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How small is your condo?

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RSXPrem wrote:
Mar 4th, 2019 8:39 am
Speak for yourself, both my wife and I are young professionals and we cook at least 6 times per week. This setup would never work even for some of the most basic meals. Eating out is generally way less healthy than a home cooked meal.
Again... said young professional... not professionals.

Clearly you and your wife are now a family (maybe not I dunno) so clearly it may or may not suit your needs.. in which case you would need to find a bigger unit.

Many people in Toronto in finance and accounting and marketing are early to late 20s and unmarried so the need for them to have a 1000 sq ft unit is a bit much... of course if they can afford it (and some can) then go right ahead, if you can’t then a simple 500 Sq ft with a simple kitchen setup will be good enough.
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My condo is 750sqft and it's way too much space for 1 person. 600sqft with a good layout is more than sufficient.

Space isn't the issue - quality of life is. I look at guys living in the houses in the suburbs spending hours a day sitting in their cars commuting back and forth and just can't imagine how terrible that must be. Complete waste of life.
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johnsmithy wrote:
Feb 28th, 2019 11:08 pm
I use to live in a 400 sq. ft. (20'x20') loft with tons of light when I was single. Tiny kitchenette and small bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. It was awesome and perfect.
What happened after the wedding?
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Ya, ppl are kinda spoiled in N Amer. I came from a HK apartment a tad over 500sqft (usable) and never thought it was small, in fact, it felt big and was for their stds; it was even a TWO bedroom haha. The designs are more efficient generally-speaking and they have their priorities, e.g. my bathroom and kitchen were smallish but the other rooms were quite 'big'.
The richest 1% of this country owns half our country’s wealth, 5 trillion dollars, one-third of that comes from hard work, two-thirds comes from inheritance, interest on interest accumulating to widows and idiot sons, and what I do.. <find the rest>
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I live in 600 sq. ft. and I find it to be enough for one person. The layout of smaller condos makes a huge difference. I was at a friend's with the same about of space, but different layout and I felt boxed in. Mine is completely open concept (except for bedroom, laundry room and bathroom) so the I have a U-shaped kitchen with room for a dining set, a desk and a 3 seater sofa all in one place.

Most of the 600 sq. ft. condos I see being built these days (and some of the 500-ish) have a den - either with a door or not. I can configure my space the way I want it in the big room, so it feels less boxed in, even if I don't have the 9 foot ceilings.
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Apr 15, 2017
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I currently rent a tiny ~150 sq ft studio apartment in Montreal for near $700 per month,
because I am a frigging cheapskate and paranoid about my job earnings prospects for the future.
I have experience corporate consultancy layoffs before (RE: 2010 wall street market crashes).
Oh well, a poor man gonna poor! LOL. Living a simple life is easier to manage :)

Don't worry too much about me though, I am aware I am still much better off than orphans in very poor or war torn regions like Africa / Afghanistan ... etc.
It's all in one's prospective eh?
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deathmander2002 wrote:
Mar 6th, 2019 9:13 pm
I currently rent a tiny ~150 sq ft studio apartment in Montreal for near $700 per month,
because I am a frigging cheapskate and paranoid about my job earnings prospects for the future.
I have experience corporate consultancy layoffs before (RE: 2010 wall street market crashes).
Oh well, a poor man gonna poor! LOL. Living a simple life is easier to manage :)

Don't worry too much about me though, I am aware I am still much better off than orphans in very poor or war torn regions like Africa / Afghanistan ... etc.
It's all in one's prospective eh?
150sf is barely even a bedroom size. $700 seems ridiculously expensive for that in Montreal.
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Jun 4, 2013
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Used to live in a 505sq ft one bedroom apartment. Is actually big enough for 2 people because of the layout. There are no hallways and not wasted space with a full size gas stove and fridge too. The only thing that's bad is there are no bedroom door. If they fit a bedroom door the place would really be small and a sliding door would be weird.

Sold it and move into a 825sq ft 2bed 2bath apartment and I feel some of the space are wasted. The 2nd bedroom is just empty as I don't use it. But having 2 bathroom is nice when guest comes over. Also there are more space to store my clothing so I don't have to put away clothing in storage locker.

Even with 505sq ft apartment I have inited over 10 people over for dinner with no issue. space is a bit tight but it works.
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1100 square feet 2+1(other units rent as 3 bedroom) and 1.5 bath with reasonable (~60cent per sqf fees). We purchased a while ago...

5 minute walk from Union Station.

Don't want a house. Love the condo and the lifestyle (and saving the massive time/financial cost of commuting).
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spintheblackcircle wrote:
Mar 8th, 2019 12:05 pm
1100 square feet 2+1(other units rent as 3 bedroom) and 1.5 bath with reasonable (~60cent per sqf fees). We purchased a while ago...

5 minute walk from Union Station.

Don't want a house. Love the condo and the lifestyle (and saving the massive time/financial cost of commuting).
1100sf is a nice sized condo.
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Chickinvic wrote:
Mar 7th, 2019 12:31 am
150sf is barely even a bedroom size. $700 seems ridiculously expensive for that in Montreal.
Yes $700 for 150sf may seem overpriced, but location location location ... right near Montreal downtown core with plenty of restaurants and shopping centers nearby, which I can easily go out for anytime I want.

Anyways regarding how I manage: the unit I have has no separate wall / room divider except for a small bathroom near the front door. No divider means more flexible space: no divider even between the main room to the small kitchenette containing 4-electric plate stove and fridge. I brought my own cheap microwave.
All I have is a easily-movable single mattress, a big table with my laptop, small dining table, a tiny wardrobe drawer used for books & documents storage too, and still have extra room to store a bike or two. All I need for home entertainment is laptop and books - internet & electric * heat all included. Who needs a big TV when you can have netflix/ youtube/ web TVs ? Smiling Face With Sunglasses
Also my "backyard" would be just going out to nearby big parks & the big Mont Royale, anytime when I need my dose of nature.
Of course I live alone there with no pets - I would think this is too small for anybody more.

The downside is super thin wall, I can easily hear my neighbor talk, etc. That is why earplugs are essential.
I still think this is better than living homeless as street hobos!
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deathmander2002 wrote:
Mar 8th, 2019 3:01 pm
Yes $700 for 150sf may seem overpriced, but location location location ... right near Montreal downtown core with plenty of restaurants and shopping centers nearby, which I can easily go out for anytime I want.

Anyways regarding how I manage: the unit I have has no separate wall / room divider except for a small bathroom near the front door. No divider means more flexible space: no divider even between the main room to the small kitchenette containing 4-electric plate stove and fridge. I brought my own cheap microwave.
All I have is a easily-movable single mattress, a big table with my laptop, small dining table, a tiny wardrobe drawer used for books & documents storage too, and still have extra room to store a bike or two. All I need for home entertainment is laptop and books - internet & electric * heat all included. Who needs a big TV when you can have netflix/ youtube/ web TVs ? Smiling Face With Sunglasses
Also my "backyard" would be just going out to nearby big parks & the big Mont Royale, anytime when I need my dose of nature.
Of course I live alone there with no pets - I would think this is too small for anybody more.

The downside is super thin wall, I can easily hear my neighbor talk, etc. That is why earplugs are essential.
I still think this is better than living homeless as street hobos!
I don't know how you stand it. Sounds not much more than a jail cell to me.

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