All the Rage – Ranch Style Homes

Ranch style homesOne story living is hotter than ever and not just for baby boomers!  Young families and singles opt for one level homes in today’s  market.  t’s only recently that an increasing number of homebuyers have been more interested in doing all of their living on one floor. In 1973, one-story homes made up 67% of new-home construction. That declined to 43% in 2006, before reversing course and rising to 46% in 2011.  While it may be too early to call a trend, it’s only logical that there would be an increased demand for single-story homes among baby boomers and others. About 90% of homeowners 45 and older say they want to age in place in their existing home, according to a study by the 50+ Housing Council.  By 2020, nearly 45% of households will include someone 55 or older. When you think about the number of people who say they want to “age in place”, their biggest obstacle is climbing the stairs. As people are living longer, boomers who have seen their own parents age in place often realize the benefits of single-floor living before they actually need them. But the one-story homes being built today are not your grandfather’s ranch. Modern one-floor homes are open and bright, and won’t be advertised as ranch homes by the developer, either; they will be advertised using the amenities that the homes offer.  It’s also becoming common for two-story homes to be built with the master bedroom on the first floor. That creates a more flexible floor plan, a way to accommodate family members who can’t trudge up the stairs or perhaps to create a separate living environment for an adult child who moves back home after college. Upstairs bedrooms may accommodate grandchildren or other visitors. Older existing rancher homes go through remodeling or renovations and many buyers fall in love.  Think bungalows and cottage style homes, even tudors can be built in the one level ranch style.