My favorite shelter blog, Apartment Therapy, recently asked this question and got, of course, some terrific and inspiring answers.
I’ve lived since 1989 — much to my shock — in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in the suburbs of New York. I didn’t plan on any of that; the plan, with my then husband, was to stay for a while, then as our incomes improved, move into something larger, probably a house. But he was gone within a few years and I’m still here.
Yes, there are times I long for a second room, an office, a guest room, a second bathroom, a backyard.
But it offers some things I really like:
lovely landscaping, with mature trees and a gorgeous Japanese maple right outside our front door
a pool and tennis court
a northwest view of the Hudson River impeded only by the tree-tops, from the top floor
our balcony, all 80 square feet of it
lots of light
the only sounds are raccoons, hawks, birds and the occasional coyote
our lovely newly-renovated bathroom, with a handmade copper sink we scored in Mexico for $32 and hand-made tile we bought in Paris
watching all sorts of river traffic
on July 4, being able to watch the fireworks from six towns at once on both sides of the Hudson
best of all, (not the home itself), I can be in midtown Manhattan within 45 minutes’ train or drive
What do you like best about your home?