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Am currently sharing a fantastic apartment with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a view over lake Geneva and mt Blanc. We are paying about what we would pay for two smaller places with less light and no view and with space we can get away. Space for guests and to get outside...but it is true that it is odd to retreat to the bedroom in one's forties. In reality it is only possible because we have known each other for years, in two countries before this, and because we know that it is temporary. Both up of us are single and travel a fair bit so there is space...and I am in the process of rebuilding an old house in France which will be mine, to share with visitors as I choose...also it helps that daily costs are not an issue. Good wine and smoked salmon can be shared without counting and we get to spend time with an old friend for a short window.

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My "senior" cousin rents out two rooms in her home in Portland, Oregon. She has been doing this for years. It pays the mortgage, they have become friends, and she travels a lot so they protect her home while she is gone. It helps that they all go to the same church and are near in age and all single female. But my sister in her 60's has recently found a house share...each pay half and share a whole house. She has much more space now than when she rented her own home. And rarely sees her roommate. Depending on expectations, house share can work well. I think sharing my home with my husband and son is even more difficult...they just "take over" the house!

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I would recommend buying a duplex. I have not done so, but it has crossed my mind. As long as you make sure the other person isn't noisy, dangerous, a deadbeat or a hoarder, if you don't become friends it doesn't matter. If you do, bonus! That way, you still have your own space not limited to just a bedroom and don't have to worry about schedules.

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