Posted: 07/23/2020   Blog Home   Contact

Big Homes Had Fallen Out of Favor ...
... Then Came the Coronavirus Pandemic

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In recent years, Americans have been less interested in living in those sprawling McMansions in the suburbs, as people of all ages gravitated toward walkable urban neighborhoods. The prevailing wisdom: Who needs all that space, anyway? What does it matter if you have only 400 square feet of living space when you can just pop out of your condo or apartment and enjoy all the amenities of the city? Fascination with tiny homes and micro‑apartments grew, and experts predicted those supersized homes in the suburbs would struggle to find buyers.

Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Suddenly, small homes felt very small. Millions of Americans were confined to their homes with their families—all the time. With kids interrupting Zoom meetings with the boss, bedrooms pulling triple duty as offices and fitness centers, and dining rooms being repurposed as online schools, itty‑bitty living spaces no longer seemed to work.

Instead, COVID‑19 has made those boring big homes with large backyards hot again as folks are seeking enough space to accommodate being home around the clock, say real estate experts. An extra 300 square feet for a dedicated home office never sounded so good. So, are we looking at the return of the McMansion?

Instead, COVID‑19 has made those boring big homes with large backyards hot again as folks are seeking enough space to accommodate being home around the clock, say real estate experts. An extra 300 square feet for a dedicated home office never sounded so good. So, are we looking at the return of the McMansion?

Source: Clare Trapasso, news editor, realtor.com, accessed July 23, 2020.


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