Standing in line in a coffeeshop in downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia, I overheard two women, presumably fairly well-off, having a conversation behind me.
“So, do you live downtown?”While this is purely anecdotal, my eavesdropping made me wonder how many people are out there like this – folks who make their housing decisions based on relationships or social standing and merely tolerate having to live in a large house with a large lawn because they perceive this as the only option available to them.
“No, I live out in Spotsylvania County.”
“Really? So do we, but our house is way to big for us, especially after the children have left.”
“Yeah, we feel the same way. A few years ago we actually moved into a 3-bedroom house right down the road from us just because it was smaller.”
“We’d love to move too, but I don’t know how to downsize and stay in the same neighborhood. The people are what make the place, you know.”