Thinking Big—and Small: 700 sq. ft.

Trend: Square Footage

It’s not just the size of the home, but how the square-footage is used. More space can accommodate an expansive master suite, which may appeal to a couple or be used for additional bedrooms,which could attract multigenerational families, says Irvine-based real estate agent Michael Dunn. “It all depends on lifestyle.”

Home size and rooms that meet specific needs are the primary factors in 65% of buying decisions, according to a recent National Association of Home Builders study. So while some buyers may find everything they need in 1,000 square feet, others might require 15,000.

This 1940 Laguna Beach cottage on Scenic Drive may have just one bedroom, one bath, and one car garage- but it has an ocean view. The one-story home with vaulted ceilings and Dutch doors has an eat-in kitchen with tile countertops and flooring. A brick patio offers room for an outdoor living space.

Kelly Boulger 714-633-0693

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