HousingWire reports this week that new home sales are up this month thanks to buyers taking advantage of low interest rates and affordable prices. Also, builder confidence is at its highest level in 4 years.
We can attest that this report is accurate: We have two clients closing on their own new custom homes in the next 2 months. Coincidentally, they're each buying the same model in the same neighborhood. The builder is Century Communities, the neighborhood is The Reserve at Wheatlands, and the model is the Sequoia. While we were all out together on Father's Day, Marty gave us a tour. It was so stinking awesome that I had to write about it.
The awesomeness starts on the front patio with an optional 2-way fireplace. You can see most of it in this exterior shot:
Then you step through the front door into the most visually impressive part of the house: a formal dining area flanked by a curving staircase, sitting beneath a vaulted ceiling with really cool molding details. At first I thought walking right into a formal dining area was odd, but Marty pointed out that an entryway is usually one of the least lived-in areas of a house, and so is the formal dining room. It's actually a really smart use of the space. (I do wish this shot was from further back so you get a better feel for how impressive it is.)
I will mention that just off the breakfast nook there is a really nice-sized office room with French doors. After this I'm going to focus on the awesomest parts.
Ok. So, as realtors know, kitchens sell houses. Because as any woman (or man, for that matter) who cooks knows, you spend a whole lot of time in there. And this, my friends, is a place I wouldn't mind spending lots of time:
I mean, you could tell me that my bedroom would be a 6 by 8 cell with a cot and I'd probably still want this house. Just look at that kitchen! You can't see it, but just past the double oven is a "butler's kitchen" with extra cabinets. And behind the white door is a fabulous walk-in pantry. Heaven on earth, I'm telling you. And of course, you get to choose the flooring and cabinetry and countertops and backsplash that you want while you're in the design center.
But back to that 6 by 8 cell: Not so much. The master suite is basically one entire wing of the second floor. The other 3 bedrooms are separate. (2 of them share a Jack & Jill bathroom, and the 3rd has its own very nice bathroom: perfect for guests.) But the master suite...Oh, I wish we were there right now so I could watch your face as we walked through it! The bedroom is lovely, of course. It has a private balcony overlooking the back yard. From the bedroom, you step through a doorway into the gorgeous master bath. It has a beautiful tub, and his and hers shower. That's right: 2 showerheads.
From the bathroom, you step into the walk-in closet. And by walk-in closet, I mean room-the-size-of-my-kid's-bedroom-with-an-island-in-the-middle. Maybe you're like me and have to store your off-season clothes in tubs and boxes and go through the days-long ordeal every fall and spring of reopening, rewashing, and rehanging everything. Not if you lived in this house.
So, are you still with me? We started in the master bedroom, walked into the master bath, from which we entered the cavernous closet. From there, we walk straight into the laundry room. And by laundry room, I mean room-the-size-of-my-other-kid's-bedroom with cabinets and wonderfulness everywhere. Now, you might be thinking this is a really weird, long, dead-end tunnel sort of way to have to get to the laundry room. But here's the brilliance: the laundry room opens out onto the balcony overlooking the dining room, just feet from the door to the master bedroom! It's like a dream-come-true Corridor of Convenience with entrances on both ends!
So, if you're thinking the Sequoia sounds right up your alley, Marty would be thrilled to take you on your own tour. (Did I mention the neighborhood is right across from Southlands Mall?)
Of course, you can stop by and view it on your own. Just a word of warning: Don't put your name or signature on ANYTHING without telling them you have a realtor. If you do, you will be stuck without representation for the entire process. And new home contracts are much more slanted toward the builder than traditional contracts, which are slanted toward the buyer.
Lots at the Wheatlands are going fast, so give Marty a call today if you'd like to get in on the dream home action!