Originally Posted by Piobaire
I admit to having my sense of proportion altered since I was a young'un. Families with six or more kids in 1100 sq foot homes, with only one bathroom, was pretty common.
It's not uncommon for a family of 4 to live in a 1000 sq.ft. apartment 1300 is considered spacious and anything above 1500 is large. It's not uncommon for single people to live in 600 sq.ft. apartments, I even know people with children who live/have lived in something like that. I knew a guy years ago who bought an 800 sq.ft. house for him and his wife, kid and dog.
The biggest apartment for sale in the city at the moment is 4100 and there's maybe 40 apartments in the market above 2000 sq.ft.
I have been looking for quite some time now for a house above 1800 sq.ft. but they are close to impossible to find and 2000 and over are in the 2 million range and higher. The 2 mill ones are terrace houses with on street parking.
Originally Posted by otc
Figure in the apartment, you are also cutting out certain things that often take up space in a house like home gyms, laundry rooms (although in-unit is pretty standard in new construction now), and no need for a big furnace, AC, water heater, etc.
As piob said, garages, basements etc. aren't included in registered living area, neither is anything with a ceiling height below 160cm. (in Sweden they don't count bathrooms, kitchen and room with a ceiling height below 180cm)