For decades many of us have believed that “Bigger is better” when it comes to all sorts of physical attributes, possessions, cars and houses. Those of us who are physically or materially endowed a little on the smaller side have made ourselves feel better by telling everyone that “all good things come in small packages”. But in actual fact, research in to this long debated subject shows no, size doesn’t really matter; it’s what's inside that counts.
This is particularly true when it comes to properties, as online home swapping website Love Home Swap reveals with their diverse portfolio of home exchange offerings. Home Swappers are a community of property owners looking to make the most of their humble and not so humble abodes by swapping them with other property owners in different locations around the globe. The proud owner of an “escape everything” home set in a Napa Valley vineyard can, through luxury home exchange schemes, experience a change of pace by taking part in a House Swap USA. Love Home Swap feature properties of all shapes and sizes throughout the world. The smallest property starts with a studio in London’s favorite Covent Garden and amongst the largest properties with 10 bedrooms is a Baroque style chateau in Czech Republic.
Two Californian properties show us why sometimes small is sleeker and big is beautiful.
Small and Stylish
In popular and busy cities like LA, high rise living is accepted as the norm and the price of an apartment is equal to that of a large house in the distant countryside. One of the benefits of staying in a small and stylish apartment in a city environment is that it perfectly suits the busy way of life in the city.
Open plan living makes it easy to get to each area of the apartment, be sociable when entertaining (especially when cooking!) and sleek modern designs mean the minimalist look helps to deter clutter, keeping things clean and bright.
Ultimately, staying in a smaller property allows guests to be closer to the city action. It’s much easier to go out for the evening and enjoy restaurants and nightlife with a carefree attitude when you only need to stroll a few blocks to get home. During the day, a quick walk to the beach and being part of the LA crowd will really help that vacation vibe kick in.
Large and Luxurious
Swapping life in the city for a property surrounded with luscious green leaves and traditional décor is the perfect way to relax and unwind. It provides a chance for the whole family to take a vacation together. Cold steel and granite is exchanged for warm soft woods and open fires, a family pool and the sound of nothing but nature.
Life in Napa Valley follows a much more relaxed pace. It’s likely that a vacation in the country, when compared with a city break, will provide more opportunity for relationship building, quiet reflecting and family bonding. Most large homes have a least one great room to relax in, many have a library or cinema room and all have a great sized kitchen for family dining and gourmet cooking.
So, does size really matter?
It’s what you do with it that counts. If you want a fun filled, in the thick of it city break small and stylish is for you, or if you’re looking for some family downtime large and luxurious is the way to go. And as for physical attributes, that one’s still open for discussion.
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