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18July

Create Your Zen, or at least a little calm

Great on-trend tips from REALTOR.com! Consider ways to incorporate these features as a home-seller, or just to make your space more relaxing!

 

Stress-Free Homes Are a Trending Niche


From family and jobs to finances and health, life can get complicated. “Zen is in demand,” as one real estate pro says. Learn how you can provide that.


Whether it’s a luxurious $45 million estate in California or a modest $250,000 two-bedroom house in Ohio, marketing a home’s stress-relieving qualities is a growing trend. Today, developers, builders, and interior designers are trying to make homes that offer that soft landing at the end of a day. And homeowners need it—about eight in 10 Americans say they frequently (44 percent) or sometimes (35 percent) encounter stress in their daily lives, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Helping clients find a soothing place to come home to can become a niche in the real estate world. And, understanding what stress-relieving designs are available can help you and your agents guide clients to a happy purchase.

Reaching Female Homebuyers
Since 2003, Design Basics Inc., in Omaha, has been gearing many of its residential blueprints toward easing stress because that is one of the four important elements women look for in a home’s design. Why women, you ask? Well, 91 percent of home purchases are influenced by women, according to the Harvard Business Review. Additionally, the National Association of REALTORS® 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that the number of single female buyers continues to rise, and are currently the second largest buyer group at 18 percent behind married couples at 63 percent.

Paul Foresman, director of business development for Design Basics, says the company took data and research on female buyers of all ages and backgrounds and created the Woman-Centric Matters home design program. They discovered the four primary elements women are looking for in home design: entertainment, stress relief, storage, and flexible living. Foresman travels across the country talking to builders about the program.

“Everyone lives differently. But women tell us that they want to come into their home and feel like it is a place of respite. They look for homes that make their life easier, more convenient, more fun, and more inviting to others,” he adds.

Home designs by Greg Malin, CEO and founder of Troon Pacific in San Francisco, are adding amenities such as lap pools with underwater speakers that play music and art galleries with chaise lounges so you can take it all in.

“What’s the best luxury in life? My late wife would say it’s your health,” Malin says. So, he builds homes with his passion for sustainability and wellness in mind. Less stress in a person’s world can help with their health. For instance, cables in all bedrooms of his homes are shielded to mitigate electromagnetic field waves, which can cause the body to emit stress signals that can lead to high levels of adrenaline.

His company also uses biophilic design, which bridges a homeowner’s lifestyle with natural environment around them. “We’re trying to connect people to nature. One of our homes offers a yoga deck. Plus, each [development] project offers a wellness center with a sauna, steam room, a place to have a massage, meditation area, and outdoor shower,” he adds.

Joel Goodrich, agent at Colwell Banker Preview International in San Francisco, has shown Malin’s stress-free homes several times to clients. He also is a friend of Malin. “Perhaps, we are living in more stressful times than ever before. People are looking for their homes to be an oasis or retreat from life, the world, and business,” he says. “These homes are designed to feel like a retreat. Zen is in demand.”

 

Tips for Alleviating Stress at All Price Points
Most home buyers are looking for respite in a haven from everyday stress. The good news is not all stress-free homes have to be multimillion-dollar properties. Here are some of the stress-reducing designs and products being showcased in homes across the country.

 

Natural light, plus dimmers. “People always gravitate to the bright, sunny spaces in a home. So, anything we can to do enhance natural light is popular,” Foresman says. Malin adds that lights with dimmers can also help reduce harshness, especially in bedrooms, for a more relaxing ambiance.

 

Automated shades. Shades programed to open at sunrise can be a calming way to wake up without an alarm. They can also be used to reduce sunlight for those not ready to rise, Goodrich says. In addition to setting times, homeowners can pair smart shades with a digital thermostat, so they automatically open and close based on temperature.

 

A water feature. “Water can be very calming,” Goodrich says. In one extreme example, an international architect put a waterfall in the middle of a living room design and branded it. But a simple fountain in a sun porch or patio can do wonders, too, he adds.

