Why I don't own a house

I can't afford a house AND furniture. Pretty much, that's the main thing that kept me from buying a house. Plus a few other things...

1. I live in a high-cost-of-living city. Anything that I would be able to afford would be in a far-flung suburb.

2. If I had to move to far-flung suburb, that would mean I would have to buy a car.

3. If I can't afford to put furniture in the house, I damn well can't afford to add a car note, insurance, and all the other nonsense.

4. Saving and buying a home would have meant putting off saving for my retirement.

5. It would also have meant a downgrade in lifestyle.

6. I'm happy where I am right now.

Probably simplistic thinking. But sometimes the right answer comes very easily. And for me, it came down to "I can't afford it."