This home at 6420 Garrison Court in Fort Collins that sits on a west-facing cul-de-sac lot with beautiful mature landscaping. It is in pristine condition with new carpet, new appliances, hardwood was refinished 2019, new roof and paint in 2019. The finished basement is an entertainer’s dream with a full kitchen/bar area. This home won’t last long so schedule a showing today! Contact Lindsey Crisanti at (970) 420-4498 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
Unique property at 1105 Williams Street in Fort Collins at University Acres awaits. This ranch home boasts unique character with wood floors throughout the main level, formal living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room and an additional sitting room off the kitchen with built-in bookshelves. The expansive back yard is a true delight with mature landscaping, wonderful deck with pergola for entertaining in the summer and plenty of room to enjoy the outdoor pleasures of gardening. Contact Rondi duPont at (970) 401-0123 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
3118 Placer Street is located on a large fenced lot with mature landscaping in Fort Collins. The main level has recently been painted and boasts new wood floors with wainscoting and crown molding. The updating continues with new carpet, newer furnace and water heater. The family room has a wood-burning fireplace to cozy up to in the winter. Separate living room and dining room are perfect to entertain friends and family. Don’t forget there is plenty of room for your camper! Contact Rondi duPont at (970) 104-0123 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
Beautiful large home at 1945 Prairie Hill Drive in Fort Collins located in a highly desirable school district. Mature landscaping with a private fenced-in backyard. Spacious and open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms plus a large loft that can be converted to a 4th bedroom. Huge master suite has 5-piece bath and a walk-in closet. All appliances are included! Conveniently located & easy access to I-25 and Harmony Corridor. Contact Meagan Griesel at (970) 691-0056 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
This gorgeous home at 4540 Seaway Circle in Fort Collins the coveted Whaler’s Cove neighborhood features high vaulted ceilings and an updated kitchen with lots of counter space and storage. This open floor plan includes separate living, dining, and family rooms with a wood burning fireplace. The second level holds all three bedrooms, including a private master suite. Unfinished basement for additional living space. Beautiful backyard with large trees, mature landscaping and a fantastic patio. Contact Jon Holsten at (970) 237-2752 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
Stand in the backyard of this .25 acres lot at 3720 Black Oak Court in Loveland to truly understand it’s a one of a kind property. Listen to the lovely stream below the terraced yard and garden beds. It’s park like location sits at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac surrounded by mature trees. Inside is a cozy multilevel home with vaulted ceilings, sun filled skylights, a large window seat and beautiful architectural elements. Multiple car RV pad. Enjoy biking, hiking and relaxation at nearby Boyd Lake. Contact Kyle Basnar at (970) 481-5689 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
Live in this smart and contemporary space at 832 Sycamore Street with great natural light, bamboo flooring and mature landscaping. This home has an office and formal dining room, modern hi-efficiency light fixtures, new windows, new kitchen cupboards, new siding and paint! Spacious front yard and private fenced backyard are ready for your design ideas. Close to Old Town Fort Collins & CSU. Enjoy this amazing private downtown location! Contact Kyle Basnar at (970) 481-5689 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
Outstanding home at 1481 Box Prairie Circle in northwest Loveland boasting an updated kitchen with granite counter tops, extended cabinetry and hardwood flooring. The vaulted ceiling and gas fireplace welcome you to the spacious great room. Three bedrooms including the master suite are on the upper level, while the fourth bedroom, bath, and recreation room complete the finished basement. Entertain on the beautiful new deck surrounded by mature landscaping and large trees. New furnace and newer water heater. Contact Jon Holsten at (970) 237-2752 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
We are often asked, “Which is the better buy, a newer or older home?” Our answer: It all depends on your needs and personal preferences. We decided to put together a list of the six biggest differences between newer and older homes:
Surprisingly, one of the biggest factors in choosing a new home isn’t the property itself, but rather the surrounding neighborhood. While new homes occasionally spring up in established communities, most are built in new developments. The settings are quite different, each with their own unique benefits.
