I knew I wanted to give my 2-1/2 year old granddaughter a doll house for Christmas this year. After looking at just about every doll house there is for months, I decided on this one based on good reviews and age appropriateness (for example, a Barbie house can wait a few years). She has never been one to put things in her mouth - maturity wise, in many ways, she is more like a three year old - so I wasn't too worried about any small parts/choking hazard. Any very small parts that come with separately purchased accessories remain attached by a cord which is a really great idea for young ones who might put small objects in their mouths. Also keeps them from getting lost.
She spends hours playing with this house and begs the rest of us to join in so we are able to have some great, quality time using conversation and imagination. She hasn't gotten around to all the possibilities - yet. So I foresee this product being well-loved for a long time! For her birthday in May, I intend to get the other house so we can play at being neighbors.
The house, dolls, and furniture seem very sturdy. I bought a living room set, parents' bedroom set, dining set, kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room, as well as the motor home and a little sister. Yes, they are a bit pricey and add up, but they are well-constructed and will last a long time. You get the quality you pay for which beats buying cheap junk that breaks quickly. We also are playing with "the guys" - small Elmo, Bert, and Ernie toys - small Dora figures (I am not that pleased with the Dora toys as they don't sit down or stand well - but she doesn't mind), a tiny My Little Pony in this house. The figures can also ride the My Little Pony train, and the Sesame Street school bus which expand our little doll playground. All the dolls also swing in her baby doll swing together. It's really cute!
I didn't give this house five stars for one simple reason. It's a big house but the rooms are really small for the furniture packs. All the contents of any package of furniture does not fit into one room together, i.e., there is room for the parents' bed, but nothing else, the refrigerator and one other piece will fit in a room but not the third piece. Well... they fit but there is no space left. My granddaughter doesn't mind, but I wish it was more proportionate.
She only stays with us part-time so it was nice to be able to stuff everything in the house and neatly close it up.
This was a wonderful choice.