The Upside of Downsizing

SeattleIn 2011, Jane Johnson doubled down on downsizing. She sold her 5,900-square-foot home in Seattle’s Broadview neighborhood and moved into a 600-square-foot one-bedroom condo in Belltown with a fireplace and patio.

While she’s sacrificed 90 percent of her former living space, she says she doesn’t feel that she has given up much. She can still entertain at home in an open-concept kitchen/living area, just as before. And she swapped her former view of the Olympic Mountains for patio views of Elliott Bay and Olympic Sculpture Park.

Though she no longer has a home gym or driveway, she works out in the building’s fitness center and parks her car in its garage. She uses the amenity room for large-scale entertaining, and stows her spare stuff in on-site storage.

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Authored By Jane Hodges – See the Full Story at the Seattle Times

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