I saw this article from Market Watch over the weekend, and I was just dumbfounded by it. In today's market, I don't see how something so market specific and so general could be published to say it's a national trend.
This Market Watch article is called "Kiss These 10 Once-Popular Home Features Goodbye". I had to laugh when reading this list.
- Outdoor Kitchens
- Outdoor Fireplaces
- 2-story Family rooms
- Media Rooms
- 2-story foyer
- Master Planned developments
- Luxury Master Bathrooms
- Formal Living Rooms
- Whirlpool Tubs
If you're in the Austin TX market, or Dallas or Houston or San Antonio or other popular Texas towns, you probably agree with me that this list is completely wrong. Do I agree with anything on the list? Yes, there are two things I agree with. I agree that people don't care for Formal Living rooms anymore. They're a waste of space and are being switched out for a downstairs, enclosed study. I also agree that Whirlpool tubs are not as popular anymore. With the added maintenance for them, and people's busy lifestyles, they don't take as many baths anymore, and who has time to sit in there for that long to enjoy bubbles?
However, everything else on the list is extremely popular for buyers, and especially relocating buyers. When buyers are relocating, they're coming here from other markets, so how are these things not popular in other markets to where they have to have them here?
In many floorplans, not all, in order to make room for a Gameroom or Media room upstairs, the 2-story family room ceiling is lowered and the Gameroom or Media Room is above it. If Media Rooms were going away, the 2-story ceiling would come back even more. Again, this might be market specific, but for the most part, the exterior facades of houses have gotten taller with taller roof lines and pitches. To keep the look that people like, you aren't going to build a lower ceiling and put in a 10 foot attic. That's wasted space, and we like to use every inch of space around here.
Does your market agree with this list? Where are you?
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