Space vs. Location

Monday, April 6, 2015

"Location, location, location" is what I've always heard. Aristotle Onassis, once the wealthiest man in the world and husband to Jackie O., said "Live in an elegant building in a good location – even if you have to take a room in the attic." I suppose all this comes down to what you prefer emphasize as important in life: possessions or experiences (although I suppose living in your home is also an experience of sorts...). Personally, I prefer experiences outside my home. Whether you want to live in the heart of a big city or right along a beach, these are both indicative of the kind of lifestyle you intend to enjoy.

Some people prefer to have a lot of space to themselves, and may have to sacrifice the "where" for the "what," and I totally get it. Their sanctuaries extend beyond simply a place to sleep and eat. This may be where you spend a lot of your time, and you have tailored it to act as a one-stop-shop. Here, you may have a pool, a big yard, a big dining room for hosting parties, and so on, and this all does sound lovely. It is just a different way of life. Now, of course, if you can have all of these things and be in your ideal location, then you have hit the jackpot and this all may not even apply to you!

It's just interesting to think about what your ideal living situation includes, and what is at the top of the list. I personally don't like to own too many things at one time (except maybe clothes.. muahaha, other than that though, not much), so I don't mind having a small apartment. Even if NYC isn't my ideal place forever, I am just the kind of person, I think, who would pay more to live in a location that allows me to be out and about as often as possible.

I've been thinking a lot about this because my lease is almost up and I've been apartment hunting like mad (happy to say I found one!). The whole time I kept asking myself "is this all worth such and such amount of money? It's not even that much space!" The thing is, you really don't end up spending much time in your apartment here. You mostly just sleep and get ready to go out in it. So yes, if you think that sounds like a good time, it is worth it. Priorities!

What do you think? Would you live in a tiny space and lead a relatively minimalist lifestyle in order to be in your ideal location? Or would you prefer to have a large amount of space to decorate and use yourself, but you would have to live a fair distance from your favorite places? I've heard both sides and am interested to hear why you feel how you feel!



  1. Hmm... I'd say if I was looking for my forever home I probably would care about the house itself more than if it were close to my favorite places. I don't think I'd need a huge house but the saying, "Home is where the heart is," speaks to me. When I think about it, I grew up in a beautiful house far from the center of my town. It'd take about 15/20 minutes or so (which is a while in my small town) to get to all of the popular places. I remember that house holding a special place in my heart... my bedroom, the meals I'd have with my family, and birthday parties. Home is where you're most comfortable. Your home is the place you watch your family grow and develop in. If I was just looking for a place to stay in right now in my 20's I'd definitely chose a smaller place that's close to the "hot spots".
    Since you're getting a smaller apartment will that make your living situation with Cole & Bree uncomfortable or are you becoming like a "real" adult couple and moving just you and Dylan? Either way I hope you really enjoy your new living situation & that it's close to all the great vegan places ! (:

  2. I live in NYC too and my lease is ending in a month and this has been on my mind too! I used to live somewhere in midtown and I hated it so much, but now I live in the west village and I am so much happier. You're right, location is everything. I live in a much smaller apartment but the area is so nice and there are many things to do nearby so it is definitely worth it.

  3. Hi Dayna, I was wondering if you could post something on your favorite stores to shop at? I really admire your sense of fashion, thank you!

  4. I used to live in a big, chaotic city in Asia, but I moved to France now and I must say that the change is quite similar to a slap in the face! We had a small house and now we live in a bigger apartment, I guess it all depends on preference, but I'd rather live a minimalistic lifestyle in my ideal location even if it's a small apartment. We don't really do much in our home except and spending time outside, whether it is in a coffee shop or at school is far more entertaining than sitting at home doing nothing. However if I had enough money one day, living in a big apartment in my dream city wouldn't be that bad. ^^



By Dayna Frazer