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3 Newsmakers- Universal Design Elements Meet Needs of Families of All Sizes and Ages

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Real estate and allied professions- architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, historic preservation, engineering, sustainable development, finance, psychology and law are excited about healthy-built, energy efficient homes and neighborhoods that emphasize affordability, accessibility and walkability-

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3 Newsmakers- Universal Design Elements

1.  A team of students representing North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill won the $50,000 top prize in the 2010 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition with a redevelopment plan for a neighborhood that emphasizes those features.*  (details)

The winning proposal is "...Designed to accommodate the diverse needs of families of all sizes, ages, and economic levels, the sustainable plan incorporates many critical family-friendly elements, such as community space, connectivity, public arts, and job incubation...."

2. In a poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation  for AARP, a "baby boomers" majority said they intend to relocate to a one-level home 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.

3. More and more of our real estate clients here in Asheville are requesting Universal Design Elements   --features in and around the home that allow people to "age in place." ...

to which Patsy Tipton, Green-Friendly Builder, refers in this video (below) shot recently when we previewed a home she built for clients at Asheville's Villages at Crest Mountain.

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According to the National Association of Home Builders,   those features can include items revealed in Part I of this series, and...

 Garage or Carport- Covered carports and boarding spaces, wider than average carports to accommodate lifts on vans, door heights may need to be 9 feet to accommodate some raised roof vans. 5-foot minimum access aisle between accessible van and car in garage, an important one-ramp(s)  to doorway(s)  if needed

Ramps - Slope no greater than 1 inch rise for each 12 inches in length, 5-foot landing provided at entrance

Storage -Adjustable closet rods and shelves. lighting in closets. easy open doors that do not obstruct access

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Are YOU  excited about "aging in place" in a wonderful, healthy-built, energy efficient home and neighborhood that emphasizes affordability, accessibility and walkability- ?There's one waiting for YOU in Asheville.

 Let me know what you think...

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, I think this is a wonderful idea, and something that is needed in my area as well,

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 9 years ago
Rebecca~ For those of us who have extended and multi-generational families, I , like you, can see so many advantages in planning into new and remodel construction the universal design elements.
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 - The Central Valley of California has experienced a tremendous building boom and bust ... but in all of that, builders continued to build the "same old thing" and turned deaf ears to the needs of the multi-generational and "senior" buyers.    I hope that we can catch up with you ... when we start building again!

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
Jack~ As more Baby Boomers arrive on the scene, it seems logical that the demand for homes that make life more comfortable for those of us who desire to "age in place" ...(that phrase seems a little odd to me...like some kind of wine?) ... will increase.
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 never realized how hard it was to locate a single floor home until I started to work with retirees looking for a home to 'grow old into'. It is still very frustrating, although we are seeing more and more condo's and town homes built with absolutely no steps. But single family homes are really difficult. Even when the MLS states single floor living in the comments, I find way too many steps for the average aging boomer, or someone with a health issue. I wish Henderson County would see more of what you have up in Asheville. Builders really do need to listen to the consumer. 

Posted by Jerri McCombs, Broker, Hendersonville NC Relocation (Hendersonville NC Relocation) about 9 years ago

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