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Buying an Infill Lot - What is an Infill Lot, and Why is it Greener?
What To Look for with Infill Development
What is an Infill Lot?
"Fill In" Lots
Think of an infill lot as "filling in" available lots and land where infrastructure and services are already in place.
An infill lot might be an empty lot between homes in an existing newer subdivision.
An infill lot could also be an available piece of land between older homes, or between buildings.
Why is an Infill Lot Greener?
The Urban Land Institute says that urban infill lots converted to new homes create neighborhood revitalization.
An infill lot is more likely to have access to public transportation that has been put in place to service existing homes and businesses.
Reduced Carbon Footprint
An infill lot is more likely to be near local businesses and amenities, making walking or biking viable options - and reducing carbon footprints.
What Should I Be Aware Of When Buying an Infill Lot?
Homebuyers will want to try to match the architectural designs in the existing neighborhood as much as possible. A 4000 sq ft home built in a neighborhood consisting of 1500 sq ft homes will probably not hold value well - and may not appraise well for financing.
HOA and Review Committees
As in many neighborhoods, potential homes may need to be reviewed and approved by any existing homeowners associations or review committees.
Shape and Size of Lot
The lot may be an odd size or shape, which has caused it to be passed over. Your builder may be able to recommend a type of home or floor plan that will fit well, or make modifications to your favorite plan.
The city or county may have a maximum impervious surface requirement. This means the foundation, walkways, and driveways can not cover more than a specific number of square feet. Again, the builder and/or architect can work to design or modify the home, driveway, and walkways so that the impervious surface requirement is met.
Sewer and Water
Don't assume that sewer and water are readily available - be sure to check on whether or not hookups already exist at your infill lot. If not, find out what the cost will be to make sure your new home has sewer and water (or a septic and well) available.
Get an Expert to Review Your Infill Lot - Then Enjoy Your New Home!
Work with a builder and/or agent with plenty of experience purchasing land and building on infill lots. There are some differences between infill lots and new neighborhoods, but there are advantages too! Knowing the right questions to ask and having a home that fits well can make all the difference.
Need help deciding on a lot or neighborhood?
Stanton Homes offers a free lot inspection to help you find the fit that works well for your budget - and provides a full cost analysis of site work, permits, fees, and sewer and water costs. Contact us today to find out more.