Why have Master's on Main gotten so popular?

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    This is an ever changing market we currently live in, trends come and go, but it seems to be that the current trend is for homes that have masters on the main living level.  “It’s a trend that’s been going on for a while and has percolated to every price point from under a million to multimillions,” said Nanette Hansen of Sotheby’s.

   The graying of the population is surely an issue. “Buyers are no longer willing to walk upstairs to go to bed,” Mr. Pellman said. “Unless they’re very young buyers, people with money are thinking, ‘I don’t want to be climbing up stairs in 10 years.’  Whether it is the baby boomers are getting bad knees,  and don’t want to climb stairs.


       There is also a trend toward “multigenerational living,” according to Chris Chapin, an agent at Douglas Elliman, who believes that a shift is occurring in which the postwar nuclear family is giving way to a larger family unit that includes grandparents. “There are huge benefits to having several generations” living under one roof, he said. “Studies have shown that there’s a higher survival rate for kids, and that they’re more well adjusted if their grandparents, who have life experiences that can be critically important, are around. This is bigger than real estate . . . people want to have their loved ones nearby.”  

     Main Floor Master Suites - A Growing Trend Across the Country,  a Builder's Perspective on Main Floor Master Plans vs Traditional Two Story Home Plans – Construction Differences and Costs
If you are retired or planning to retire soon, and are looking for a new home, chances are you're considering floor plans with a main floor master suite.   But "boomers" aren't the only home owners eyeing downstairs sleeping arrangements.  Even some younger families are starting to consider a home with a main floor master bedroom... once the kids are in school, there's not as much reason to have a bedroom just down the hall.   

  There are certainly benefits.  Fewer walks up and down the stairs.  Perhaps even a private patio or deck off the master bedroom for early morning quiet time.  Some distance from the sounds of guests and children - that is, unless the guests and children are downstairs!
But there can also be some higher costs.  

   In general, a two-story home with a main floor master bedroom will have a higher per square foot cost than a two-story home with all bedrooms located on the second floor.  
Why?  Well, let's take a close look at two homes and find out.
The two homes we're going to study both offer about 2400 square feet.  But it's the differences in how that square footage is distributed that add to the cost to build each home, and thus the cost to purchase the home.  
   We'll compare and contrast two terrific homes by Frank Betz.  
Both of these homes have a lot more to offer than a traditional "box" starter home.  There's visual appeal on the inside and the outside.  Both offer a master suite with an attached private sitting room.  Both have open, vaulted master bathrooms.     
Traditional Two Story – Second Floor Master Bedroom




  Two Master Suite Home Plans

 Then you have Home owners who are purchasing home plans with Two Master Suites for different reasons. The double master house plan is another option similar to the duplex plan. Families that have aging parents that may require assisted living choose the 2 master suite configurations as an alternative to a nursing home. The second master suite is also great for friends that have a co-own agreement and appreciate separate or private space at times. The garage building blueprints in this collection represent the effort of dozens of garage designers and architects. This guarantees a broad spectrum of design interpretations within this particular style home plan.
Also see: Mother-in-Law Suite Plans and Duplex House Plans



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Preston Fichter Salinari
Associate Broker/Appraiser/NACHI Certified
Mercatus Realty LLC

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