Single Story Homes are a Hot Commodity in the San Diego Area.
If you are considering buying a ranch style home, it really comes down to personal taste and your needs whether a single story or two story home is right for you. Here are some thoughts you should consider when looking for a new home in North County San Diego.
Health, Safety & Convenience. Many single story home buyers prefer living in a single story because of the lack of stairs. Stairs Can Be Dangerous, Cumbersome or Inconvenient where a single story home makes every area of the home more accessible for the entire family and those with special needs. Aging buyers no longer have to worry about whether they will be able to walk safely up and down the stairs. There is also less worry about children navigating the stairs and laundry will not have to be carried between floor.
Lot Size. Usually a single story home takes up more area on your lot which could limit the size of your yard. Older homes built in San Diego and North County may have been constructed on larger lots. New construction homes are being built on smaller lots thus limiting the amount of usable space in the yard.
Square Footage Limitation. Because of the smaller lot sizes here in the San Diego area, single story homes may be limited to the interior square footage.
New Construction Homes. In many cases new homes being constructed in the North County San Diego area are two story homes. In some communities, the builders are required by the local planning departments to provide a certain number or percentage of ranch style homes. The amount of single story homes may be limited so the demand has been high for the 1 story homes. You may also pay more on a per square foot basis as the foundations and roofs are larger, increasing the construction costs of the home. In the past few years there have been waiting lists for upcoming single story homes new home communities.
Sound Transmission. One advantage of a single story home is the reduced sound transmission between floors. In a single story home there may be greater separation between living areas and bedrooms. Some new single story floor plans keep master bedrooms separated from secondary bedrooms and guest bedrooms. There will be less vibration from heavy walkers, garage doors opening and closing or loud sound systems transmitting between the wood framed structures.
In the North County area where many retirees are relocating, single story homes may hold a greater value and be easier to sell as the trend for more retirees moving to the area continues and our aging population grows. You will find that most active adult or 55+ communities consist of single story homes for the many reasons mentioned here.
You can search through single story homes for sale in the San Diego area on this site. If you would like a new construction single story home please call me and I can assist you in working with area home builders to find you the home you desire. With the assistance an experienced local REALTOR, I can find your ranch style home in the neighborhood you desire.