Families Becoming Closer Than Ever in Their Own Home
After purchasing a new home, the last thing that buyers want is to spend weekends doing yard work or exterior maintenance. Who has time for that? Instead, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), “Today’s new home shopper looks for self-sufficient homes.” They want to be able to spend more time with their families and friends. That’s why low maintenance living has become so popular with all demographic groups from young families to active adults. After all, who really wants to work on the weekend?
One home builder that caters to this trend is Windsong Properties. The builder’s communities of active adult ranch homes have professional landscapers that take care of mowing, weeding, trimming bushes, edging sidewalks, cleaning up debris and even raking leaves. Additionally, storm drain cleaning and pest control are taken care of for the home owners. Priced from the $200,000s, communities include Bel-Aire in Powder Springs, Garden Street in Woodstock and Windsong at Seven-Hills in Dallas.
Marketed by PulteGroup, Del Webb’s Sun City Peachtree in Griffin offers exceptionally designed homes that are low maintenance. Priced from the $100,000s to high $200,000s, lawn maintenance is covered and homes are quality built to be easy to maintain. This gives residents more time to enjoy the community’s 18-hole golf course; amenity center with indoor walking track, tennis complex, dog park, fitness center and outdoor pool.
Homebuyers, especially active adults, appreciate this benefit in the communities they choose. Gisele Warner, a homeowner at The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm commented, “The homes and landscaping are kept up beautifully, and any warranty issues that have come up have been addressed promptly and appropriately.” By not having to worry about maintaining her home, she is able to spend more time doting on her grandchildren who live nearby.
However active adults aren’t the only ones looking for this type of lifestyle, The Providence Group, a luxury homebuilder, also offers low maintenance living at 90 percent of its communities. Even at its single-family home communities, lawn maintenance is included. For instance, Highlands of Sandy Springs matches the lifestyle of its residents by providing lawn maintenance. This allows home owners to have more time enjoy the fantastic amenities, such as an architecturally designed pool and designer decorated clubhouse. Priced from the low $100,000s to $300,000s, this community is filled with luxury townhomes and single-family homes.
Expo Homes, marketed by Tamra Wade and Partners, provides low maintenance homes at Alcovy Falls in Lawrenceville. Priced from the $110,000s, homes feature vinyl siding to save home owner’s money. Benefits of vinyl siding include that is doesn’t need to be re-painted and it is long lasting.
“When you consider that the cost of professional exterior home painting can cost thousands of dollars and the time required to maintain wood siding and trim, vinyl siding makes excellent sense and is a popular alternative,” explained Tamra Wade, president of Tamra Wade and Partners.
For those who own low maintenance homes, they can spend more time with family and friends. This is made even easier by purchasing a multi-generational home. According to MSN Real Estate, buyers are looking for flexibility or “things such as rooms that serve multiple purposes and homes that can accommodate either ‘boomerang’ children or aging parents.”
Epic Development is one builder offering this trend. A recently completed modern prairie style home in Candler Park in Atlanta features two-family, two-generation living with features such as two master bedrooms on separate floors as well as two laundry rooms.
“It’s a home that someone can grow into,” stated Rick Bennett, Epic Development’s principal in charge of the home’s design and construction. “It’s made for a family that needs another master suite for a nanny, older family member or adult child.”
This trend has definitely become increasingly popular. Steve Melman, director of economic services at NAHB, explains, “Something’s clearly changing, and there are a couple of reasons: the recession is forcing people to move in with each other, or cultural shifts mean some groups are more comfortable having multiple generations living together, aside from economic reasons.”
While home trends are ever changing, one thing is for sure, families are becoming closer than ever in their own homes.
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