Eric, Home Buyer in West Palm Beach, FL

Dutch Colonial homes nice look or ugly old of style?

Asked by Eric, West Palm Beach, FL Sun Jun 30, 2013

Looking at homes in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach near ocean. I've seen a few Colonial homes Dutch. Are they ugly or still popular old homes? Also homes built in 1920's are they tough to maintenance like an old car? Looking in College Park, Flamingo Park.

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Good advice from Marc Jablon below.

But to add to my response further down, can you say "Money Pit?" Again, you're not buying in Baltimore or on some plantation in SC! This is Florida, buy a beautiful, barrel tile roof, Floridian style'll regret it if you don't take this good advice!

Also, many people buy homes with the expectation of living there 30 yrs or more, but how often does that actually happen? Yeah, they all thing that way at first, then as soon as someone moves in next door they can't stand, job change, empty nesters, etc., up goes the for sale sign! The average time people live in houses is 7 to 10 yrs.


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No one can fault you for your taste in home styles. However, purchasing a home, even though it is a place to live, is always an investment.

When you buy a home, even if you think you'll be there for 30 years, consider the fact that some day you will have to sell it. If the house is an anomaly in the neighborhood, it will be more difficult to sell.

It's similar to the adage that you don't want to be the largest home or the smallest home in a neighborhood; instead, you want to be as close to average as possible. That way, you strengthen your chances of selling your home--because it is uniform -- when the time comes.

While it is true that there some eclectic neighborhoods in the area in terms of home design, by and large there is a Florida style of home, and most neighborhoods reflect some aspect of that style.

With that in mind, only you can decide. If a certain style of home appeals to you -- even if it is very different than the homes around it -- then you will be drawn to this type of dwelling.

Marc Jablon, The Jablon Team
RE/MAX Complete Solutions

You will be the exceptional purchaser that the seller has been waiting for. When it's time for you to sell, you will probably find a similar exceptional buyer--but 90% of the buyers out there will probably avoid that home because it does not fit within the style of what they have come to expect in Florida.
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While there may be a market for a Dutch Colonial home in a part of the United States that was once actually Colonial, Florida is not one of those places. Dutch colonial is definitely a high maintenance style, with too many offsets, changes is roof pitch, overhangs and flashings that just don't match up with hurricane proof design. Current trends in New construction that have been more accepted are tending toward style indigenous to the climate, and fairly maintenance free. So although new construction is not always or even usually the least expensive initial investment, it is the only way of being assured of what you are paying for. Further is going to prove to be a better long term investment if you are in a position to hang onto it for the life of the mortgage. Most people are not, so they will be better off a good quality residential construction, of relevant resale value. Selecting a home based solely on the architectural style, is preconceiving a situation beyond your control. Just like condemning Dutch Colonial, because it there is very little of it in Florida, is also a little narrow minded.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 30, 2013
Eric , While steve was pretty tough on you- there is a point. In
answer to your questions though, A 1920's home ,frame,
in Florida will likely have upkeep issues for shure.Not
clear that "colonial -dutch " was ever' popular'.
Try and stick to CBS homes if you are worried about maintenance.
For any purchase either the " old Florida " look or" Bahamas
look' will serve you best If I can help in your search
contact me directly!

Bob Brubaker Highlight Realty Palm Beach County Fl. 561-876-6649
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 30, 2013
Many buyers are drawn to those things that appeal to them the most....With this said, many buyers try to duplicate features that they adore of have previously enjoyed.

Without losing sight of the fact that buyers often try to leave behind northern conditions, one should never rule out the reality of people feeling the need to connect with the past as well.

The maintenance needs of an older home will likely rely to a degree on the care the property enjoyed from previous owners. If the "big ticket" items have been addressed(roof, AC, kitchen, baths, etc.) recently it should minimize your possibility for risk.

Don't rule out what you are drawn to because of what you feel the trend might be....we all know what happens to "fads."

Best wishes with your search.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 30, 2013
Why anyone would consider an old UGLY northern style home in WPB, Florida is beyond me!

Ugly with a capital "U!"

Its Florida, Not Baltimore! Also, just like you're questioning it, same thing will happen when you go to sell it someday. You will reduce the pool of otherwise potential buyers down to just a few who won't want to pay top dollar.

Stick with a normal Florida style home in Florida

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