It’s sometimes said that the limitations of a house are what help make it a home. For many, however, it is a point of pride to accept only the finest in their new residence. How can you find the balance between cultivating a lived-in home with personality and quirks versus a house with cutting-edge amenities that improve quality of life? To get to the bottom of that, we gathered a list six keys to consider when selecting and developing the home of your dreams:
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 aboveground 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 lead0based, 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 trees 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-car 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.
This sprawling home at 5811 Banner St boasts endless upgrades and ﬁne ﬁnishes, to include a huge kitchen w/granite counter tops, wood ﬂoors, and tons of cabinet space. Custom moldings, plantation shutters, tile and granite throughout. Beautiful 5 piece master suite and large upstairs loft. Main level ofﬁce and formal living and dining areas. State of the art security system. Beautiful covered deck and backyard for entertaining and relaxing. Fantastic pool, clubhouse & workout facility included in HOA. Contact Jon Holsten for your private showing at 970-237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.
This well-maintained 3 bedroom home at 1703 Falcon Ridge Dr in the popular Linden Park neighborhood! Featuring a wide-open floor plan with high, vaulted ceilings and beautiful wood floors, your new home is super clean and move-in ready. Formal living room and family room with fireplace. Spacious kitchen with plenty of counter space. Unfinished basement for future expansion! Low maintenance back yard and landscaping for outdoor entertaining and relaxing! Contact Jon Holsten for your private showing at 970-237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.
This home at 4013 Capstone Ct features a gorgeous kitchen with Ikea cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Wide open ﬂoor plan with high vaulted ceilings and wood ﬂoors in the kitchen, living and dining rooms. Family room with high-end ﬁreplace insert and blower. Finished basement offers built in bookcases & wet bar w/ another bedroom and bath. Large deck and mature landscaping for outdoor entertaining and relaxing. Contact Jon Holsten for your private showing at 970-237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.
This wonderfully maintained home at 5606 Calgary St boasts a wide-open ﬂoor plan with large living areas, to include a cozy family room with ﬁreplace. Formal living and dining rooms. Sprawling kitchen with wood ﬂoors & lots of counter and cabinet space. Upper level features an awesome master suite, large loft and two additional bedrooms. Fourth bedroom or ofﬁce on the main level. Amazing pool, clubhouse, ﬁshing ponds & work-out facility, and in the Poudre School District. Contact Jon Holsten for your private showing at 970-237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.
This single family home at 303 Tahoe Dr built in 2017 offers an open floor plan with wood floors, granite counter tops in the kitchen and stainless steel appliances, a main floor study and mud room. Laundry is located on the 2nd floor with a large master suite, 5 piece master bath and three additional bedrooms. There is room to grow in a full unfinished basement plus a spacious fenced backyard on a corner lot. Call Natalie Abraham for your private showing at 970-815-1347 or click the link below for more details.
Featuring 5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms And A 3-Car Garage!
An ideal location, south of Scheels, near the I-25 / 34 interchange and Loveland Centerra. Enjoy an expansive west facing deck on a large lot, boasting beautiful views of the Front Range, with open space behind. This gorgeous home features: a gourmet kitchen, custom handrail, hardwood floors, high-end appliances, 13′ great room and a finished 10′ basement with wet bar and a large rec room. The energy efficient design includes 2 x 6 construction, upgraded insulation and dual zone high efficiency furnace.
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Featuring 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms And A Finished Basement!
Charming 3 bed 3 bath updated home located in High Plains Village awaits! The kitchen showcases gorgeous granite counter tops & stainless steel appliances, opening to the dining area & family room making the main level perfect for entertaining! The incredible finished basement boasts a nook perfect for crafts or an office, additional bed/bath & bonus room. Newer furnace, A/C & tank-less water heater recently installed. Situated on a beautifully landscaped lot, close to shops & restaurants.
Featuring 5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms And A Finished Basement!
Just Listed and Under Contract in 24 hours! Unique opportunity in a quiet mid-town neighborhood. Great ranch for sweat equity/ regular investor in sought-after Indian Hills neighborhood. Beautiful lot with huge potential, great bones but needs updates throughout. Furnace replaced in 2015, roof in approximately 2012. Main floor includes: dining room with a backyard view, living room, family room with a gas fireplace, master bedroom/bath + 2 bedrooms and a utility room. Basement includes: 2 non-conforming bedrooms, large rec room, 3/4 bath and shop. Large backyard trees provide summer shade. Will sell quick!