Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc.  - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)

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Evelyn Johnston
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I have seen 640 square foot homes that I could live very nicely in.

Jan 18, 2015 05:26 AM
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Praful Thakkar
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Well, about 1,200 sq ft? May be less Joan Cox .

Actually I was raised in a family of 5 in 230 sq ft in India! So I am asking for too much....lol!

Jan 17, 2015 08:15 AM
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Gabe Sanders
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Without my wife, I could easily live in 500 sq. ft.  With my wife, I need 3,000 sq. ft. minimum!    

Jan 17, 2015 06:03 AM
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In 1850 you lived outside and went inside to sleep. Inside was the 'other' place.

In 2015 you live inside and go outside to go to anohter place inside. Outside is the 'other' place.

The former could do a family of 8 in 400 SF.

The latter can't do a family of 4 in 1700 SF.

How small could I go before I become a headline? 725 SF.

 

Jan 16, 2015 11:47 PM
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Sybil Campbell
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If I never had guests I could live in about 800 square feet with only one bedroom.  Of course it would be hard to entertain in such a small house.  I currently live in 2260 square feet with three bedrooms a formal dining room and separate office and living area.

Jan 18, 2015 10:47 AM
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Gita Bantwal
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Interesting question. I sell to seniors looking to downsize and find they often buy homes as large as their previous home.

Jan 17, 2015 11:39 PM
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Nina Hollander
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I've lived in less than 500 square feet when I was a graduate student--but wouldn't be looking to repeat it!

Jan 17, 2015 10:53 PM
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Joan, incidentally, I showed a number of 880-1000 SF homes today.  Some were cute as a button and especially with some additional outdoor space very workable for one or two people.  Others were not, it all depends on the layout!

Jan 17, 2015 10:55 AM
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Bill Dandridge
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I live in a house in Durham, NC now with a touch less that 1300 square feet. There are a total of twenty legs in our house as well (four humans, one dog, two cats). This space is really tight, and our next house will be about 50% larger. Our situation is helped, though, becuase we have a front an d back yard that we can extend our living in. Or, at least, we had a usuable back yard before we added a puppy to our family this summer...

Jan 17, 2015 10:13 AM
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Bob Force (REALTOR®)
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I like and agree with Gabe above.  I have like comfortable in 635sq ft before getting married.

Jan 17, 2015 07:55 AM
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Karen Crowson
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We're considering a downsize to 2000 sq. ft. now that our kids are all grown and gone. I have a home office and entertain a lot, so that seems like the right size for our next setp. I think it all depends upon your when and family situation. My folks (in their late 80s) are in 1100 for a 2 bedroom. I think I could do that at some future (WAY future) date. 

Jan 17, 2015 01:51 AM
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Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
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We just have two cats and a dog, but we also run two businesses out of our home.  A tiny house just wouldn't work, Joan.

Jan 17, 2015 01:37 AM
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Dennis Swartz
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When i was working in Atlanta and travelling I lived in a hotel for a month at a time, and I actually was okay with that. Helped the weather was good and I worked a lot.

Jan 17, 2015 12:09 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Joan,

We like a bigger spaces, presently we have 2000 square feet, and we find it small.  We both like to move around and more space.  I admire those that can live in small spaces.  We like to spread out.  A

Jan 16, 2015 11:48 PM
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Ron Marshall
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I like this question, Joan....and wrote a post about living in 200 square feet.  Most people thought that was too small.  I like the 800 square foot houses, but I don't think I could even do that!

Jan 16, 2015 11:29 PM
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Dipti Thakkar
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There are no tiny homes in our area.

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Bob Crane
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When out on remote projects I can stay in a minivan for months, but my home is fairly large, yet not quite big enough at times.

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Shannon Uhr
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My parents have a cabin on acreage that is 640,but because of the open layout and loft, feels MUCH bigger. I could do 640 if it were just my husband and myself. OH, and my mom hosted Thanksgiving there one year for 17 people and it was fine!
Jan 22, 2015 06:28 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sybil Campbell it would be difficult to entertain in these small houses.  Cannot imagine living in 400 sf.

Jan 18, 2015 10:51 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

 Bill Dandridge sounds like you need more sf for all the legs in your home.   

Jan 18, 2015 10:13 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Praful Thakkar I could not imagine living in 230 sf especially with a family of 5, holy molies.   

Jan 18, 2015 10:12 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob Force (REALTOR®) thank you for responding, and thought Gabe's comment was classic. 

Jan 18, 2015 10:09 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gabe, that is hysterical, are you saying your wife needs all the room?

Jan 18, 2015 10:09 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Karen Crowson that would probably be as small as I would want to downsize too as well.   

Jan 17, 2015 02:06 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Suzanne McLaughlin I cannot see two companies, two people and animals all out of a small place, you are right! 

Jan 17, 2015 02:05 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dennis Swartz I have many clients that live out of a hotel much of the time, and you were lucky to have good weather, and not get stuck inside with little square footage. 

Jan 17, 2015 02:04 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

R & A - I know these tiny spaces are not in my near future, I currently have 3600 square feet all for myself.

Jan 17, 2015 02:03 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Annette Lawrence Interesting to see how people view these tiny houses.  Think as long as it is not a primary residence, it could work.

Jan 17, 2015 02:02 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ron Marshall as I age, knowing eventually I will need to downsize, and the thought of 800 sq ft is scary, let alone even smaller! 

Jan 16, 2015 11:47 PM