Having lived in an old home and one that’s about 40 years newer, but still 40 years old, I’m always torn between old charm and new floor plans. The thought of building a new home is scary but exciting.
I have friends who move around the country. A lot. And every time they move, they insist on a new home — kind of a Monk thing maybe. I once met a CEO who moved his family around the country every few years. He built the same house every time he moved because that way the family always knew where everything was.
While some folks know they want brand new “unused” homes, some of us aren’t quite so picky, but if you aren’t sure what you want to do, here’s a terrific article by Tara-Nicholle Nelson, a real estate broker in San Francisco, CA, who analyzes old versus new in the best article I’ve seen — with respect to old house charm, neighborhood, floor plans, size, accessibility and maintenance. She even asks for your comments. Enjoy.
Pam Parker has covered real estate in northwestern Pennsylvania for 23 years. She is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.