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Posted by Rona Fischman March 5, 2009 02:53 PM

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Marcus asked:

Rona, do you ever ask your clients what their absolute fantasy neighborhood would look like? I'm not talking about picking from existing neighborhoods; I mean describing what you wish you could find--the type and size of house, the neighbors you'd meet, the amenities nearby, how you'd spend your time. It can be an interesting question, as long as you can steer discussion away from pure money per se.

OK, Marcus, you are on! I don’t ask my clients, but I will ask my readers…

Dear Readers,
If money were no object, where would you live? What would your house look like? What would be around it?

Today, let’s talk about density. How much crowding is too much crowding? How much space is too much space? If you could live anywhere, would you choose city life, or would you want 100 acres between you and the next house in town? Is suburbia to best of both worlds?

How near would you be to your neighbors? Are you in the same building (apartment/townhouse style)? Can you see the house next door? How big is the lot? How big is the town center? How many people live in the town?

This is not about compromise. You can make up this place. It can be a little town that is very near a big city. It can be a big city with a mountain nearby. It can be a perfect suburb that is close to woods and to the city…this is your fantasy.

OK, I'll go first. I am a city girl; this place can be in the middle of a city or close to it. I want to walk to everything I need. I want an apartment with a view of the ocean. In the middle of the building, or deeded to it, I want a small greenspace (10,000 SF will do. Think Gramercy Park.) The apartment has a private deck or roof space that seats 8 or more people. There can be lots of people in the building with me, but at that fantasy price, I won't hear them coming and going.

Please stick to density and location. I don’t want the comments to get really long. We will talk about other aspects of the perfect home in other entries. I will run “fantasy house Thursday” as long as readers are interested in it.

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