Posted May 7, 2012 @ 8:26 PM
Moving *is* expensive, and if you have to move more often than every 5 years or so, it's probably more economical to rent. That being said, not everyone can afford their "forever" house the first time around, especially in an expensive city like Toronto.
SpaghettiJimmy, I suspect the whole "3 properties" thing is staged. I know on some of these other shows, they include the place that the homeowner has already purchased, plus two others for contrast and to give the show some element of "suspense". In this case, Alicia had probably already decided on the small city condo, and they took her to two places further out to show the difference in what she could get.
But, living out in Missisauga or Oakville or Brampton or Newmarket or wherever, and commuting into Toronto every day, is a lifestyle choice that doesn't appeal to everyone. It has a lot of drawbacks: you're stuck living a car-only existence, you have to deal with rush hour traffic for hours a day, and you're living in the land of superstores and strip malls.
Our North American concept of how much space a person "needs" is really warped; I agree that Baby Zara probably will want her own room eventually (and that can be created in the plus-one in the place Alicia bought with a little creative renovating). But in the US in 1950, the average home had 286 square feet per person; by 2000 that had increased to an average of 847 square feet per capita. The average person does not NEED 847 square feet of their own space. Contrast this to the rest of the world, where people regularly live in much smaller spaces.