Older neighborhoods often feature tree-lined streets; larger property lots; a wide array of architectural styles; easy walking access to mass transportation, restaurants and local shops; and more established relationships among neighbors.
New developments are better known for wider streets and quiet cul-de-sacs; controlled development; fewer above ground utilities; more parks; and often newer public facilities (schools, libraries, pools, etc.). There are typically more children in newer communities, as well.
Consider your daily work commute, too. While not always true, older neighborhoods tend to be closer to major employment centers, mass transportation and multiple car routes (neighborhood arterials, highways and freeways).
Design and layout
If you like Victorian, Craftsman or Cape Cod style homes, it used to be that you would have to buy an older home from the appropriate era. But with new-home builders now offering modern takes on those classic designs, that’s no longer the case. There are even modern log homes available.
Have you given much thought to your floor plans? If you have your heart set on a family room, an entertainment kitchen, a home office and walk-in closets, you’ll likely want to buy a newer home—or plan to do some heavy remodeling of an older home. Unless they’ve already been remodeled, most older homes feature more basic layouts.
If you have a specific home-décor style in mind, you’ll want to take that into consideration, as well. Professional designers say it’s best if the style and era of your furnishings match the style and era of your house. But if you are willing to adapt, then the options are wide open.
Materials and craftsmanship
Homes built before material and labor costs spiked in the late 1950s have a reputation for higher-grade lumber and old-world craftsmanship (hardwood floors, old-growth timber supports, ornate siding, artistic molding, etc.).
However, newer homes have the benefit of modern materials and more advanced building codes (copper or polyurethane plumbing, better insulation, double-pane windows, modern electrical wiring, earthquake/ windstorm supports, etc.).
The condition of a home for sale is always a top consideration for any buyer. However, age is a factor here, as well. For example, if the exterior of a newer home needs repainting, it’s a relatively easy task to determine the cost. But if it’s a home built before the 1970s, you have to also consider the fact that the underlying paint is most likely lead based, and that the wood siding may have rot or other structural issues that need to be addressed before it can be recoated.
On the flip side, the mechanicals in older homes (lights, heating systems, sump pump, etc.) tend to be better built and last longer.
One of the great things about older homes is that they usually come with mature tress and bushes already in place. Buyers of new homes may have to wait years for ornamental trees, fruit trees, roses, ferns, cacti and other long-term vegetation to fill in a yard, create shade, provide privacy, and develop into an inviting outdoor space. However, maybe you’re one of the many homeowners who prefer the wide-open, low-maintenance benefits of a lightly planted yard.
Like it or not, most of us are extremely dependent on our cars for daily transportation. And here again, you’ll find a big difference between newer and older homes. Newer homes almost always feature ample off-street parking: usually a two-care garage and a wide driveway. An older home, depending on just how old it is, may not offer a garage—and if it does, there’s often only enough space for one car. For people who don’t feel comfortable leaving their car on the street, this alone can be a determining factor.
Finalizing your decision
While the differences between older and newer homes are striking, there’s certainly no right or wrong answer. It is a matter of personal taste, and what is available in your desired area. To quickly determine which direction your taste trends, use the information above to make a list of your most desired features, then categorize those according to the type of house in which they’re most likely to be found. The results can often be telling.
If you have questions about newer versus older homes, or are looking for an agent in your area we have professionals that can help you. Contact us here.
This stunning 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home at 7214 Fort Morgan Drive in Fort Collins sits on a large lot in Ridgewood Hills boasts a wide-open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, separate living, dining and family rooms along with a main level office. All bedrooms are on the upper level and feature a huge loft, large master suite and 1 bedroom with a private bath. Large back yard with a patio and mature trees set against a greenbelt. This home has a new roof, new furnace, new AC, new carpet, newly finished hardwood and more! Contact Jon Holsten at (970) 237-2752 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.