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Asheville Handicap Accessible Real Estate- "80 % of Baby Boomers Desire THIS!"

Asheville Real Estate Journal. - Baby Boomers and the Allure of Universal Design Elements 
The Worthy Demand for Asheville Handicap Accessible Real Estate- Wheels & Universal Design Elements Series


FYI- Poll:  Opinion Research Corporation for AARP, a "baby boomers" majority said they intend to stay in a one-level home, relocate to one, and/or downsize. Nearly 80 percent of baby boomers say they would like to continue to live at home for so long as they can. Living at home- What makes this possible in terms of the environment itself?  Planning, design and development of homes in sustainable communities-with a whole systems approach and a nod to practical comfort via universal design elements.

Wheelchair Access and Universal Design in NC Home

Universal Design Elements-   are special features in and around the home that allow home owners to "age in place."  According to the National Association of Home Builders, those features can include:

Overall Floor Plan -Main living on a single story, including full bath, no steps between rooms/areas on the same level and a -foot by 5-foot clear/turn space in living area, kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom. (see photo)

Hallways- Minimum of 36 inches wide, wider preferred and that the hallways are well lit

Entry- Accessible path of travel to the home, at least one no-step entry with a cover, sensor light at exterior no-step entry focusing on the front-door lock, non-slip flooring in foyer, doorbell in accessible location, surface to place packages on when opening door

Thresholds- Flush preferable, exterior maximum of ½ inch beveled and interior maximum of ¼ inch

Interior Doors- 32 inches of clear width and a 36-inch door, levered door hardware

Windows-Plenty of windows for natural light, lowered windows or taller windows with lower sill height, low maintenance exterior and interior finishes, and easy to operate hardware

Faucets- Lever handles or pedal-controlled. thermostatic or anti-scald controls. pressure balanced faucets

 Kitchen and Laundry- Counters- adjustable and/or varied height counters and removable base cabinets, pull-down shelving, glass-front cabinet doors, open shelving for easy access to frequently used items -and-Appliances - (preferably energy efficient)- front loading laundry machines. microwave oven at counter height or in wall, side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, 30-inch by 48-inch clear space at appliances or 60-inch diameter clear space for turns, multi-level work areas to accommodate cooks of different heights. task lighting in appropriate work areas, loop handles for easy grip and pull, pull-out spray faucet; levered handles.

Bathroom- Wheelchair maneuverable bath on main level with 60-inch turning radius or acceptable T-turn space and 36-inch by 36-inch or 30-inch by 48-inch clear space, curbless  shower with seat .toilet 2 ½ inches higher than standard toilet (17 to 19 inches) or height-adjustable, wall-hung sink with knee space and panel to protect user from pipes, slip-resistant flooring in bathroom and shower. 

Whether you are buying or selling property, my team and I am seasoned REALTORS® who successfully can connect you with beautiful  and comfortable homes in the Asheville North Carolina area.  Our areas of specialization:  1) Aging in Place in WNC HealthyBuilt® Homes/ Accessible/ Universal Design  Quality Mountain Homes and 2) LAND!

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Universal Design Elements-   are special features in and around the home that allow home owners to "age in place." 

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

Hi JaneAnne~  We have one builder here that focus's his homes on the aging in place idea.  His homes are very nice.  I love the concept!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) about 9 years ago

JaneAnn

Thanks for sharing the information on Universal Design.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 9 years ago

JaneAnn - I have always been glad that NC seems to be at the forefront of the entire "aging in place" sensitivity movement.  Now if we could just get that into a national dialog ... we might be able to keep people from feeling they have to leave "home" when they are classed as a senior!  Thanks for the post ... and I look forward to future "parts."

