Second time downsized, but this feels better.
About 7 years ago, spouse and I downsized from 2,500 square foot 3 car garage, lanai, pool -- TO -- a second floor condominium 2 Bedrooms, 2 baths (less than 1,100 square feet) in community age 55 plus.
We lived there two years but quickly realized that it was too much of a downsize for us. For example, we now had a carport rather than garage. Neighbors are closer (below, above or next to you). Steps were challenging when carrying all food downstairs to use community grills for BBQ. So we decided to return to a single family home in a deed restricted community.
Three bed., 2 baths, 2 car garage with a private backyard with pond (about 1,500). Perfect fit! Have extra room when grandkids visit. Walk five feet to own first floor lanai to sit in own hot tub or to grill or take dog outside. No more getting wet walking from carport or multiple trips up and down steps for unloading groceries and best of all, have wonderful neighbors.
Now at age 60 and 62, we found a perfect home to retire in.