Choosing Your Perfect Fit in a New Custom Homes Community (Part Two)

When you investigate the lifestyle variation in communities offered today, your custom home building adventure is an engaging experience. Since developments for new custom homes have evolved into many individual concepts, there is a broad classification for what is now expected in a community.

Low-maintenance new custom homes communities

“Zero-lot line housing” is one community trend to consider. In this type, the use of row houses, garden homes, patio homes and/or townhouses is common.

With a zero-lot concept, people who have no desire to garden or maintain a large lawn value the low-maintenance amenities this type of community delivers. Eliminating the yard portion of a physical property will allow you to have a larger home within a great urban setting. (This is essentially due to the home’s floor plan extending closer to the edge of the property line.)

Many types of additional communities get close to a “zero-yard” concept but may also include extras–such as larger patios, added window views, or well-placed landscape buffers.

Single-family, Condominium Communities:

In the past, condominium developments were typically attached, residential home clusters.

The more modern approach is a trend toward freestanding single-family homes with unique, well-designed exteriors and spacious interior floor plans.

Consequently, homeowner associations (HOA) serve as a common amenity to protect property values by safeguarding the community’s features. These associations typically address most exterior maintenance needs for the entire neighborhood.

A further benefit, according to crime-prevention sites such as “Talk-theft” and “U.S. News,” is the fact that these tight-knit communities can deter theft, largely because there are neighbors close by who tend to report odd visitors within the community.

Multi-generational housing:

One of the biggest trends in a new custom homes community design is multi-generational housing, which allows different generations of a family to live within the same planned neighborhood. In these neighborhoods, both single-family and independent patio homes coexist.

Often, multiple price points and styles occur within various regions of the same community.

An excellent example of this concept is the 2016 BIA Parade of Homes site (former Shamrock Golf Club) developed as Verona with its  Verona Village Patio Homes  sector as well as Verona Single Family Homes.

With an increasing number of U.S. adults taking on caregiver roles for a parent or close relative, or when a young adult returns home to live with parents, multi-generational housing provides a variety of different floor plans to fit unique lifestyles.

This style of housing offers added benefits, such as an extra spacious bedroom, small apartment, or guesthouse, which allots each generation their own private living space. These multi-generational communities function like a neighborhood within its very own neighborhood.

Alternatively, it’s not just the floor plan options that have changed to suit this multi-generational trend. Many larger master-planned new home communities offer neighborhood sectors. An area dedicated to active adults is built alongside a quieter sector with shared amenities that benefit the entire community. These may include a clubhouse, swimming pool, athletic facilities, and multiple walking or biking trails.


Shared amenities like the Coffman Park clubhouse benefit the entire community

Similar pocket community concepts are likely to grow as more baby boomers enter their retirement years. If you anticipate having a parent or a child move in with you — or if you simply appreciate living within varieties of age groups — a multi-generational neighborhood is an exciting option worth considering.

Find the perfect community for your unique lifestyle when you choose Romanelli & Hughes as your luxury custom home builder today!