I saw a statistic quoted on Twitter this morning that 11 is the average number of homes lived in during a lifetime. On a quick count up, I’m already at 21, and I know I’m not living in my forever home yet.
My family was not military, but we were transferred to a new location with my father’s work every 2-5 years – it was simply an accepted part of life. Counting up, so far I’ve lived in…
- 7 houses (multi-story properties)
- 9 flats/apartments
- 5 bungalows (single story properties)
- 3 sharing with fellow renters
- 9 owned or rented (by me)
- 10 owned or rented (by my parents)
There’s some overlap in those figures, but what it does show is a predominance of single story properties when you combine bungalows and flats/apartments. The total splits exactly – with half being my homes, and half my parents’ homes.
It’s interestingly that my siblings have all chosen to live in the more normal multi-story option, while I’ve retained a strong preference for ground floor, single story properties, and would need a great deal of persuasion to live any other way.
While it’s clearly a practical option as one ages, I only consider that aspect to be an added benefit. I have absolutely no desire to live in a flat/apartment on a higher floor – despite the potential benefits of having a balcony and a better view. Films like the Towering Inferno may have played a small part, but having to lug bags of groceries up multiple floors when there’s no lift/elevator (or when it’s not working) is a far greater factor in my decision. In truth, a ground floor flat/apartment is only an acceptable alternative to a bungalow, which is really my preferred option.
For this decision is not an entirely practical one, for the plain truth is that I just like bungalows better. Whenever I daydream about my ideal home, it’s always single story. I suspect it’s due to the fact I spent my childhood years in the tropics where bungalows were plentiful. It’s when and where I was truly happy, it’s where and when I felt most at home. And in order to recapture that same inner sense of home, I find I’m drawn to that style of living.
How many homes have you lived in so far? Are you living in your ‘forever home’? Do you have a preferred style of home?
© Debra Carey, 2022