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Old 08-19-2010, 10:08 PM
 
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I was reading this article and am so glad the McMansion trend is out! I'm also curious how large a home (in SF, please) my fellow CD'ers own. And what your ideal home size is if you're hoping to downgrade or upgrade.

I'm in a 2200SF 4BR home right now. It's larger than what I want now but considering my family will likely grow to a family of 4, it will be just the right size.

Death of the 'McMansion': Era of Huge Homes Is Over - Yahoo! Finance (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Death-of-the-McMansion-Era-of-cnbc-1051033821.html?x=0&sec=topStories&pos=4&asset=f44 0023187ad530c8b0cf2f731f8f2f2&ccode= - broken link)
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:14 PM
 
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New Jersey never got so many of these "McMansions" as most of the country did. And I am happy for it. They almost always seem tacky in North Jersey (you see a McMansion in a neighborhood of cape cods and it just doesnt fit)
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:23 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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I'm in a 700 SqFt 1 bedroom APT.
The more people demand overly large homes, the less this world is supposedly "thinking green"
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:26 PM
 
Location: NJ
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People have short memories. We'll see them again.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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YAY!!! I hope this McMansion fad is really dead and soon-to-be buried. It's just about "keeping up with the Joneses" is all. This philosophy has been very persistent in its presence in US American culture. Why do some people feel the need to spend and live beyond their means?

IMHO, I'd rather live in a small apartment than in a big house. Some of it is the college experience here talking. Generally, I do not like large houses. I don't even like sleeping at my parents' house...creaky noises creep me the freak out ...and their house (technically a duplex) is by no means big. I have no idea what size the house is in sq. feet.
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Old 08-20-2010, 05:03 AM
 
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Our house in NJ was just under 1,000sf, plus around 400sf of finished space in the basement. Our current house in GA is 2,260 sf, plus another 750 that we just finished in the walk-out "terrace level" (can't really call it a "basement" when it's just as finished and just as open as the upper floors, right???).

What's my "ideal size"? Once the kids are out of the house, I'd say we'll probably look for around 1,200-1,400 sf of house, and 2,000-3,000sf of garage/shop.
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Old 08-20-2010, 06:21 AM
 
Location: NJ
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including finished basement it's somewhere around 3100 sq ft. i wouldn't catagorize my house as a mcmansion by any stretch. in some respects, i feel my house is too big, i hate cleaning it, paying to heat it, paying to cool it. a larger house = larger utility bills and larger tax bill too - no thanks.

ideally i'd like to sell my house, but something smaller and cheaper, and get a shore house....it's on the list.............

bob, can you walk into your basement from the front? if so, then yes I'd say terrace level. if not, i'm not sure it's as open as your upper levels? part of it is underground, no?
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Old 08-20-2010, 06:28 AM
 
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What I hate most about the McMansions is that the houses are often disproportionately large to the lot that they stand on.

I am in a two-bedroom, 940 square foot condo. It's the right size for me. I work long hours, hate housecleaning, and don't really require a lot of space. I try not to accumulate too much "stuff".

I am long divorced and only have to worry about space for my cats and for my daughter when she's home from college. I have no desire for a big house.
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Old 08-20-2010, 06:34 AM
 
Location: NJ
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What I hate most about the McMansions is that the houses are often disproportionately large to the lot that they stand on.

I am in a two-bedroom, 940 square foot condo. It's the right size for me. I work long hours, hate housecleaning, and don't really require a lot of space. I try not to accumulate too much "stuff".

I am long divorced and only have to worry about space for my cats and for my daughter when she's home from college. I have no desire for a big house.
In my town, there are a lot of McMansions, but most of them sit on lots 1+ acre - so are they indeed McMansions?
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Old 08-20-2010, 06:36 AM
 
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Great post...living in North Jersey I agree with the sentiments. McMansions are too big, and ugly (IMO), and don't fit into the modest neighborhoods built in the forties/fifties. I live in a classic forties home that was built at the end of WWII, which we expanded and upgraded, but it is still smallish by today's standards, and I am so glad it's not humongous. Kids are off to college, and what would I need a huge house for? Plus, with taxes as they are in NJ, I don't need higher gas, electric, etc.
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