July 12, 2013

I’m a little confused as to how The Post can describe a 3,100-square-foot House of the Week home as “compact” and “built to be the epitome of efficient living” [“Green living and energy efficiency are right at home in Arlington,” Real Estate, July 6].

For comparison, from the 2011 American Housing Survey, we can easily see that the median square footage of a housing unit is only 1,700. The median for new construction is 2,200 square feet. 

So how is it that a new home that is roughly 40 percent larger than the median for other new homes is implied to be small?

Gregory Watson, Arlington