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March 6, 2020 | by admin
Why a duplex is the perfect solution for your housing needs
When looking for a new home, affordability and practicality are at the forefront of everyone’s mind. If you’re in the market for a new home, consider a duplex. Duplexes offer a long list of benefits to homeowners and are the ideal homes for people at many different stages of life. Whether you are someone purchasing their first home, empty nesters looking to downsize, or you’re somewhere in between; a duplex may be the perfect solution for your housing needs!
Duplexes for First-time Home Buyers
If you are new to the housing market, you might be fearful that you will never be able afford your own home. If you’re concerned about affording their first home, buying a duplex could be the perfect answer.
Duplexes are one of the most affordable housing options on the market today! Unlike condominiums, the other common starting point for homeowners, there are no condo fees associated with purchasing a duplex, and more parking available, with at least two parking spots, and in some cases, a double front attached garage. You simply pay your mortgage and taxes as if it were a typical home. Once you’ve moved into your new duplex, you are still able to realize great savings! Because you are living in a slightly smaller home, you will be able to save on your utility bill as it takes less power to heat a smaller space.
Owning a duplex as your first home has benefits that can extend far into the future. As you continue to grow in life, you may wish to move to a larger home that is more suitable to a larger family. You can retain ownership of your duplex when you move on and rent it to people that are in the same position you were years ago! By doing this, your first home can turn into an investment property to serve you for years to come.
From the cost of owning a new home to flexibility, practicality and future ownership benefits, duplexes are the smart choice for a first time home buyer.
Duplexes for Empty Nesters
The kids have moved out and it’s just the two of you. Now what? For many people in this position, downsizing their home is a common action as they no longer need the space of a large home and they may be looking to save some money as they head towards retirement. If you’re an empty nester considering downsizing your home into something more practical, a duplex is an ideal solution.
Just because you’re downsizing to a smaller, less expensive home it doesn’t mean you have to make sacrifices in your choice of community. In many cases, empty nesters have the desire to remain in either the same community or a similar community, close to the amenities they need and with the features and charm that lead them to fall in love with their community in the first place. Duplexes are an affordable way to achieve this, and with open kitchens, great available upgrades, and double front attached garage homes available, downsizing doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice any of the luxuries you love!
Once the kids have moved out, it’s time to start thinking more about you. Downsizing to a duplex gives empty-nesters the affordability and flexibility that they desire to allow them to remain in a pleasant, beautiful community while doing whatever they plan to do with their later years.
Duplexes for Other Stages of Life
Duplexes may typically be targeted towards new home buyers or empty nesters, but duplexes are a home option that is quite suitable to people at many different stages in life. Whether you are living by yourself, a single parent, a caregiver, or a close family looking to stay close but have their own space, duplexes are the sensible and logical option.
For anyone, purchasing a duplex is the most affordable way to have your own, spacious home and avoid the extra monthly fees of condos. An added bonus of duplexes is that if you do need a household companion, pets are allowed. Duplexes have yards for your companion to roam, and some models have double front attached garages that are warm and a great place to store the holiday decorations or hockey equipment!
If you are a single parent or caregiver, duplexes are still a great option if you are looking for a new home. Duplexes are often in the range of 1,300 to almost 2,000 square feet. This is the perfect amount of space for two people. Whether you are a single parent, or a grown adult living with your elderly parent, duplexes offer the perfect amount of space to keep you close to the people that matter most while still giving you privacy and personal living space.
Lastly, duplexes give homeowners the ability to move into their own space, but still, stay close. One of the beautiful aspects of a duplex is that there are two units connected to each other. For people who want to have their own space but remain close to family, duplexes present the ideal opportunity. A homeowner could either buy the entire duplex or rent half to family or friends, or they could split the costs and each buys a half-duplex. This is a fantastic way to have your own home but keep those who are important to you close.
Duplexes provide homeowners with the flexibility and practicality rarely available from other types of homes. They are an appealing home option for people who have so many different and diverse lifestyles or needs.
Space Between- The shared duplex wall
One sticking point that has caused buyers to hesitate when it comes to making the decision to buy: the partition wall between the two units. The fact is, most people purchasing a new house simply do not like the idea of having to share a wall with their neighbour. However, builders have listened to resident problems and over the years, changes have been made to fix the problem of the thin middle wall.
Pacesetter by Sterling Homes offers the “Silent Wall System”, each home is constructed with an independent common wall system. This means that each home has a separate exterior wall shared by 1” air gap. In addition to significantly reduce potential sound transfer between units from top to bottom, the homes are constructed with individual flooring systems which are not connected and a full height concrete wall in the basement.
Pacesetter by Sterling Homes is getting ready for its #makeityours event on Saturday, March 28, from 11am-2pm in Evanston! They will be showcasing their new double front attached garage duplex showhome, as well as have brunch nibbles, fun activities, new home specialists, prizing, and great pricing a limited selection of lots! Click here to RSVP for this last opportunity in established Evanston in NW Calgary!
StreetSide Developments has been building homes for over 28 years. We have the honour of constructing the place in the world where our owners feel most like themselves. It’s why we build one way, and one way only — to the highest level of quality, because we aren’t just building homes, we’re building your home.