Pros and Cons of Cincinnati Patio Homes

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Pros and Cons of Cincinnati Patio Homes

Cincinnati area patio homes are a specialty of ours.  We've spent years scouring the area to identify these pocket communities that offer low maintenance lifestyles!  What's not to like about having someone else mow your lawn when it's 95 degrees outside?  Or clear the snow off your driveway and sidewalk when it's 20 degrees and blustery?

But we'll have to admit, there are trade offs when choosing Cincinnati patio homes as your residence.

 Typically patio homes are on smaller lots than a "regular" single family home.  That means that SOMETIMES the view is like this:

Golf course patio home view

But often, when you look out your back window you're looking right over at a neighbor's back window.  It all depends on the community.  Some have done a great job of using green space for buffer, or using larger lots.  But most often there's not going to be much clearance, especially side to side.

HOA fees will be higher than a regular single family home, but they don't mow the lawn and shovel the snow for free!  Just think of it as an advance contracted lawn service with group rates!  And have you ever tried to find someone to plow your drive if you're not already on their client list?  Good luck with that! 

Your responsibilities vary.  Some communities have very low HOA fees because they just provide the very basics, mow the lawn, shovel the snow.  Others fertilize, add mulch, replace shrubs, etc.  And others (landominium category) are MUCH higher, but they also include exterior maintenance of the home (siding, roof, etc.).

Amenities vary by community.  For example, Four Bridges patio home have Social Memberships that include pool and tennis access, and you can join the golf club if you've got the desire to hit the links.  Other communities, what you see is what you get:  no frills, but that probably means a lower HOA fee.

Patio home availability is limited.  At any given moment there are about 100 patio homes available for sale in Cincinnati MLS.  That's from Mt. Lookout all the way up to Springboro and beyond.  MOST patio homes are outside the Cincinnati I275 loop.  When you start narrowing down to 2 or 3 communities and a certain price range we may quickly find the number of patio homes for sale that fit your needs are just a few, and in the worst case, none.  Cincinnati area patio homes

Patio homes communities tend to be smaller, anywhere from less than a dozen to more typically a 30 home subsection of a larger community.  However, some communities such as Walden Ponds in Fairfield Township are much more plentiful with their patio homes.

New construction patio homes are available, but rare is the offering below $300,000.  And builders don't always call them patio homes, using terms such as lifestyle homes and villa homes.  And the patio home market gets further confused by that mix of terminology because the terms aren't consistently used, e.g. lifestyle ranches don't always equate to patio homes.

Most patio homes are newer, but some are just old enough where brass fixtures were still in vogue when built!

Most patio homes are ranch style, but a few communities do offer two story patio homes, and in those cases the master suite is USUALLY on the first floor.

As a patio home owner, you may find selling your patio home may take a bit longer than a regular single family home.  The buyer pool is more narrow than for a regular home, and frankly many potential buyers (and their agents) don't understand the niche and where to find Cincinnati patio homes.  That gap in the market is among the reasons we've turned our team's attention to serving patio home buyers and sellers. 

We provide specialty information and patio home searches, but we'll admit we don't place ALL we know about patio homes on our websites.  We don't publish all we know, reserving that full expertise for our clients.  

Have questions about patio homes?  Thinking about buying or selling?  Just email us or call 513-520-5305.  We're no hassle, no pressure. 

Take a look at Warren County and Cincinnati area patio home information on our website where you can search for patio homes for sale in Cincinnati MLS

Serving Cincinnati patio home buyers and sellers,

Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I love learning about different types of homes across the country. It is unique the different terms used from one part to another. You have a great presentation for area buyers, a job well done. 

Oct 04, 2014 11:03 PM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Bill and Liz. Patio homes are pervasive in New Jersey too. Essentially they are condos in single family styles except the density is greater and the fees higher.

Oct 04, 2014 11:23 PM #2
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Anyone looking for a patio home needs to contact the two of've got all the information they could possibly need.

Oct 05, 2014 12:24 AM #3
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Scott, One of the perks of ActiveRain, we get to see a bit of everything!

Sheila, They're scarcer here, but the builders are starting to recognize the demand.

Roger, Either on our website or in our heads, we've got it covered!

Oct 05, 2014 02:40 AM #4
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

BLiz:  Your knowledge of this niche market in the Cincinnati area shines through and consumers would be wise to hire you with their buying or selling real estate needs.

Oct 05, 2014 07:56 AM #5
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Anita, I just spent the afternoon out with patio buyers and I have to admit I made their life difficult:  they now have too MANY good choices to pick from :) 

Oct 05, 2014 07:59 AM #6
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

We don't have patio homes here. Bummer. There are only a couple of neighborhoods that offer something similar Cottage Homes. These are smaller homes that include all the exterior yard maintenance in the HOA fee. However, the price point here is rather high. Cottage homes are in the mid-$400,000's and the HOA fees are often in excess of $150/month. 

Oct 06, 2014 01:13 AM #7
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Tammie, Those Cottage Homes sound exactly like some versions of our patio homes.  I've seen HOA fees as low as $80 and as high at mid $300s per month.  The upper end ones usually include the roof and exterior maintenace as part of the deal. 

Oct 06, 2014 07:58 AM #8
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

The pro list seems so much better than the con list.  I can't even imagine shoveling snow.  EVER.

Oct 08, 2014 03:19 PM #9
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Tammy, I bought a snowblower a few years ago for just that reason.  Shoveling isn't fun at all!

Oct 08, 2014 10:10 PM #10
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Liz and Bill - landominium -- now, that is a new term to me.

Very informative post which should be a must read for anyone considering a purchase of Cincinnati real estate.  It's obvious that not all patio homes are created(or maintained) equally.   

Oct 12, 2014 02:12 AM #11
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Michael, There's enough variations on the theme to make it a challenge for buyers (and their agents) to know all the options unless they invest a LOT of time into knowing the niche.  The information is just not readily available outside of the selected communities we've promoted so far.

Oct 12, 2014 02:47 AM #12
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