We downsized during ds’s senior year of college. Went from a 3,500 sq ft house (had previously had a 4,300 sq ft house) to a 2/2 935 sq ft condo. We have since upsized to a 3/2 1,650 condo which has been just the right amount size-wise.
- less stuff
- less space to clean
- no yard to maintain
- ease of lock and go
- no state income taxes
- less space for guests
- I miss having a dog*
- moving away from where ds grew up
- higher property taxes
*N.B. Our building allows dogs/pets, but without a back door that opens into a yard for letting a dog go do his/her business without my walking them, I am not going to have a dog. That’s just me.
The thing I would point out is that there is a difference between less stuff and less space. To me, less stuff is always a positive. Less space can be more challenging.
The 2/2 was just fine for the two of us. And, while cozy, even with another couple coming to visit it was adequate. However, that wasn’t workable when my mil and ds came to visit at the same time because they couldn’t share a bedroom with a queen sleeper sofa in it. One of them had to be outsourced. That only happened once a year for TG. So, keep in mind who would come and stay with you when thinking about number of bedrooms/beds, etc. The 2/2 was fine when a couple or single came to stay with us, however. Again, we didn’t want to maintain a ton of space that we truly only needed once or (maybe) twice a year.
We moved away from the area where we had lived for a long time and raised our ds. I miss those friends. There is something about being around people that were in your tribe as you raised your family. We had friends in the area we moved to as well, but ds no longer gets to go, “home.” He is in that area now visiting friends and couch surfing. We’ll meet him in a few days at my mil’s house for TG. I know his life would be easier if we still lived in the area where he grew up, but it wasn’t his decision.
We do have to pay a pretty high HOA fee, but we live on the beach in Florida and a huge chunk of that is for hurricane insurance for the building. Just be sure to see what that cost is and understand what is and is not included in that fee.