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Slick, Other/Just Looking in Clearwater, FL

Do the homes in the south have basements? I am from the Detroit suburbs, and all newer homes have a 3 car garage. I don't see either one in your

Asked by Slick, Clearwater, FL Fri Jan 29, 2010

listing. Thanks.

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There are hundreds of basement homes on the market in Wake County.
Three car garages are also available.

Here are 250 basement homes between $500,000--$800,000:

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Hi Slick,

When we moved here from Florida 13 years ago, we inquired about basement homes as well. At that time, we were told we could have one but, the reason there weren't very many was because they had problems with moisture. I think you can find a lot of reasons many homes here don't have basements.

However, there are plenty of homes that do have basements. And, there are plenty of lots available to build basement homes on. There is an additional cost for a basement and not everyone chooses to pay that cost. Some basements are simple unfinished spaces while others are elaborate entertaining areas. I have known some people with a tall crawl space to put in a basement years after their home was complete. Because of our rolling hills, you'll have some lots in a neighborhood that work well for a basement and others that are too flat. You’ll have some basements built with concrete blocks and others with poured concrete. By the way, basements don’t necessarily have moisture problems. A good home inspector can do moisture reading for you.

As for 3 car garages, when we moved here we found a lot of older homes didn't have a garage and newer homes that only had a 1 car garage. As more people have moved here, the demand for more garage space has increased and most people want at least a 2 car garage. However, some folks, such as 1st time homebuyers, are just happy to have a home. Most of the time, you'll find homes with a 3+ car garage to be a larger perhaps luxury home with a bigger price tag.

One thing I love about this area is you’ll meet people from all over the US and world. With that comes different expectations, needs, and wants. You can just imagine the fun builders have trying to keep up with the latest demands.

This is a beautiful area with a lot to offer. If you’re planning to move here, get yourself a good Realtor who can help you find the perfect home for you and educate you on the local housing market. Best of Luck!
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And 160 Wake County Homes with 3 car garage and basement:


But, yes, basements and 3+ car garages are not the rule here.
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Several agents have addressed the issue of basements - below is a link to a blog posting i wrote a few weeks ago concerning garages in the area -
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We offer slabs and basement homes at Touchstone Homes. Most of our homes have 1-2 car garages, depending on whether it's a townhome or detached home. What area are you looking and when do you want to move?
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Hi Slick,

yes we have many homes with 3 car garages and basements or 2 car attached and 2 car detached. Price range would be in the mid $300's and up. Let me know if you want me to update you on these listings. YOu can call me and also discuss further your moving plans and if you have any scheduled trips to the area where you can view these homes in person. When I did my search I found over 25 homes that fit the search criteria within the 300k-600k range.

thanks Rick mangrum
RE/MAx United Inc
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Below are MLS numbers for 3 car garage, basement homes built after 2000 in the Triangle area of NC. All are located in Wake County. Presently there are 126 listings .

1699171, 1682822, 1627986, 1687406, 1701144, 999445, 1636724, 1665513, 1687309, 1671557, 1645696, 1697514, 1613004, 1632616, 1657286, 1690268, 1631847, 1659926, 1685845, 1622566, 1654685, 1670879, 1699167, 1649360, 1692602, 1683608, 1703830, 1699413, 1703201, 1681314, 1700277, 1694652, 1700006, 1695402, 1662502, 1702089, 1696834, 1671801, 1671701, 1702669, 1688146, 1670312, 1704306, 1684016, 1689416, 1696770, 1701274, 1705064, 1676349, 1638449, 1676746, 1696340, 1662339, 1671360, 1684459, 1704975, 1639420, 1698438, 1693434, 1651728, 1703532, 1681510, 1696090, 1696716, 1652929, 1673229, 1678704, 1613220, 1666513, 1611499, 1689527, 1695415, 1660866, 1701515, 1651416, 1625557, 1645676, 1680095, 1685564, 1000823, 1682621, 1684153, 1701211, 1701830, 1687649, 1704054, 933536, 1666828, 1678984, 1609021, 1701229, 1693091, 1672645, 1631398, 1700524, 1674582, 1660129, 1684855, 1653185, 1672236, 1663795, 1666223, 1643574, 1663710, 1672642, 1679538, 1639893, 992851, 1682131, 1625429, 1687167, 1655587, 1629215, 1655411, 1699388, 1606848, 1703129, 1704037, 1685068, 1606825, 1695744, 1696735, 1654881, 1688053, 1627005, 1685160
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Slick as a licensed Real Estate agent in Michigan and North Carolina perhaps I can I can add something. I looked in the Cary/Morrisville are in 2005 and we were down there in 2006 for many months. I have also been back to the area in 2008 and 2009. Like most people from the Detroit area, we wanted a basement. The excuse of clay is not valid in my opinion. The area I currently live in in the western suburbs of Detyroit is solid clay and everyone around us has a basement. My big disappointment with the Cary/Morrisville area was that you would have to spend 350-400,000+ on a home to get a basement. The cost of that option was betweeen 40-60,000 (unfinished). To get a 3 car garage was near impossible. The garages that were standard were 20x20 give or take a few feet. I had 3 cars at the time, why would I want to park any of them outside? Even with 2 cars, once they are parked in such a small garage you do not have room for anything else. In the newer subdivisions in western Wake County the lots themselves were very small also (0.15-0.2 acre) Please do not get me wrong, we really liked the area and would like to get back down there some day. You have not stated what price point you would be interested in. Like anywhere else, you can have anything you want as long as you are willing to pay. The many homes we looked at were very nice on the inside. It was those few items that I have mentioned that I could not come to terms with.
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Thanks you, John
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I happen to have a basement home listed in Cary NC. Basements are not the norm but exist in the Triangle.

