When Does a More Expensive Home Cost Less?

While it may seem counterintuitive, it’s true; purchasing a more expensive home in an urban neighborhood could actually wind up costing you less than a home with a smaller price tag in the suburbs.

In more ways than one.

That’s largely because of the high cost of transportation. When shopping for a home, many people who choose to live far from the core and commute to city jobs often neglect to factor in transportation costs.

The ever-increasing price of gas is not the only consideration. Regular maintenance, higher car insurance rates due to the longer drive, simple wear and tear, and vehicle replacement costs all need to be considered when calculating the cost of living far from where you work.

Given that suburban living also typically requires the use of a vehicle for everything from taking the kids to school to quick trips to the grocery store, you could also be looking at adding a second vehicle.

Whereas city dwellers – who benefit from better transit options and from being within walking distance of many amenities – may get by with one car or none at all.

Something else to consider if you’re weighing the pros and cons of urban versus suburban living: according to research, health benefits – such as lower rates of obesity, hypertension and diabetes – are associated with the increased physical activity (primarily walking) that comes with being a city dweller. And that could translate into both lower medical costs and a longer, healthier life, which we’d all agree are priceless.

Latest Trend Offers Mom Her Very Own ‘Man Cave’

Okay. So maybe “man cave for mom” isn’t a term that’s likely to catch on. But whether you call it a “girl grotto or “lady’s living room,” having a private space set aside strictly for the woman of the house is very trendy.

After all, what female today wouldn’t want a room of her own – far away from the hustle and bustle of the family – no matter what it’s called?

Indeed, “she-suites” are the latest fad in interior design, so they’re a trend you might want to consider if you’re in the market for a new home or are sprucing up your current house before putting it on the market.

Whether they’re located in a spare bedroom, a den or a blocked-off corner of a finished basement or decorated in the frothiest pinks and polka dots, antique lace whites or rainbow shades of French meringues, such spaces tend to be both feminine and functional.

But the ways they’re used by the women who inhabit them vary as much as the women themselves.

In her room

Most rooms-for-her include workspaces that are appropriate to the room’s use, such as desks for studying, writing and paying bills or large cutting tables for avid sewers.

Made-to-order storage space is a must and can include everything from craft cupboards for the passionate scrapbooker to the artist’s supply closet.

The room should be pretty, well lit and inviting. And above all else, it needs a door for privacy.

Increasingly, women are enthusiastically participating in social media; through sites such as Pinterest, where users can pin photos to an online inspiration board, they are sharing ideas and finding motivation for new forms of creativity.

Having a place to put all that imagination to work is not a luxury anymore.

Now if we could just figure out what to call it.