What will the home of tomorrow look like?

Real Estate Agent with Surterre Properties

Say goodbye to suburban tract homes and hello to the future of housing. With the population rising and increased energy and fuel costs, new housing projects will become denser and environmentally friendly.

80% of Orange County's current housing was built between 1950 and 1990 - a time when we weren't worried about increasing population and decreasing resources. Some 825,000 homes were built across large open spaces in a mass produced form. But Orange County's detached, SFR will soon be seen less and less and multi-family dwellings in urbanized, contemporary environments will become more frequent.

urban cactusThe new home will include more open rooms rather than individual family, living and dining rooms. No more 3 car garages and more sharing of amenities (think pools, parks, fitness centers and tennis courts). Lofts will be built above stores for less travel time to shopping and groceries. You will become friendly again with your neighbors. Housing will become transit -oriented, near rail lines and other transportation methods. And solar power will become a normal part of daily life.

Current regional development and planning students in universities around the country are learning about this new way of life and upon graduation they will make it a reality.

Even though Orange County may not be ready for this lifestyle just yet, it is definitely heading in this direction and it needs to as space runs out. We will undeniably have to compromise and so will everyone else. But is not having a yard more important than saving a driving time of 2 hours in traffic each way to work and allowing for more time with your family?

Something to think about....

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Specialist!

Best Regards,


Past President, Orange County Association of Realtors





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Melissa Furman
Keller Williams Capital District Real Estate - Saratoga Springs, NY
Lic Real Estate Salesperson Luxury Homes

Great post thanks for sharing!

Dec 29, 2010 09:46 AM #1
Mike Wong
Keller Williams Realty Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest

Definitely something to think about Michael and its going to be interesting to see how the industry evolves with these ideas in mind. Im actually going to visit a condo complex in New York this year that incorporated alot of these concepts and maybe bring it back to Houston as a development.

Dec 29, 2010 10:38 AM #2
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


So many housing innovations have come from SoCal.  You really are in a trendsetting area.


Dec 29, 2010 11:24 AM #3
Eric Anderson
Prudential PenFed Realty (Fayetteville) - Fayetteville, NC
Fort Bragg Military Relocation Services, Fayetteville, NC Realtor

Michael, as our population grows we will have to adapt to the growing population changes...

Dec 29, 2010 03:03 PM #4
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Good post Michael. This is occuring in Northern VA too. In-fill building of smaller structures with more open floor plans is becoming the norm.

Dec 30, 2010 01:38 AM #5
Joshua Harley
Fathom Realty - Plano, TX
CEO, Tech Geek, Innovator, Disruptor, US Marine

I agree - and hydro gardens will probably be part of the landscape too!

Dec 30, 2010 06:31 AM #6
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