Janet Couture, Broker, CRS
Cary NC Native
Coldwell Banker Advantage
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There are some, but mostly dictated by the slope of the lot. As one builder describes the lots as Mountain Goat lots. Basements here add approximatly $50,000+ to the price, more if finished and are used as living space more than storage. As you can tell, they tend to be higher priced. There are many 3 car garage homes in the area, but, here again, they are with homes in the upper price ranges. Other than this weekend, you will like our weather much better.
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In Virginia Beach, because of the water (Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay and others, the water table prohibits basements unless you like swimming in the basements!
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I've worked with many clients looking specifically for "basement homes" and the availability is usually around 7% to 10% of the available homes. Those homes with basements are usually "walk-out" basements on lots providing the proper slope from front to rear to allow this design. What you are less likely to find will be a basement that is totally underground, like the home I grew up in back in the 70's. I remember when it was being built and how it took several days for a bulldozer to dig through all the red clay.

While it is possible to "dig" a basement, building codes make that an expensive option. As I understand it, current N.C. building codes say that all habitable rooms shall be provided with window area of not less than 8% of the total floor area of such rooms and that half of those windows be openable. In a 1000 sq. ft. basement, that now would require about 40 of those 2 sq. ft window-well windows. If there is a bedroom in the basement, there must an emergency escape window no more than 44 inches from the interior floor. Because of these codes, which are for our protection, the cost of construction far exceeds what the average person can afford.

What you're more likely to find here is a finished (or finishable) attic or a Bonus Room over the garage.
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Often, it depends on the age of the home. A lot of the older homes here may have basements, but it isn't as common in the Raleigh area as it is in more rural towns in NC (I grew up in NC and everyone in my family had basements, so the first time I saw a crawlspace, I didn't know what I was looking at). You can also get full finished basements in higher price ranges. Typically, they'll put a basement on a home that's built on more of a sloped lot. It's also common here for them to be called 'daylight basements' or 'walk out' basements. There are several townhome communities that have homes with finished basements/finished lower levels...typically those townhomes are 3 levels, though. Three-car garages are found in higher price ranges (upper 400's+ depending on town/location). Two-car and one-car garages are normal for this area, but again, it depends on the specific neighborhood and price point. If you're looking to move to this area, I'd be glad to set up an automated home search for you so that you can get an idea of what's available in your price range. Just let me know if I can help with your search. Have a great weekend!
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Hi Slick
We do have some basement homes, but due to a low water table in our area we do not have a lot of the traditional basements as in the North, I am from the D.C. area and we had them there as well. The larger homes have 3 car garages.
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In this area, it's much more common to go UP for extra space than DOWN. You'll see more bonus rooms and more walk up third floors. Because of the soils issues mentioned by Linda, most builders are not comfortable building a traditional basement. We recommend a sloped lot and daylight or walk out basement, if you're set on a basement floor plan. A drive-under garage can also be a great cost effective option for a basement home - we're starting construction on a custom-designed home with a 1000 sq ft garage and unfinished daylight basement.

As far as three car garages go, it really does depend on price point. In all of Wake County, there are only five new homes currently listed on the MLS for under $350K with three car garages. Larger garages get a lot more common as the budget increases.
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We do have basements in NC, however they are not the standard. The reason is our soil, its clay. Clay retains moisture and is not the best for subterranean basements, therefore we have walk-out basements. Three-car garages are not the norm either. My best guess is our climate. We are not storing winter item.

Please let me know if you have any other questions about our area.
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Hi Slick!

We do have some homes that have basements although they're not as commonly found here as they are in Detroit. I'm originally from the Midwest myself (Indiana) and had difficulty getting used to that. We are seeing many with three car garages. The main consideration to finding those is price point.

Please let me know if I can help you further!

All the best,
Susan Crawford, ABR, Broker, e-PRO
Triangle Home Crew Team Leader
Keller Williams Realty
...Proudly serving Raleigh, Durham, Cary & Chapel Hill with top notch expertise for a decade !
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