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) about 9 years ago

Hi Vickie~

With your background as an RN, you must have hands-on experience with universal design elements and how they can add value to a home.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

I would rather age in place than get shoved into a home.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

Lou~

I appreciate your encouragement!!! Thank you! I am wondering if universal design elements appeal to you...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

Hi janeAnne -- When I get to that age, I would love to be able to stay in my own home, I can definitely see the draw there.  I have heard that some builders are incorporating this into their plans as options.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) about 9 years ago

JaneAnne  I think more builders will be taking this approach.  From conversations I have had with this group this is eaxactly what they want.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 9 years ago

janeAnne, we really needs homes like this in my area....they would sale really fast.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 9 years ago

JaneAnne - I would think I had died and gone to heaven with a house like that.  The use of warm woods is exquisite.  When I was younger I wanted a 2 story.  Now that I'm older, I'm a single story gal.  I also like the great room concept which can be used multiple ways.  When my kids, and grandkids come home, my present home bursts at the seams.  The house pictured has that room that would handle the generations.

I also agree with the idea of having hallways at least 36 inches. . .Afterall, if I need to get a Lark one day, I'll need room to drive it:-)

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 9 years ago

Lovely post JaneAnne and thank you.  Yes one level living with all the ammenities and great room to accommodate grand children and future great grand children belongs on our needs and wants list as well.

Time to dump our two story.  Again, thank you.

 

Frank D'Angelo Eco Broker

Minneapolis MN

Posted by Frank D'Angelo, Helping people is my business in Real Estate (EXIT REALTY NEXUS Minneapolis & St. Paul MN) about 9 years ago

Jack~ 

I am happy that you mentioned this: "...NC seems to be at the forefront of the entire "aging in place" sensitivity movement."  THX!!!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

Malcolmb~ Me,too! having been involved with the rights of handicapped individuals, I know how important it can be to stay in your home and be surrounded by Family and neighbors who know and care about you.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

Chris~

Yes the National Association of Home Builders call this Universal Design Elements. We see attention to Universal Design Elements here in Asheville.  People far and wide,can expect more attention to these elements as the Baby Boomers arrive at the age when they demand excellence in terms of their homes and for their final decades of life. . . .

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

Jennifer~

That is really, really good news! When compassion becomes economically desirable, everyone can win...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

Rebecca~

GOOD POINT....the desirability of such homes! Thanks for highlighting it.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

Myrl~

Of course, you know, you are a person after my own heart. I can see myself with grand-kids playing games in the great room pictured here. ..the fireplace bringing warmth to an autumn day and the chance to "age in place"...to be with Family... bringing warmth to our hearts.

By the way...This is a photo my son took of the honest-to-goodness greatroom in a home in North Carolina that is TOTALLY wheels-accessible!...it even has a concrete runway out to 3+ acres....

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

Frank~

I'm smiling as I read your comment: " Yes one level living with all the amenities and great room to accommodate grand children and future great grand children belongs on our needs and wants list as well....: especially the great-grand children part =)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

Interesting information JaneAnne. It is funny how everything is so precisely measured.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Bill~

It has to do with the width of the vehicles on wheels and how much turning radius is required. When we were helping out with Dad it was a real advantage also to have a bathroom sink where he could roll under it...more on that later on in this series.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

Good Information!  My area is primarily made up of Buyer's searching for a retirement home and 'aging in place' is very important to them. 

Posted by Denise Roberts, e-PRO, REALTOR - Specializing in Pinehurst, NC Area (New Colony Properties, LLC) about 9 years ago

Good to know. Let's work on referrals =)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

janeAnne - great information.  Aging in place... it's sometimes very difficult to lure elders out of a home they've been in for many years.  Some of the ammenities will certainly help those who can afford them.

Posted by April Hayden-Munson, Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate about 9 years ago

Beautiful home in your picture... who wouldn't like that!?  All those amenities make sense for people of any age.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 9 years ago

April~

As thoughtful "Baby Boomers" here in Asheville look to the future, they are demanding comfortable and energy efficient living spaces.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

Georgina~

You make a great point, " All those amenities make sense for people of any age."..and here in Asheville wheelchair accessible homes are more and more in demand.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

Millions of baby boomers have homes with equity and will be considering a move to a new home that meets their changing needs. This segment should be part of almost every agent's marketing strategy.

 

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) over 2 years ago

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