considering downsizing to townhome.. worth it?
everything listed above.
As someone who currently lives in a townhome (me, dh, 2 little kids, and baby due next month) Our 2-bed townhome is misery. (about 950 sq ft as well) We've simplified, but if you plan to have more than one kid, you need to make sure you'll have enough physical space for them to get their energy/sillies out. I long for a home with a fenced in yard that I can just let the kids out into. Sure we have communal courtyard areas, but they're tiny and surrounded by parking and retention ponds, and it's not as easy as it seems to just swing by the playground with 3 kids on different schedules. I'd say the noise/smell issue from neighboring units is comparable to apartment living, too.
We were hoping to only live in a townhome for a few years when we had just a newborn, but now we're trapped. townhomes seem to have higher forclosure rates so the values in our neighborhood are horrid... our place is worth about half of what we paid for it a few years ago.
It's also perfectly fine to live a simple and/or minimalist life without a closet-sized home. Empty space can be a vital element to one's happiness and sanity.
well enough personal ranting. Just some things to consider if you plan to expand your family anymore.
We are in a similar situation--we bought a 1,000 sq ft home as a starter home. Now we can't sell it for what we owe because there are so many new construction homes all around that are newer and bigger in the same price range.
1,000 square feet is just not big enough! It was ok with a toddler and just us, but now that we have a 6 year old and 2 year old it's way too crowded for them to spread out and play, homeschool comfortably, and so on. With a third baby on the way we're starting to panic a little. We don't even have room for adequate dresser space for everyone and the closets are so tiny!