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 home...you'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.
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.
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
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.
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