I agree with you that stairs will highlight a home, even making the home seem to have more square footage than it really has. Especially with the new condos sprouting up everywhere, you get a nice workout just going from your car to the bedroom. I can't even imagine forgetting anything from one floor to another. However most of the time, I believe that buyers now are looking for homes that will be more easily accessible for their parents to live in them too. As with the high cost of living in the Bay Area, many homes have become multi-generational.
This depends upon the Demographics of the neighborhood you are considering. What are the age ranges of the residents? Is it primarily young working people, or retired adults? All these things come into play when considering such issues.
The general trend is more then one story, because you can get more square footage that way using less land.
The Trend is 2 story as most homes in my area are two story.
However, home buyers love single story homes.
In fact I have noticed time and time again the single stories go first.
Harold Sharpe - Broker
So Cal Homes Realty
You certainly have lots of questions!
I have some clients who absolutely have to have the "majestic" feel of a 2 story home with the open staircase. I have some clients who absolutely have to have a one story so they don't have to go up and down stairs. And some want 2 story because they want a particular neighborhood and all the homes are 2 story in that neighborhood. And some want one story because they think it is easier to heat / cool or they don't want to look into their neighbors backyard or windows. And others want a 2 story so they get a view!
I try to focus on what each particular person wants, rather than on "trends". Trends change just as soon as we figure them out!
Have a great day, Home88.
As for trends the population is getting older, what that means is that more buyers are going to want a single level home due to age, those with small children, and those with aging parents will also need a main level master because of joined living situations or visitors. Right now the demographics for buyers is falling in the 25 to 35 age and they tend to be open to the stairs.
All the best to you.
The thing I would look for in a given area is price per square foot, relative to recent comps its a good gage to use.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
At your service,
Speaking from personal experience, in our location the vast majority of buyers prefer a single story home. This of course is tied to the fact that so many of our buyers are of retirement age and stairs may present a future challenge for their mobility.
Based on this information,my guess is that the "general trend" for single story vs multiple story would be closely related to the general age of your population. A review of your locations demographics may shed some light on this.
On the other end, young couples without kids can handle multi-story living while parents of growing families want the affordability of space that a multi-story home provides. Again, they are at different ends of the price spectrum. As the cost of buildable lots continues to increase, the builders favor multi-story homes to keep their product affordable.
Either way, future demand upon resale will be driven more by the relative affordability of a home within its market than its floor-plan configuration.
A two story home permits more square footage of living area on a piece of land, and a greater amount of land devoted to yard area.
Other people prefer a single story home, and do not mind devoting a large part of the land to the footprint of the home.
Among particular individuals there are many individuals that have a strong preference for a two story home and a larger yard, and there are many other individuals have a strong preference for a single story home and are willing to sacrifice land area for the larger footprint of a single story home with the same square footage of living area.
I would say that a single story or a two story home is more a matter of individual preference. The general market does not appear to favor one or the other style, whether that is single story or two story. .