Single Story Homes are Scarce
So many people want a new single story home and there just aren’t many in the Triangle outside of the few age restricted, over 55 communities, like Del Webbs Carolina Preserve in Cary and Carolina Arbors in Brier Creek near RTP in Raleigh. Chapel Hill has Chapelwood and Culp Arbor (both of these age restricted neighborhoods are in Durham County). Not everyone wants a neighborhood without age diversity.
Video of 2 new single level model homes in Briar Chapel, Chapel Hill NC
Do you wonder why there are so few new single floor homes on the market?
Builders have resisted building one level homes for several reasons. Most new homes are built on very small lots. Planning departments have required developers to cluster homes and leave lots of natural area. There just isn’t enough room on the small lots for the larger footprint of a single story home. The least expensive way to build is to go up. The extra foundation on a one level home adds up especially if the lot is sloped. It’s the style to have complicated roof lines that add character to the homes. Roofs are expensive and all of that area under the roof is wasted space. It’s way too much space for just storage. It’s tempting for builders to go ahead and finish that space. They think that after all, it’s not that expensive to do and think of how it brings down the price per square foot. Many people just don’t want that extra finished area ,don’t want to pay for it, and don’t want to clean it. (I hear that a lot!)
I think a good option is for the builder to have a set price for finishing the area under the attic. It should be reasonable based on the cost of doing the work so buyers can have the option to have the extra space if they want it.
One Story homes in Chapel Hill
In the Town of Chapel Hill taxes are high and new homes are scarce, especially single level homes. There are quite a few older ranch homes built in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Those won’t do for a lot of my clients because those homes sometimes remind them of their parents house. If they are downsizing, these older ranch homes may remind them of their first home.
There are new single story homes being built in Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill. Mi Homes and Forever Home have one story plans being built in the upper $200,000 to $300,000 price range. Homes by Dickerson and some of the custom builders in Briar Chapel also offer one level plans.