Housing Choices

The history of meeting the needs of millions of new residents over the last few decades has resulted in Florida creating one of the nation’s most diverse housing style selections. Everything from over-the-top opulent to modest and practical is available to accommodate almost every household size and budget.

While considering basics such as number of bedrooms and size of home are at the foundation of selecting your next home, many households can choose from a variety of housing styles to accommodate their needs.

Each style or format of home is distinctive and designed to meet a particular homeowner demand.

 


Single-Family Home

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As the most familiar style of home to new Florida residents the single family home remains the leading home style choice. Size, design and price-point of single-family homes vary greatly. Among relocating Baby Boomers the most popular size single family home today tends to be from 1,800 to 2,200 sq. ft. of living area.

 

Detached Patio / Garden Homes

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This style of home will be found on narrower homesites than traditional single-family homes resulting in plan designs that stretch more front-to-back as opposed to side-to-side.

 

Condominiums and Townhomes

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It is possible that country club facilities at condominium projects are independently owned and operated by a professional country club operator distinct from the condominium association.

Most condominiums consist of several apartment-like units on a single floor in a multi-floor building.  Parking for owners is provided in a variety of manners including lower level underground parking, outside covered parking and exposed outdoor spaces.

A common variation of the condominium is marketed as Carriage Homes consisting of two units on each of the two floors for a total of four units per building.

Another variation of condo are rows of attached single level residences in rows that are most commonly referred to as Villas.

Townhomes are a type of condominium comprised of 2 level or 3 level residences attached in rows typically of 4 to 8 townhomes per building.  Depending on community design, parking can be provided via private garage or outside parking.

Due to the high value of waterfront land and inner city locations the high-rise condominium remains the leading home ownership option for inner city dwellers and residences directly on the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

All condominium format homes are under the control of a Condominium Association which assess owners a fee for payment of exterior maintenance requirements, maintenance of common areas including amenities, basic structure insurance, liability insurance and common area taxes. As a rule, Associations rely on the services of professional property managers to oversee day-to-day management of the property including maintenance, accounting and coordination of owner meetings.

The benefit to condo style living perceived by owners is the “carefree” type of lifestyle that these managed properties deliver and the ability to “lock and leave” a residence for extended periods.

For many the advantage of condo ownership is what is often viewed as more affordable purchase prices.  However, many of the Florida waterfront and metropolitan market choices found are clearly characterized as luxury residences with big ticket prices ranging from $500,000 to well in excess of $1,000,000.

It should be noted that condo owners are responsible for maintenance and insurance of everything within the exterior boundary wall of their defined condominium/townhome unit.  Condo owners are also responsible for real estate taxes assessed on their unit by local county government that is in addition to property taxes assessed on common areas.

 

Manufactured Home

manufactured-homes-19[2]In times past Manufactured Homes were commonly referred to as “mobile homes” stemming from fact that these factory built residences are trucked into place and “tied down” in accordance to local building codes. More elaborate options of this style of home are typically referred to as Modular Homes, which are delivered approximately 90% completed and can include multi-story designs.

Over the years the range of available Manufactured Home sizes has expanded together with greater refinement of interior and exterior finishes.  Today sizes typically found on the market range from under 800 sq. ft. to over 2,500 sq. ft. of living area.  Specialty designs reach in excess of 3,000 sq. ft. living area.  Optional porches and carports are also features commonly incorporated into the structures.

Owners of Manufactured Homes most generally place their homes in communities or “parks” where they pay a monthly rental for the space occupied by their home. These communities include both 55 plus age-restricted and non-age restricted formats.

Retirement oriented communities can include an array of lifestyle amenities including clubhouse, golf course, tennis and fitness facilities.

Although rental communities are the most prevalent type of Manufactured Home community, opportunities do exist for residing in neighborhoods where homesites can be purchased.  It is also very common for manufactured homes to be placed in more rural settings for owners desiring larger tracts of property.

Affordability and speed of creating a new residence are primary motivators for selecting a Manufactured Home.