 

Pet centers. Many buyers nowadays are seeking pet-friendly abodes, so features such as cabinets with pullout drawers for dog food goes a long way. Some want a dog washing station or a room for the pet itself. Electronic doggie doors have also become popular, where the dog has a collar that automatically opens the door to go inside or out.

 

Nature’s beauty. The ability to see flowers or greenery outside your windows—even in a big city—helps create peacefulness. In Malin’s homes, he plants green rows of bamboo or cypress outside the main windows, even in the heart of the Bay Area.

 

Covered outdoor living space. Foresman says you don’t have to cancel your plans if it rains when you have a covered outdoor area, which eliminates worry. Plus, coffee on the patio can still happen on rainy mornings. A pergola cover or easy-to-assemble patio gazebo are cost-effective ways to accomplish this.

 

Work-in pantry. Taking the walk-in pantry to the next level, some buyers want a prep area, sink, dishwasher, and sometimes an oven in what’s dubbed the “work-in” pantry, Foresman says. This eliminates guests seeing any mess while keeping the heart of the gathering in the kitchen.

 

Relaxing sounds and white noise. Malin installs speakers in master bedrooms and bathrooms, allowing for the sounds of waterfalls, forests, or whatever keeps the homeowners tranquil. For existing homes without built-in speakers, try a Google Home or Amazon Echo—relaxing sounds at open houses may even entice buyers.

 

Shipping vestibule. This involves a door or cupboard that opens for delivery people. They can leave the package behind the door without entering the house, Foresman says. You don’t have to be home when the delivery is dropped off, and locks can used from your smartphone to avoid theft.

 

Dual owner suites. This newer building plan has quickly become Foresman’s top seller. It includes two suites on the main floor that can be used for older couples who don’t sleep in the same bed, multigenerational households, boomerang kids, friends who have purchased together, or live-in caregivers. “In many ways for all involved it’s a great stress reliever, with a private bathroom and enough storage,” he adds.

 

Shared from REALTOR.com

June 27, 2019

by Lee Nelson

Posted in National Real Estate News

28June

Great New Homes Making a Splash!

 

Newly Listed this Week!

It's been a busy week with exciting new coastal opportunities. Click on a link to find out more about these fantastic homes in a range of prices and locations! We would love to arrange a personal tour for you.

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98 Tidewater | Henlopen Acres | MLS:DESU142672 | $1,650,000

A HOME BY THE SEA. This coastal colonial offers the perfect summer, or year-round sanctuary in the ideal beach locale. Nestled in private & tranquil Henlopen Acres, it is a place to get away from it all, yet close to all the action, fun, and culinary attractions of one of America's best beach towns! Enjoy a light-filled, expansive sun / family room with skylights, an inviting living room with wood-burning fireplace, rich hardwood floors throughout, 4 bedrooms, a full unfinished basement, and more! Situated on a wooded lot with a spacious backyard - perfect for summer get togethers.

 
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17299 Merlin Ln | Hawkseye | MLS:DESU142834 | $1,325,000

WELCOME TO YOUR OWN PRIVATE OASIS in the premier beach community of Hawkseye where inviting elegance abounds! This stunning almost 5000 sq ft home highlights the attention to detail and high end finishes that you would expect in a luxury custom home. The one-of-a-kind back yard retreat features a stunning pool surrounded by lush landscaping that creates a secluded setting, giving you the amenities of a perimeter lot without the nuisance of wooded lot insects. Entertain in a true chef's quality kitchen with quartz counters, stainless steel Wolf & SubZero appliances including a 6-burner range, 2 wall ovens, 2 dishwashers, walk-in pantry, and wetbar with wine cooler, all of which flow effortlessly to the light-filled three-season room overlooking the pool, the hot tub, 2 decks and multiple garden areas - you feel like you are on vacation all year long! The inviting living room has a soaring 2nd floor ceiling & stone fireplace. Retreat to the first-floor master suite complete with its own fireplace, 2 walk-in closets with custom shelving, and luxurious master bath with radiant heat tile flooring & separate soaking tub. Host family and friends with three second level bedrooms (2 with en-suite baths & walk-in closets) and first floor office that can double as an additional guest bedroom. Other features include a partially finished basement with 2 stairwells (one interior & one through the garage), 3-car garage, and more. This ideal 3/4-acre lot has easy access to the community's amenities, as well as the Breakwater Junction Trail to Rehoboth Beach and In-town Lewes!

