Downsizing in Franklin, MA--Is Bigger Better?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker, Franklin,MA/508-369-5131 9017020

Well it seems that everywhere people are talking about downsizing their homes.  More often I get calls from Franklin, Massachusetts sellers who years ago wanted larger but now only think of simplifying their lives.  The nightly news reported that within the past year the average U.S. homeowner has been opting for between 200-500 less square footage in their homes which is a first since home sizes have been rising since the 1950s.  People do not want to spend on or maintain a huge manse of a home anymore and the McMansion developments are having great difficulty finding buyers.mansion

 

Google lists thousands of entries under the words "downsizing your home" and there are countless books on the subject as well.  As I looked further into this subject I found a company called Tumbleweed Tiny House Company that designs and builds both "small" and "tiny" homes.  They explain that the tiny houses are on wheels and as such are considered travel trailers which do not require a building permit.  The "small" houses are a minimum of 120 square feet of living area, are not on wheels and are designed to meet International Building Codes.

 

This is an intriguing idea to pare down one's possessions to a bare minimum and move into a small home where one lives fully with only the necessities.  I think I could handle this but only to a point--the person who lives in a house the size of my bedroom and has every section allocated to its particular function is hard to fathom.  I really do not want to mix my bathroom and kitchen duties within the same 5 feet!  (Although I still laugh at the Seinfeld episode where Cramer decides to save water by scrubbing his vegetables at his feet while he showered.)

tiny houseHere is their site with photos:

http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/houses/

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Kathy Stankard of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage can beCB logo reached by cell at 508-369-5131 or via email

Kathy has been a top producing REALTOR since 1996 helping buyers and sellers in the Franklin, MA and metrowest of Boston area.  Feel free to check out her website for more resources and information.

 

 

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Joan Whitebook
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Wow -- now that is tiny... a bit too tiny for me.  I think the minimum would be about 1200 sq. ft... I like a little space.

Nov 01, 2009 07:34 AM #1
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Barbara Todaro
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Kathy.....nice post....everything's relative.....bigger is not better according to jennie craig.......however, one room housing is called prison, isn't it????  that's punishment....

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Many people are downsizing in most local areas. Great post

Nov 01, 2009 07:51 AM #3
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Joan--I agree.  It is interesting though to think about what you really NEED...

Nov 01, 2009 08:01 AM #4
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Barbara--Prison may not be all bad--3 square meals, a gym, and the law library plus the huge workout yard...  I used to work there when I first came out of grad school!

Nov 01, 2009 08:03 AM #5
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Harry--It sure is interesting to witness the changing trends...

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Harry--It sure is interesting to witness the changing trends...Thanks.

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yup....there's nothing like a happy prisoner!!!!

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