Fantastic cul-de-sac home at 4645 Twin Peaks Court in Loveland‘s popular Mariana Butte neighborhood. Boasting an open floor plan, this home features a large kitchen with abundant counter space, vaulted ceiling, large windows and a gas fireplace accent the light, bright and sprawling great room. Separate living and dining room, as well as a main level office. Large rec room in the finished basement. The upper level hosts all bedrooms, including a great master suite and large loft. Contact Jon Holsten at (970) 237-2752 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
We are often asked, “Which is the better buy, a newer or older home?” Our answer: It all depends on your needs and personal preferences. We decided to put together a list of the six biggest differences between newer and older homes:
Surprisingly, one of the biggest factors in choosing a new home isn’t the property itself, but rather the surrounding neighborhood. While new homes occasionally spring up in established communities, most are built in new developments. The settings are quite different, each with their own unique benefits.
Older neighborhoods often feature tree-lined streets; larger property lots; a wide array of architectural styles; easy walking access to mass transportation, restaurants and local shops; and more established relationships among neighbors.
New developments are better known for wider streets and quiet cul-de-sacs; controlled development; fewer above ground utilities; more parks; and often newer public facilities (schools, libraries, pools, etc.). There are typically more children in newer communities, as well.
Consider your daily work commute, too. While not always true, older neighborhoods tend to be closer to major employment centers, mass transportation and multiple car routes (neighborhood arterials, highways and freeways).
Design and layout
If you like Victorian, Craftsman or Cape Cod style homes, it used to be that you would have to buy an older home from the appropriate era. But with new-home builders now offering modern takes on those classic designs, that’s no longer the case. There are even modern log homes available.
Have you given much thought to your floor plans? If you have your heart set on a family room, an entertainment kitchen, a home office and walk-in closets, you’ll likely want to buy a newer home—or plan to do some heavy remodeling of an older home. Unless they’ve already been remodeled, most older homes feature more basic layouts.
If you have a specific home-décor style in mind, you’ll want to take that into consideration, as well. Professional designers say it’s best if the style and era of your furnishings match the style and era of your house. But if you are willing to adapt, then the options are wide open.
Materials and craftsmanship
Homes built before material and labor costs spiked in the late 1950s have a reputation for higher-grade lumber and old-world craftsmanship (hardwood floors, old-growth timber supports, ornate siding, artistic molding, etc.).
However, newer homes have the benefit of modern materials and more advanced building codes (copper or polyurethane plumbing, better insulation, double-pane windows, modern electrical wiring, earthquake/ windstorm supports, etc.).
The condition of a home for sale is always a top consideration for any buyer. However, age is a factor here, as well. For example, if the exterior of a newer home needs repainting, it’s a relatively easy task to determine the cost. But if it’s a home built before the 1970s, you have to also consider the fact that the underlying paint is most likely lead based, and that the wood siding may have rot or other structural issues that need to be addressed before it can be recoated.
On the flip side, the mechanicals in older homes (lights, heating systems, sump pump, etc.) tend to be better built and last longer.
One of the great things about older homes is that they usually come with mature tress and bushes already in place. Buyers of new homes may have to wait years for ornamental trees, fruit trees, roses, ferns, cacti and other long-term vegetation to fill in a yard, create shade, provide privacy, and develop into an inviting outdoor space. However, maybe you’re one of the many homeowners who prefer the wide-open, low-maintenance benefits of a lightly planted yard.
Like it or not, most of us are extremely dependent on our cars for daily transportation. And here again, you’ll find a big difference between newer and older homes. Newer homes almost always feature ample off-street parking: usually a two-care garage and a wide driveway. An older home, depending on just how old it is, may not offer a garage—and if it does, there’s often only enough space for one car. For people who don’t feel comfortable leaving their car on the street, this alone can be a determining factor.
Finalizing your decision
While the differences between older and newer homes are striking, there’s certainly no right or wrong answer. It is a matter of personal taste, and what is available in your desired area. To quickly determine which direction your taste trends, use the information above to make a list of your most desired features, then categorize those according to the type of house in which they’re most likely to be found. The results can often be telling.
If you have questions about newer versus older homes, or are looking for an agent in your area we have professionals that can help you. Contact us here.
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Terrific home in the popular Windsor Village neighborhood! 140 Ivy Court is located on a quite cul-de-sac, this home features an updated kitchen and functional floor plan. Relax in the large, private back yard with mature trees and landscaping. Extra space for parking a camper or your toys. Close to shopping and schools. New roof and furnace to be installed prior to closing. No HOA! Contact Jon Holsten at (970) 237-2745 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
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This fantastic home at 3927 Gardenwall Ct is at the end of a cul-de-sac in the popular Waterglen neighborhood features an open ﬂoor plan with vaulted ceilings and ﬁreplace. Your new home is move-in ready. All three bedrooms, including a great master suite are on the second ﬂoor. Enjoy the large fenced back yard adjacent to a sprawling green area, while relaxing on the large stamped concrete patio. Close to I-25 and Old Town. A beautiful home and excellent value! Contact Jon Holsten for your private showing at (970) 237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.
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Enjoy time with family and friends at 4031 Capstone Ct in the spacious living room or treat yourself to a wonderful meal cooked in the open kitchen. The master bathroom offers a place to retreat in the huge soaking tub. Stay warm in front of the fire during the winter or kick back and enjoy the huge yard in the summer. A nice shed keeps all your tools and projects secure and the patio is a fantastic space for entertaining. You can’t beat this location close to great schools, Front Range Village and more! Call Sarah Schilz for your private showing at 970-817-0906 or click the link below for more details.
Featuring 2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms And 2 Master Suites!
This property features a unique and fantastic two master suite floor plan! This home has updated fixtures and flooring. Both bedrooms enjoy a walk-in closet and full bath. Large living room and kitchen, back patio, and at the end of a cul-de-sac making this a quiet location. Currently rented through June of 2018.
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