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    Posted July 30, 2012 by
    Federal Heights, Colorado
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    Living in small spaces

    Coming Full Circle

    n 1959 my Father purchased what at the time was one of the largest and most expensive mobile homes on the market. That was a 10 X 55
    Smoker Aristocrat brand mobile home. It had 3 bedrooms and 1 bath. At 9 years of age I also thought it was H U G E. But by the time I was 21 I
    was ready to leave home and move to larger quarters.
    Each time I bought a house it contained more floor space - until I topped out at almost 1800
    sq ft and that for a single lady with no kids other than 2 cats.
    One day I started looking around me at all the stuff I had accumulated and made the decision to down size and "dump the stuff". By that time my mother was moving to assisted living and I purchased the Smoker Mobile home
    from her. One good thing about it is my dad had purchased a lot and a half of land so along with owning the mobile home I also own the land and an over sized 2 car garage.
    That all being said - to answer your
    question - is it possible to live large in a small space - if you mean can you keep your stuff when you downsize - the answer to that is NO. But
    can you live sensibly, comfortably and inexpensively in a small space the answer is a resounding YES. By downsizing I was able to retire at 60 years of age, take time to relax while I obtained my real estate license, and work on proposals to have the minimum sq ft size zoning
    requirements changed so that people can live in a tiny or cozy home without being pushed in to an aging trailer court, rv park or something similar. I love my life style now - and really enjoy the
    challenges and the people that working in real estate brings my way each day! My cozy home lifestyle is awesome!
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