I placed a large order from nova natural for Christmas. UPS lost the package but without enough time to replace it before we leave to head out of town I went out and bought replacements for the toys in the order at a local natural toy shop. I don't think nova should lose business from UPS's mistake so I'm going to get a dollhouse with the money from the order. I can't decide which one. Please don't take the cost into consideration, I'd rather get the best one for our needs than worry about the price. It's for a six year old girl and almost five year old boy and should last long enough for our younger boy and girl to use as well. It will likely see as solid 8-10 years of continuous use. We have plenty of room for either one.
Pros: open and easy to get dolls and furniture in and out, classic design, two staircases, doesn't take up much floor space
Cons: could be top heavy and easy for our toddler to tip over and could be dangerous when the baby starts pulling herself up on it, kids have to sit next to each other to play and could 'cross paths' which could cause bickering, there are lots of rooms which would need lots of furniture (we only have a few items now), there is no door (ok, not a big deal), would likely not ever be viewed by the kids as anything other than a regular dollhouse, takes up wall space
Pros: more attractive, two kids could play at once on opposite sides, has a door, not as much furniture would be needed, could be seen as more than just a regular house, doesn't take up wall space
Cons: rooms don't seem as open, no stairs going from second to third floors, takes up floor space