“Three Bedrooms NOT on One Level”
Every once in awhile, you see a single family home being touted by the listing agent as a “townhome alternative.”
What do they mean?
At least to this Twin Cities Realtor, it’s shorthand for a detached home with many of the following attributes:
—Around 2,000 to 2,500 square feet;
—Little or no yard;
—Little or no exterior maintenance;
—Floor plan with Bedrooms on different floors ” sometimes even two floors apart (upper level and basement);
—Generous Owner’s Suite that’s nicely updated;
—Main Floor (or upper floor) Laundry vs. in basement.
Not Just Baby Boomers
In the Twin Cities, many townhome Buyers are downsizing from a larger single family home, and want less of the hassle of home ownership while still enjoying some of the benefits.
Most common “wish list”: privacy (no common walls); ability to have pets (small yard, no Association rules forbidding); and a small garden (yard, again).
Such Buyers typically either have older kids happy to be in a basement bedroom, or, are empty nesters who’ll use extra space in the lower level for a Home Office, Exercise Room, and/or guests.
Of course, townhomes increasingly appeal to Buyers who are “pre-kids” or “no kids” rather than “post-kids.”
P.S.: Once upon a time, townhomes were laid out horizontally (easier on Baby Boomers’ aging knees, backs, etc.).
Now, new townhomes are usually built with vertical floor plans that accommodate tuckunder garages ” no doubt a nod to more expensive land (and developers’ profit margins), as well as younger townhome Buyers.