My American Dream hasn't been down-sized.
My husband and I live in California, in a fairly large city (500,000+).
My husband is active-duty military. I am a stay-home wife. We just entered our 40s.
We own a lovely, 2,700 sq ft home in a very nice neighborhood, with a swimming pool, on a 1/4 acre lot.
Own. Not mortgaged, but owned.
Why? How? Because over the years we have made wise choices, and lived frugally, and saved. And, thanks to the blessings and benevolence of the Lord, we achieved that mythical "American Dream."
If people find it too expensive to be squooshed into a City like San Francisco, they should move. I did.
"We own a lovely, 2,700 sq ft home in a very nice neighborhood, with a swimming pool, on a 1/4 acre lot."
Good for you. You're living the American dream. Pollls show that 80% of Americans want that American dream - a home, on an acre, with a white picket fence and a garden in back, or some variation such as your home.
You're also in the vanguard of reclaiming our property rights. Many states passed Kelo reform this past election. The more property owners we have, the more property rights people demand. In many areas the smarxist growth purveyors are on the run. We are seeing federal district and state courts re-establishing our property rights.
In Michigan, the state supreme court shot down the state's Kelo land grabs. The court made it known to municipalities that it will not tolerate any land grabs from bureaucrats or thieving politicians.
In Utah, a federal district court ruled that counties are sovereign and the federal government may take no action in those counties without the county government's approval.
We're on a roll thanks to the increasing number of private property owners and have the legal tools to crush the Marxist land grabbers and crooked government manipulators.
Congrats on living the American Dream. The left would say you have MORE than your share of wealth and want to make you live in a shack like they do in the large cities.
We live in a small suburb of Austin, and have a couple more years on our loan. I'd like to pay it off, but the interest rate we got on the 15 yr loan was too good to pass up.
There is no way I could live in a large city again. Been there - done that. The commute is about one hour, but I'll take that over the liberal city government. The wife doesn't work at a paid job, so she stay busy doing housework.