The Fat Hydrangea

Cleveland, Ohio

Downsizing in the City

Sara B2 Comments

I mentioned in my last post that we did not see our current house as our forever home. Most likely we'll stay in this house a few more years, and then eventually buy somewhere bigger in a better school district in the Cleveland area. Of the places we'd ever be willing to move to (the list is short!), one that keeps coming up near the top of our list is Chicago. It is kind of fun to imagine what that would be like, because it would be SO different than our current lifestyle!

If we ever did move here, I think we would definitely want to live in the heart of the city. We love the idea of being immersed in a community where you can walk to work, school, parks, shops, etc.

The one aspect of this scenario that both scares me and appeals to me is the idea of downsizing. I absolutely love the idea of simplifying our lives and getting rid of a lot "STUFF", but I'd be terrified of feeling like the walls would be closing in on me by moving to a place with so much less square footage! That being said, my must haves for an apartment in the city would include:

  • Open floorplan ( I actually define this as open floorplan with elbow room/breathing room.. Some places technically have open floorplans but everything is SO condensed and tight! That would be hard for me)
  • Lots of windows and natural light (a nice view wouldn't hurt either!)
  • High ceilings
  • Close to an awesome park and walking/bike paths

Overall, I love the idea of a loft style of apartment with exposed brick, high ceilings, and an industrial style. It is completely different from what we have now, but totally appealing nonetheless! I've actually wanted to move our style away from the traditional style of our current house and make it a little more modern and masculine anyway (Living with three boys can do that to you!)

What do you think? Could you ever move from a 2,500 square foot house in the suburbs to a 1,000 square foot apartment in the city?