Three years ago, when their youngest child was 15, Paula and Paul Loftus ran the numbers, and, after a brief analysis, foresaw that this child, too, would very likely finish high school and go away to college, just like his older brother and sister.
And that meant one thing: They would be left with too much house.
The table in the home’s eat-in kitchen can extend to accommodate many guests, eliminating the need for a formal dining room. (Marni Jameson)
Now, we all know that crossing the gap between knowing and doing is like Evel Knievel jumping the Snake River Canyon on skateboard. Thus, most empty nesters default into staying in the family home for one of three reasons, or all of them: 1. Denial (The kids love this home; moving would break their hearts.) 2. Complacency (Moving is too much effort. This house is so full of everyone’s stuff it would take dynamite and a backhoe to get us out.) 3. Fear (Where would we go? What would we do with the leftover furniture?)
Last month they traded their 6,000 square-foot, six-bedroom home of 17 years for a 3,200 square-foot, four-bedroom, with a 1,000 square-foot basement. They sold, donated or tossed more than half of their household contents.
Two weeks ago, my husband and I had the honor of being their first dinner guests.
“After the home tour, I settled in the seating area next to the big open kitchen, opened my laptop and popped off some questions.
Paul, a business consultant, sees nothing but upside. “We got rid of our micro-economy and all that went with it,” he said referring to the former home, which sat on more than an acre. The new home is on a quarter acre. He estimates their monthly household expenses will be a third of what they were.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle