My wife and I found a near perfect house. Good schools, neighbors we already know, and it has plenty of room for our family of 4. The problem, location. Although the house is only 9 miles away as the crow flies and 13 miles away via surface street, a co-worker who lives in the neighborhood tells me the commute in a car can be anywhere from 30 minutes to well over an hour. Probably not as big of a deal to me on a bicycle since I would probably filter past a lot of the stop and go stuff, but for my wife who drives the commute is a deal breaker.
So now everyone thinks were nuts staying in a place that like the grinch’s heart is two sizes too small instead of just putting up with the crazy commute time. It never ceases to amaze me what people will put with just to get a bigger home. To me two hours extra a day with my family is a lot more valuable than a 1000 extra square feet.