Poll: The ideal lot size I would like to live on is…

The ideal lot size I would like to live on is...

  • 3,000 square feet or less. (7%, 10 Votes)
  • 3,001 to ¼ acre (10,890 sqft) (31%, 45 Votes)
  • over ¼ acre to ½ acre (22%, 31 Votes)
  • over ½ acre to 1 acre (10%, 14 Votes)
  • over 1 acre to 5 acres (15%, 22 Votes)
  • over 5 acres (15%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 144

This poll was active 03.03.2013 through 03.09.2013

About The Tim

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market.


  1. 1
    toad37 says:

    Ideally it would be a nice yard but not so big that you’d need to hire out help. I picked option #2.

  2. 2
    David B. says:

    The smaller the lot, the less yard work to worry about, and the more things that can be an easy walk or bike ride away, so I picked No. 1.

  3. 3
    Blurtman says:

    I’ve lived on 10 acres. It ain’t too bad. You can walk around nekked in the house with no worries.

  4. 4
    wreckingbull says:

    The larger the lot, the larger the attack surface you have for the taxman. Best case scenario? If you want space, find small acreage which is surrounded by larger farms or open spaces.

  5. 5
    Peter Witting says:

    I’m on 5 acres surrounding by 5 to 20 acres parcels. It’s in the country, so it isn’t like there is “yardwork” to do, although I have a tractor to mow the horse pastures as needed. The biggest drawback is the high cost of good fencing.

    Now if I lived in town, a half-acre would be about right.

  6. 6
    Swintony says:

    The voting categories seem rather skewed towards country living. If you’re in the city, there is a huge difference between 3,000 sq ft and 5,000 sq ft, and between 5,000 and 9,000 sq ft. Arguably, much more difference than between an acre and half and acre. A level 9,000 sq ft lot in most of Seattle’s close-in neighborhoods would be positively obscene!

  7. 7

    I live on slightly larger than half an acre. When we bought the place 14 years ago, moving from our house on a 5k sq ft lot, I was thrilled to be getting a lot more space to garden. But as I was in the garden today with my pick, doing back breaking work removing grass, it dawned on me that a smaller yard would be a good thing. Not so small that one couldn’t have a big veggie garden, but 23,000 sq ft is a little too large for a fat, out of shape old guy. I voted number 3. Closer to a 1/4 acre would be great.

  8. 8
    Chuck C says:

    Although the majority of my current 1/2 acre lot is “forest” and requires no maintenance, I do have some lawn. Sometimes I wish I had even less lawn. OK, I usually wish I had NO lawn, since by this time of year it’s usually just moss anyway. But tree roots and septic systems don’t mix well so I’m stuck with grass in a few areas.

    Still, I voted for 5+ acres. Of course I wouldn’t want to pay tax on that property without an exemption, but I elected to ignore that part of the equation for our hypothetical question. I suppose the best way to go (IMO), would be to own an acre or so (low maintenance of course) which backs up to a few thousand acres of state/federal land. From personal experience (childhood, in another much less populated area of the country), there’s nothing like being able to jump on your ATV or snowmobile and head out from the garage into the wilderness. Maybe someday again when I reach retirement!

  9. 9
    redmondjp says:

    RE: Ira Sacharoff @ 7 – Ira – they make a better tool for getting rid of the grass – it’s called a roto-tiller! Rent one for four hours every spring and save your back.

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