If I were to move out of my parents house (which is quite cozy, safe, and comes with the generous rent charge of zero dollars and zero cents) there would not be much point into living in a big house right away. A bedroom, living room (with a desk area to work at), washroom, and kitchen would be all that I would require at this stage in my life. Unless I were moving out with other people… the extra space would be unnecessary.
That said… I’ve lived in a house my entire life. I have never lived in an apartment before. It would be an interesting change of scenery. I might love and I might hate it. I won’t know until I have tried it.
A house. I love having a backyard and a garden and a patio and all that stuff that apartments just don’t have. Which is why I now only live in old houses that have been converted into a few apartments – I get a lot of the perks of houses without the price or the maintenance.
A house because of no shared walls with neighbors. A yard is only a concern because of my pets. I’d much rather have a small secluded house with nature all around for me to go out of the house and explore. Where I live now then going outside feels like punishment.
A house! I lived in an apartment for a year and liked it a lot but it was just with my daughter. Other than that I’ve always lived in houses. Apartments in the south always have roaches. I don’t care what the rent is, they still have them and I cannot live with ..you know.
I grew up in a house, transferred to college dormitories (which make an apartment look really good), and then lived in various types of urban apartments for years as a young adult. Eventually I moved into the house I’m in now with my husband. I never liked living in an apartment; I was always bothered by the sounds of neighbors above, below, and beside me, and I longed for windows on all four sides. But when it becomes too hard to take care of a house and yard, an apartment may be the answer.
Never far from the ground, though, I can tell you that. No 23rd-floor city view for me, ever.
I wanna live in @Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard‘s house, too. Or, one like it if his is getting too full. :)
I live in a historic part of town, in a century home myself, and some of the architecture in my neighborhood is absolutely stunning. Makes me a little jealous.
I love my house. I have lived in both over the years, and the house is by far the best deal. The closest thing to it was a nice duplex in Santa Barbara, which had most of the amenities of a house, with most of the headaches.
I like my big townhome. People are close by but I never hear them and rarely see them. This works well for me. Also, I need to be able to sleep upstairs. Sleeping on ground level is creepy to me—been sleeping upstairs since 1971. I don’t want to have to care for a yard either. I think I’m in the right type of home right now.
A house. The only thing about the apartment I live in that’s great is that I don’t have to do the outside maintenance; no repairs of the plumbing or electricity and I don’t have to shovel in the winter. We have porters and gardeners and so on here for all that.
Always a house. I hate the idea of landlords/body corporates in apartments and complexes – i don’t know much about apartments, but complexes have bc’s and so decisions can be made and money spent (by you) that you would not otherwise have necessarily spent.
A house is always yours, all of it, and everything you do to it is within your sole discretion. Plus, apartments and complexes have neighbours far too close for my liking, i like the space that a house with a yard has to offer.