The phone rings the other day and I answered. It was a local real estate agent calling on our newest listing in Westridge.
The home is a lovely forty five hundred square foot home with four bedrooms and three and half baths located at 12760 Quarterhorse Lane, Woodbridge Virginia 22192 priced at $600,000.
The question was. Can the home easily be converted to a main level bedroom if needed?
Sadly my answer was no. The agent sighed. I asked what are you looking for. She said I have a client who needs a main level living home with a second master bedroom upstairs. Preferably no level changes and wider doorways would be helpful. I said, wow, that is a tough one. I am fortunate that I own one of those homes. But ours is quite large. How big does she need. She said she was looking at a forty eight hundred square feet new build but it backed to a main road and she really does not have the time to wait the six month build time. She needs a home now. Then it happened, without hesitation I said my husband and I have always said if someone really needed our house we would consider selling. We have what your client is looking for. Main level living with a master on the main floor, a master on the second floor along with three other bedrooms upstairs and a work at home space plus the house has a full finihsed basement on a level treed lot in a planned community " I remember thinking did I really just say that out loud? As she said are you serious?"
"What was I thinking?"
A week later the agent inquired again if we would consider selling. I said I would consider it, however my husband and I would really need to take a look at the market for a few days to see what is possible for us. We set a tentative appointment a week later.
On my stars! We set out on a exhaustive house hunt just like I would take any prospective home buyer. We looked at 55+ Communities ( since we qualify) and we looked at a few new homes and a few resale homes that were not 55+ that were older that were rambler styled.
Pickings are slim if you do not want to be in a 55+ Community.
Since we could live in a 55, we concentrated on Heritage Hunt in Gainesville. Lovely homes, lovely floor-plans, awesome streets appeal and amenities. What we liked best is they allow for fenced yards in that community. Since we have dogs that is very important to us.The biggest challenge we found and you may as well is the amount of downsizing one would have to do. Homes without basements but offer two levels has the right amount of space over 2800 square feet however had absolutely no storage. That would require quite a bit of downzising. Attic storage was available on a few homes. That’s challenging. I am not sure I am willing to hoist boxes up the steps into a hot attic. The other issue for me was the homes with basements in the Gainesville Virginia area are just as big as the one we have now. The silver lining was the price is a lot less, by hundred thousand or more. So that is attractive. But why would we do that? Why would we move from an awesome community in the Lake Ridge Virginia area where we are now and totally get into a sixteen to twenty mile commute to and from work. That defeats the purpose of simplifying life a bit.
Then we looked at 55+ in Four Seasons. Four Seasons is a very nice community with great amenities except no golf course. It is just off I-95 in the Dumfries Virginia area. The homes range in price from $340,000 up to $500,000 for the largest homes. We would buy in Four Seasons since we are not golfers. The one thing that holds us back is HOA Rules of no fencing allowed. .We prefer a fenced yard since we have little dogs and see ourselves owning them for decades to come. A home is not a home without a dog in my opinion! How about you? What is that you need and want in your retirement home or the home you are going to downsize to? Have you given it any thought?
I remember last year reading a Washington Post Article titled 10,000 Baby Boomers Retire Every Day!
Keep in mind builders cannot built that fast. So this is going to become an issue for many. Plan early. If you are nearing retirement age, it's time to consider your options.
Buy a New Home is one option. There are main level living homes ranging in price from the five hundred and up and up depending on what you add to your home. So that makes no sense either that would be a lateral move. That said they would be new, energy efficient homes on smaller lots with no yard work.
If you are searching for a main level living option that is not in a 55+ community you are in luck if you can wait and have one built! If the photo below speaks to you, if you want an open concept main level where the great room is the heart of the home,you are going to like your options. We can find you home in eastern and western Prince William County Virginia. Imagine not have the restrictions of no visitors under 50 years old for an extended period of time. Imagine not having to pay the high Over 55 monthly fee's. It exists and we can help you not only find what you are looking for we can coordinate the selling or renting of your existing home so that you can downsize now while interest rates are low.
Maybe you are thinking you'd like to age in place. Great. There are many companies that now sell Chair Lifts, and let's not forget Elevators for inside your home so you can live in place.
The cost for a chair lift are around three thousand dollars and the cost of an elevator ( if you have the space) would be around twenty thousand dollars. So you would need to compare that to the cost of preparing your home for sale, real estate commissions and selling costs and moving costs.
Only you know what is best for you. Being that we own a main level living home, one where we can age in place and be totally happy for decades maybe that makes sense. However for now, we are staying put. That said, the thing that still resonates with me is their is family that needs a home like ours. We do not need our home. We love our home. There is a difference.
So we are still working though the "What's possible scenario's now"
You never know, your friendly local Lake Ridge Realtor may be moving soon. If so it will be local. We are not ready to retire and leave the area for about another seven years or so.
If you need a good local REALTOR who knows the area well and knows the resale and the new home market well then click here to get started finding the home you need and want.
Patty Blackwelder and I can help you find what you are looking for.
- Find Homes For Sale in Four Seasons
- Find Homes For Sale in Heritage Hunt
- Explore New Home Options that align with what you want and need
- Search for an older home that is a Rambler, or has a main level bedroom option
It would be our pleasure to help you. Just let us know what you are thinking your want and we will begin the search and coach and help you every step of the way.
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