Energy Costs May Begin To Influence Home Size

Some younger families and retirees are choose to "downsize" their homes. The decision comes with several lifestyle benefits.
May 24, 2006, 1pm PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"The average size of a house in the U.S. increased from 1,905 square feet in 1987 to 2,450 in 2005. Still, some home buyersâ€"young families as well as empty-nesters and retireesâ€"are deciding that bigger isn’t always better. Here’s why four families started thinking smaller:"

  • Less Financial Stress
  • Less Maintenance
  • More Freedom
  • More Comfort

    The article also includes a summary, "How Big Is Too Big?" of recent decisions by local governments to restrict large houses or lots and encourage smaller-sized development.

    Thanks to Ashwani Vasishth

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    Published on Sunday, May 21, 2006 in Parade
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