I not a fan of posting articles on my blog but this one caught my eye and I wanted to share it with you. Why does it appeal to me? Because it is really what a lot of people are looking for today in the housing industry. They will sacrifice space and other amenities in order to have a sense of community.
They want green space, they WANT neighbors, they want to belong. Everything old DOES become new again. It’s our grandparents and great-grandparents lifestyles and it’s back. So charming and oh so enticing.
What price can we put on community? Well as you can see here…a cottage home runs around $700K which is pretty substantial for your average home buyer. But it is a dream lifestyle for those who can afford it.
Pretty impressive stuff and kudos to the architects.
Here you go:
Small Homes, Cottages Score Big With Buyers
However, home buyers these days increasingly are interested in smaller homes that consume less energy and encourage interaction among neighbors.
Developers in cities such as Seattle, Boston, and Milwaukee are building cottage developments to meet the rising demand.
Architect Ross Chapin and developer Jim Soules have erected nearly 50 Craftsman-style cottages during the last 10 years in the Seattle area. (Watch Video: Choosing Cottages Over McMansions)
The quirky homes sell for as much as $600,000, despite the fact that they range in size from just 800 square feet to 1,500 square feet.
Chapin uses clever design tricks, such as corner windows and skylights, to give the illusion of more space. He also makes the most of every inch by including crawlspace storage and built-in bookshelves and cubbies.
“These days, we drive to the house, open the garage door, go in,” Indianapolis developer Casey Land told the Wall Street Journal. “But it’s important to get to know your neighbors. I think people miss that.”
Source: Wall Street Journal, Sara Lin (07/18/08)