Pros and Cons of a tiny space for four people
July 30, 2012 7:49 AM Subscribe
Can anyone in the MeFi world talk me out of making the horrible mistake of buying a home that is too small for our needs? Or, at what age will sisters kill each other if they have to share a bedroom?
posted by pandabearjohnson to Human Relations (49 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We currently live in a 72 m2 (785 sq. ft.) 2-bedroom apartment in Cannes, France. I have fallen in love with the idea of an even smaller 68 m2 (732 sq. ft.) 2-bedroom apt that is being built immediately next door to my kids' school. We have two kids (both girls) ages 3 and 5, so a 2-bedroom currently works for us. But I don't know how long we can keep them in the same bedroom.
The existing 2-bedroom is in the city center and has no garden or green space. The prospective 2-bedroom is in a 1 hectare (2.5 acre) wooded park. It will have a terrace of about 20 m2 (200 sq. ft.) on one side and 10 m2 (100 sq. ft.) on the other side. It is immediately adjacent to the girls' primary school. If we move there they can walk out of the gate of the apt grounds, walk 20 feet up the sidewalk and into the gate of the school. To me this seems invaluable (they will go to that school until they are about 11 - 12 years old).
But, it really only makes sense to buy the new place if we live there for at least 10 years. By that time the girls will be teenagers and well fed up with sharing a room (I presume).
Can anyone tell me any horror stories (or success stories) about attempting to live in a tiny space w/ teenage girls? Will the wooded park setting of the apt take any of the strain off the claustrophobia of the living space?
Preemption: Renting at the same location is not an option and we can't afford a 3-bedroom place in that neighborhood.