Let's face it, as we get older steps can become our enemy! Those years of enjoying sports might have had some negative impact on our joints and even a few stairs might be a real hindrance to enjoying our homes.
So what's the solution? Finding a home that limits the steps you need to live your day to day life! That's part of what led us to work in patio homes and ranch condos!
As a general rule, these homes minimize steps. Now it doesn't mean they don't have any steps at all, as there's often 2-3 from the sidewalk to the front door or coming out of the garage to the home. And sometimes there's a lower level that for many of our buyers is more about guests than their own use.
And a smart builder realizes the buyer needs and makes sure all the essentials are on the ground floor. The master suite, laundry room, etc. all need to be on the main level.
Housing solutions that minimize steps come in a varity of styles:
- Of course the leader in the category is a ranch home. Single level, perhaps with a basement, perhaps built on a slab or crawlspace.
Cape Cod or 2 story homes that feature a master suite on the main level (obvious drawback, you're paying for a lot of house on the upper floors that you won't use often)
- Patio homes: typically a ranch home that includes the HOA taking care of the lawn for you.
- Ranch condos come in several styles. Some are detached (like patio homes), others are attached. And even with attached there's various styles (duplex, three wide, four wide, etc.) or in a quad style (imagine a square divided into four squares and each square being a condo).
There are pros and cons of each type. And another watch out is sometimes a condo listed as single level might be a single level, but on the 2nd floor or 3rd floor! And sometimes the main floor might mean walking down a few stairs!
Interested in finding out more about no step living in the Cincinnati area? Contact us at 513-520-5305 or Liz@LizSpear.com.
For some custom searches for no step housing choices check out WarrenCountyOhioRealEstate.com for no registration search of Cincinnati MLS.
Liz and Bill aka BLiz
REALTORS(S) Serving Warren County Ohio & Adjacent Areas
The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS
William (Bill) Spear, CRS
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