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Tips for Determining How Much Space You Really Need in Your New Home

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When you have a growing family, it’s easier to know when to move to a bigger house. But once the kids are grown and starting families of their own, it can be more difficult to know what’s a good-sized house for your current lifestyle.


If you’re considering downsizing to something more manageable or thinking about moving to a senior living community, this blog post will help you figure out how big your house should be. We’ll also discuss what you should look at when you’re evaluating senior living floor plans.

What Size Senior Living Apartment Do You Really Need?

After spending years, if not decades, in the same house, your view of how much space you need could be skewed. To help figure out the senior apartment home size you need, ask yourself how much of your current space do you actually use? And how many rooms do you have that you only enter to clean? Here are some additional questions to ask yourself to ensure you find the best options:

How much square footage do you need? 

Senior living apartments are thoughtfully laid out to maximize efficiency and storage. So when evaluating a senior apartment floor plan, don’t compare its square footage to what you have now. Because you’ll more than likely be able to fit more into a smaller amount of space. 

What’s going to fit into your new space?

For an idea of how much space you may need, measure your current furniture. This will help you visualize how to arrange your belongings. This will also help you determine which pieces are “must haves” and which you can donate or pass on to friends and family.

Do you like to entertain?

If you enjoy having friends and family over, you may want a larger living room and kitchen or an extra room for overnight guests.

What are your hobbies?

Will you want a designated space for an office or hobbies? Before you decide, see if your senior living option offers a fitness center or space for arts and crafts.

Do you want to bring a pet?

If you have a furry family member, you’ll want to check your potential community’s pet policy. In addition to making sure your pet has enough space for their needs, you’ll also want to make sure the community has space for walks and play.

Will you need extra storage? 

In addition to checking the size of your senior living apartment’s cabinets and closets, see if your residence has room for or if there’s additional on-site storage available for things like seasonal decorations.

How an Independent Living Community Can Expand Your Living Space

While considering your lifestyle options, it’s important to choose a community that has the features that fit your active lifestyle today. At Cypress Village, we have a variety of floor plan options available. Regardless of which one you choose — like a one-bedroom senior apartment — you’ll have access to our 120-acre wood campus with walking trails and private lakes and a whole lot more, including:

  • Dining and full-service bar: For those times when you don’t feel like cooking, let our talented culinary staff do all the work in one of our dining venues. You can also meet friends in our bar for drinks.
  • Arts and craft studio: Explore your creative side in our studio by taking a class or just working on something on your own. 
  • State-of-the-art fitness facility and heated indoor pool: If staying active is important to you, we feature a state-of-the art fitness center and heated indoor pool. Take a class or create your own exercise routine. 
  • Recreation and relaxation: Enjoy our boathouse and fishing dock or relax by our koi pond and meditation garden. You can also pamper yourself in our beauty salon and nail spa. If you enjoy a little competition, we have a bocce ball court, croquet court, 9-hole putting green and billiards room.
  • Maintenance-free living: Perhaps the best part about Cypress Village is you’ll have the freedom to enjoy what our campus offers. While you enjoy life, our staff will take care of all the indoor and outdoor maintenance. That also means you won’t need space for yard tools and most cleaning supplies.

Enjoy a Larger Life at Cypress Village

When you’re ready to see how big your retirement lifestyle can be, come to Cypress Village. We have a variety of one-bedroom floor plans — including the Key West and San Pablo — that offer the perfect blend of value and opportunity. To learn more, contact us here. If you’re ready to move, here are some tips for selling your home.