This man lives with his five young children in a 1,050-square-foot condo

February 1, 2017
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Adrian Crook Adrian Crook, a video game design consultant, lives in a 1,050-square-foot condo in downtown Vancouver with his five kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. The apartment is a two-bedroom converted to a three-bedroom with two bathrooms. Crook, who is 41 years old, has chronicled his lifestyle on his blog 5kids1condo for more than three years. He knew staying in the condo was the right decision, even if it seemed heretical at the time, he said. He has often heard kids can’t live in condos because they don’t provide enough space — and that parents need to expand their living arrangements after one child. To compare, the average new home in the U.S. is 2,687 square feet, which is 1,000 square feet larger than it was in 1973, according to Washington, D.C.-based think tank American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. The average household family size in 2015 was 2.5 people. Crook rents his condo, and helped form Abundant Housing Vancouver, a group dedicated to fighting for more housing options in his area. The vacancy rate for rental apartments in Vancouver was 0.7% in November, according to Georgia Straight, a weekly Canadian paper. Meanwhile, if he were to buy his condo, it would be at least $1 million, he said. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. This is the future of air travel, says KLM's CEO (2:06) Pieter Elbers, CEO of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, talks to MarketWatch about how digital technologies are changing the landscape of the global airline industry. “My generation, we have a lower standard of living than our parents,” he said. “And our kids will have a lower standard of living than we will.” Here are five ways to consolidate (and downsize) your...

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