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Old 13.12.2011, 10:50
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Re: How important is your living space to you?

For me living space is number one. My wife and I really wanted to live in a place where it was quiet, in the mountains and had amazing views. We pay for it, believe me, but it's worth it. If you are not satisfied with you living quarters, you have no place to enjoy. If work sucks, and home sucks, life sucks. I always feel that no matter how bad a work day has gone, I can drive up my steep windy road and look out my windows over the lake and the alps and all is better.
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Old 13.12.2011, 11:03
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For me living space is number one. My wife and I really wanted to live in a place where it was quiet, in the mountains and had amazing views. We pay for it, believe me, but it's worth it. If you are not satisfied with you living quarters, you have no place to enjoy. If work sucks, and home sucks, life sucks. I always feel that no matter how bad a work day has gone, I can drive up my steep windy road and look out my windows over the lake and the alps and all is better.
If your profile pic is taken from your back garden then I most certainly agree with you!
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Old 13.12.2011, 11:15
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Re: How important is your living space to you?

I need to be within 15 minutes from the city centre by public transport. Otherwise I feel isolated.
Actually, we are still mourning our flat in Gdansk (Danzig), located in the heart of the old town, overlooking St Mary’s Basilica and a quaint cobblestone street. I think I’ll cry like a baby when we sell it one day. I don’t like impersonal spaces and I have an aversion to white walls and angular modern shapes. Glass and metal give me shivers.
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Old 13.12.2011, 12:04
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Re: How important is your living space to you?

We pay a (small) fortune for our place. It is an OK location in a very good community. We are 5min walk to 3 bus stops - and 27mins door to door commute.

It is a big, spacious, modern, warm appartment - with a bathroom each, a study each - and fits our furniture and lifestyle.

At weekends we have the house - the complete opposite - smaller rooms but lots of them - a big old rambling house over 4 floors - with low ceilings - and plenty of work to keep it looking good.

Both fit what we want - a modern place for the week - something with character and space for the weekend.

Take either one away and I'd be a different person.
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EDIT: for the hard of thinking, the car is just an example, the point I'm trying to make is that on a fixed budget, if you spend less on housing, you can spend more on other things which improves your quality of life. The question is then, how much improvement in quality of life do you get from marginal spend on accommodation versus on other things?
Instead of spending the difference, why not save it up and upgrade later on?

After renting a less expensive places in our early 20s we wanted something nice to spend our well deserved savings on and enhance our life. We were thinking about having kids and I wanted more outside space and my other half wanted his own space (and ended up with a man cave). Location (5 mins walk to the town and now our work places), natural light, a nice outlook and peace and quiet are very important for me.

We lived for years having to escape where we lived for some quiet time, a few hours of sunshine or a nice evening out with a view. If you can get those things at home that has got to enhance your quality of life substantially. No amount of "stuff" or designer handbags can beat being able to enjoy seeing the mountains when I open the curtains or relaxing at home with the kids (or after they are in bed).

If you have a nice place, you'll save a lot on dinners out or having to get out of the house to meet up with friends. Holidays are a problem though - they always seem a step down!
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Old 13.12.2011, 14:56
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Just looking at accommodation now and am seeing a wide variety of prices. I can get a small studio at dirt cheap prices, or luxury apartments for monthly rents that exceed my monthly salary!

It made me think about how high on the list should accommodation be? After all, a few hundred saved a month would be equal to the financing of a car. So would you prefer a slightly better apartment or a lesser apartment but with a car?
A living space is very important but it is just that - a space to live in. I recently moved into an apartment half the size of the old one in order to save 1000CHF a month. The extra money enables me to open a guitar school and buys me time to get it profitable without big overheads.

Hopefully my quality of life will improve because of this even though the apartment is smaller and in a not so nice area. Nothing has to be forever, so maybe downsizing now, enables me to go bigger again later.
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Old 13.12.2011, 15:01
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Re: How important is your living space to you?

I've been living in the arse of the world (though 40 min train commute to Zürich HB) for 3 years. I chose this place because it was biiiiiig for a Zürich apartment, and cheap enough to allow me to spare money to travel (and now buy a better place).

I put a lot of value in the living space itself (the area is irrelevant most of the times), but I won't bind myself to pay for my home with sweat and blood. I have other priorities!
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Re: How important is your living space to you?

In my opinion an apartment doesn't have to be big to be nice. With some creativity (and paint), you could transform an ugly place into something really nice!
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Old 13.12.2011, 15:14
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In my opinion an apartment doesn't have to be big to be nice. With some creativity (and paint), you could transform an ugly place into something really nice!
There is a difference between nice and a well-sized apartment for your needs.

No matter how much beautiful paint I use in my place, I won't get the drawing table inside a 7m2 room...

To me, size matters.

I'd rather live in a ugly big house in the middle of no-where than a pretty little miniscule apartment in the city center. Ugly has a solution. Small usually doesn't.
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