 
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6 Canary Dr | Pilottown Village | MLS: DESU142564 | $499,900

POPULAR PILOTTOWN VILLAGE! Love where you live! This home features single level living, a welcoming living room with a natural gas fireplace, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, master bedroom with a large walk-in closet, and sunroom that offers tranquil views of the lovely trees, Endless enjoyment so close to downtown, being within walking distance to Historic Lewes shopping & dining, and the scenic waterways and natural beauty that set Lewes apart.

 
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16153 Red Fox Ln | Red Fox Run | MLS: DESU142718 | $499,900

SPACE, GRACE, IN ONE PLACE! Beautiful & meticulously maintained home in the private enclave of Red Fox Run awaits your next gathering! Spacious design delivers functional convenience. Situated on a large partially wooded, and superbly landscaped corner lot with a welcoming wraparound front porch. Features a gourmet kitchen with granite counters & stainless steel appliances - centrally located between the formal dining room and inviting living room with cathedral ceiling & fireplace, a private master bedroom with spa-like en-suite bath & a generously sized walk-in closet, bonus room on the second floor, and so much more! The lush, wooded backdrop of the back yard is the perfect setting for relaxation, privacy, and entertaining. Enjoy the best of both worlds from this property that offers country quiet living only minutes from the beach!

 
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37227 Brenda Ln | Silver Woods | MLS:DESU143238 | $465,000

MODEL PERFECT! This beautifully maintained contemporary home has curb appeal outside & high-end finishes inside! Features an open floor plan with stainless steel Wolf & SubZero appliances, granite counters, & a butler's pantry in the gourmet kitchen, rich hardwood & tile flooring throughout, light-filled sunroom with skylights, welcoming living room with soaring ceilings - open to the second floor, and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, private 1st floor master suite, and so much more. Truly a must-see that~s only minutes downtown Bethany, beaches and boardwalk!

 
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30455 Half Shell Rd | Oyster Rock

Beds: 4 | Baths: 3

Year Built: 2004

Lot Size: 0.78 Acres

MLS: DESU142966 | $439,000

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26156 Rich Field | Richfield Acres 

Beds: 3 | Baths: 2

Year Built: 2017

Lot Size: 0.80 Acres

MLS: DESU142828 | $389,900

 
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16356 Corkscrew Ct | Nassau Grove

Beds: 3 | Baths: 2

Year Built: 2011

3,500 sqft

MLS: DESU143164 | $384,900

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16885 Devon Rd | Mill Pond Acres

Beds: 3 | Baths: 2

Year Built: 1998

Lot Size: 0.29 Acres

MLS: DESU143218 | $349,900

 
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99 Dove Dr | Covey Creek

Beds: 4 | Baths: 2

Year Built: 1979

Lot Size: 0.43 Acres

MLS: DESU142988 | $319,000

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17272 King Phillip Way |

Reserves of Nassau

Beds: 3 | Baths: 2.5

Year Built: 2005

MLS: DESU142944 | $279,900

 
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19004 Timbercreek Dr |

Shoreview Woods

Beds: 3 | Baths: 2.5

Year Built: 2015

MLS: DESU143048 | $269,900

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Lot 30 Wandering Ln | Fox Hollow

Lot Size: 0.42 Acres

100 x 182

MLS: DESU142966 | $41,500