I was thinking ahead to winning the lottery and saw this gem that could do in a pinch.
..but with dwindling stock accounts and no job (as yet) for me, this might be more in line with the reality of the 2016 economy.
I think it comes down to one basic question:
How Much House Does One Need?
I see space as a true luxury, a luxury that only comes with being able to afford it all – and by afford I mean where the cost of keeping up a house and yard doesn’t interfere or make a blip in your overall financial goals, like saving for retirement or helping the kids etc.
I’ve always had houses that are larger than I need. Maybe it comes from a mentality that bigger is better or that bigger says you’ve made it? I’m not sure.
When the kids flew the coop, I downsized considerably, to this home, a modest 1930s cottage. We use the downstairs only when none of the kids are here and quite honestly really only use two rooms – the Master Bedroom wing and the combination kitchen and breakfast room, which also encompasses the office where I am sitting now.
But I still find myself drooling over 7500 square feet homes, 8 and 9 bedrooms, sprawling lawns or oceanfront….there’s something in me that still wants that, even though I don’t NEED it.
As most of you know, we’ve chosen to downsize in Rhode Island too, giving up the family big home to a sibling of Mr. EOS’s who wants the responsibility of keeping up a rambling old house that’s only half heated. The Carriage House is teeny tiny by comparison, but will be easy to manage, easy to close the door and fly off to Jamaica, easy to heat, and just right for us.
Then I see a house with THIS kitchen, and the big house envy starts all over again….
Bottom line though, I’d be very hard-pressed to actually buy a huge home again today, even with my lottery winnings. But ask me again next week, okay? That is if I haven’t flown to Barbados in my chartered private jet! Who me, a hypocrite? 🙂