Are We Living In Homes That Are Too Big And Becoming Antisocial?

Real Estate Agent with Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN

Monday Night Quilting always brings about some interesting topics of conversation.  Sometimes we solve world problems, like war and hunger.  Sometimes we talk about the price of cotton and fabric.  We also wonder why we can't have quilt fabric manufactured in the USA!

But last Monday night we talked about our move as an American society to act more like an individual, and less like part of a family or community.  What does this have to do with Real Estate?  Are we living in homes that are too big and becoming antisocial?

  • the number of bedrooms, and just "room" in a home has increased because kids are more likely to have their own bedrooms instead of sharing
  • the need for more spaces to "be" at home, such as more family rooms, more bathrooms (yea!) more eating areas, more decks, more garage spaces
  • quilters definitely need more room, I do remember sewing for hours on the dining room table, thank goodness those days are gone

fun groupMost of us in our group shared a bedroom with our siblings.  We concluded that it taught us a bit more about sharing, getting along, working things out.  I can remember dreaming of my own bedroom, and I finally did when I got older, but I had to walk through my sister's bedroom to get to mine.

We have many more single people who live alone, and there is a good chance that this could increase.  The social benefits of having a room mate ( because you don't have a spouse) might be better then we like to admit. 

It's interesting to me that there is a move by my parents generation to move to a "community" of people with similar interests.  Even if the whole room mate idea isn't appealing, the idea of living in close proximity to others, having a meal or two together, exercising together, demonstrates the appeal of community.

This concept of groupiness, may be harder for people who have spent years trying to be alone and private, to enjoy the longer life ahead.


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Wanda Thomas

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Comments (3)

Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Wanda, multi-generational living may be a trend that is coming back. Builders are offering homes that are a "home within a home." Groupiness living may be a way to cut living expenses, although it may not appeal to everyone.

Mar 22, 2012 02:03 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Hmmm...really thoughtful points, here!    Thanks for sharing this with us.

Mar 22, 2012 02:04 AM
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May 19, 2012 09:36 AM