want a private adult bathroom (preferably with 2 sinks) and another bathroom for guests and kids.

My dream apartment for myself would have 1.5 bathrooms lol! Then guests can use the half bath!

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Well, by computer I meant more like "office". Many people use a desk for the laptop. One rule of thumb with raising kids is "never wake a sleeping baby". Many people don't like to ask family to use a hotel.

Your mom is probably about my age. Wait 10 years and get back to me about putting her on an air mattress.
I think my parents are a little older than you. My sister has an air mattress, and they used it and said it was comfy actually. She sleep on it for a year till she could get a proper bed and mattress in her apartment.

The really nice air mattresses are pretty good actually! Its the cheap ones that suck.
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