What are the building trends of 2012? In years past, neighborhoods and communities were designed to fit a certain type of buyer. In the new year, we’ll begin to see developers creating multi-generational communities that appeal to Generations X, Y, and B. Hanley Wood, a company that develops online media featuring issues and products that shape construction, recently announced Builder Concept 2012. Virtual tours of homes are not available until February, but the nuts and bolts are.
Here’s the basic concept — “Three homes. Three different generations. One community. Welcome to the new econony of suburban planning that creates diverse neighborhoods, steadier sales, and long-term value.”
According to the Builder Concept 2012 website, Generation X homebuyers seek open floor plans that will accommodate children from toddlers to teens and a live-in parent or guests. Eco-conscious Gen Y households, who are looking to purchase their first home, need properties that suit their technology-driven, mobile lifestyles while leaving a smaller environmental footprint. And Boomers seek to maintain their active lifestyles as they look forward to aging in place.
It’s a tall order to fill. Stay tuned for more details and virtual house tours in February 2012.