Accessible Housing Boom for Boomers..Pikesville, MD 21208

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

It's no secret that the aging of Boomers will mean changing housing needs. This massive generation will include people who need accessible features in their homes, but won't want to give up convenience, style, and livability. Safety is always an issue, but no one wants to feel as if they are living in an institutional environment.

Accessible House - FrontIn Baltimore, one company has taken on the challenge. Accessible Housing Services bought a typical, small ranch house in the Pikesville area, and made changes that open the home up with options for the mobility-impaired and wheelchair users. I had a chance to see the home a while ago, and came away impressed.

Accessible House - Front DoorThe front entrance is remarkable because it looks completely "normal" – the nicely fenced porch has the kind of walkway to the front door you would expect. Then you notice that the end of the porch next to the driveway is open, and it is actually the beginning of a gently inclined ramp.

 

At the front door, a push-button lock and handle simplify opening. Inside are halls that are comfortably wide, and even fiberglass-reinforced walls that resist dings and dents from wheelchair bumps. The kitchen features multi-height counters to serve both standing and seated chefs. And out back, the fenced deck features the same level driveway access and French doors.

Accessible House - Deck

Accessible House - Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Anderson received the Accessibility Award from the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities, and an Executive Citation from the County Executive for his creation of this house. It illustrates what can be done to help people stay in their homes as their health needs change. Isn't that what most of us want?

 

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Lenn Harley
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Very nice.  Baltimore is very progressive about promoting homes for older citizens.  There are definately benefits for all, builders, sellers, buyers and, of course, agents. 

Might as well get those homes availaible.

We're taking over!!!!!

Nov 13, 2007 08:11 AM #1
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Margaret, This is an excellent idea and one that builders certainly need to start thinking about. The baby boomers are going to be needing these types of houses real soon. And there are a bunch of us. What a cute little house!
Nov 13, 2007 09:18 AM #2
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Dena Stevens Coriz
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I've never heard of accessible housing, I've heard of Universal Designed housing. Another cool idea, lower the light switches a few inches for anybody in a wheel chair or who can't raise their arms.
Nov 13, 2007 10:42 AM #3
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Linda Scanlan
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Margaret - What a great house and a wonderful idea that builder has! We need to do this here in Texas!
Nov 13, 2007 11:04 AM #4
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Lynn, What is special about Eric is that he helps get existing homes accessible. And yep WE are taking over.

Bryant, As a former RN I was so impressed with how special this home is. Anyone can use this property. It all makes so much sense!

Dena, There are so many of these idea that we can adapt to many of our homes and help our clients age in place.

Linda, We need to do this in every state!

Nov 13, 2007 12:19 PM #5
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Margaret~ 

WOW! This is really interesting news. I want to know more about this subject. Hope you will post this to the ECO-All-Stars group, too. This is that kind of stewardship that opens doors to new perspectives and hope. Thanks for letting us know about this.

Nov 13, 2007 03:19 PM #6
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janeAnne, Thanks for the suggestion. I just posted to the ECO-All Stars group.
Nov 14, 2007 04:31 AM #7
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Carole Cohen
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Margaret was it TS Elliot who said Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night? I may have my poets mixed up but the point is, this is something not worth resisting. It's also a great resale home for  young folk since boomers are gonna be around for eons and needing one floor homes. 
Nov 14, 2007 06:16 AM #8
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Margaret, thanks for bringing this to our attention. There are a lot of things we can design into our homes that don't shout "handicapped" - wider hallways and doorways, lower light switches, lipless showers, grab bars that are architecturally interesting ... why not design for now AND when we get older.

Nov 14, 2007 11:11 AM #9
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Carole,I call these "forever" homes. Good for extended family...young, old, accessible etc.

Sharon, Just being aware of our needs make homes livable for all.

Good talking with you today. Happy Birthday .....I was a day early.

Nov 14, 2007 01:38 PM #10
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Margaret - What smart design! I love the ideas and agree they should be incorporated into all homes. This designer truly had aesthetics in mind! Great post!
Nov 14, 2007 02:51 PM #11
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Happy Birthday Sharon!
Nov 14, 2007 02:53 PM #12
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Mary, Hoping that this post brings more awareness to all of us in Real Estate. Just think  a sport's injury at any age would require some of these features.
Nov 14, 2007 11:56 PM #13
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Margaret,

I look froward to my SRES designation this upcoming year.........We 'll need it to help them.

Thanks for post, incredible information

Nov 15, 2007 02:02 AM #14
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Maria, You are welcome.

The SRES is a good designation.. received mine  this past year.

Nov 15, 2007 03:41 AM #15
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I am offended.  My children are baby boomers and now everyone is jumping through hoops to make life more enjoyable for them as they retire.

Poor me, a neglected old man amongst those that are controlling (well maybe not totally) the world.

Sure hope they do not forget their fathers and mothers.  If they do, maybe their children won't.  'Scuse me while I go and write to my grandchildren.  They still love me.

Nov 15, 2007 09:34 PM #16
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Ed, Never would I do anything to offend you. You are way too special. These houses are for ALL of us. Accessible ..As I commented above..Just think  a sport's injury at any age would require some of these features.

And there is nothing poor, old or neglected about you, my friend!  Enjoy the grandkids.

Nov 16, 2007 01:23 AM #17
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I've been searching the internet for a few days looking for a home for my friend.  2 years ago she fell out of a bunk bed and is now in a wheelchair.  The story is a very sad one.  Her husband has left her and has recently won custody of their only child.  My friend is 50 years old, loves her job (teaching and tutoring elementary children) and used to love life.  They need to sell their home and she needs to find a home that is suited for her in the Olney/Brookeville area of Maryland.  I'm a real estate agent in the area, but I'm at a loss as to finding her a suitable place.

This builder that you talk about is he building anything out this way?  Could he renovate something for her?  If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate them.  Help.  Thanks.

Sep 06, 2008 02:33 AM #18
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Please contact Eric info@AccessibleHousingServices.com  He will be able to help make almost any home accessible.

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