Ah yes, it’s true. Some people don’t want their four-bedroom colonials anymore. They want an elegant, smaller place with all their favorite amenities.
More than that, they need a place that’s easy to clean and maintain, a place without a big yard. What they do want is a home where they can entertain and have parties without being crowded.
These people could be prime candidates for a condo or an upscale apartment, but for many attached housing is not for them.
Enter the two-bedroom cottage style house. Including a private courtyard, it has all the features of a maintenance-free lifestyle in a 1,900-square-foot house. Couples, single people, and singles with a child are the most likely buyers, especially those who go to work every day and those whose work sometimes requires them to travel.
The developer of such a community of homes says they make sense for sophisticated, design-savvy buyers. They get a fully appointed house built as well as a $600,000 home, that costs much less and is more efficiently laid out. He calls the concept “value calculus.” Why spend more to build a bigger house than you want to maintain when you can have a two-bedroom that suits you?
The two-bedroom houses are about 700 square feet larger than most townhomes. They have spacious floor plans and a dining area can accommodate a traditional table and cabinets.
Real estate agents say three bedroom units are in higher demand when you talk about houses. Most people don’t use their third bedroom for sleeping but convert it into an office or hobby room instead.
When you talk about condos, two-bedroom houses are a step up.