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Popular home styles for millennial home buyers

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In 2018, millennials were the largest generational group of home buyers in the US,taking up 36% of all home buyers. Needless to say, the millennial generation has a strong influence on current housing trends, and the market is now adapting to meet their demands.

With the millennials’ impact on the real estate market, it’s important to keep track of what they’re looking at when choosing a home. In this article, we give you some of the home styles and trends attracting millennials:

Popular architectural styles

  • Mid-Century– This type of style typically refers to homes built between 1945 to 1965. This particular era is known for its classic 50s-style modern homes similar to ones designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Prominent features of mid-century homes include cantilevered construction, geometric shapes, shallow-pitched roofs, open floor plans, and triangular windows.
  • Pre-WWII– Pre-WWII homes are available in a range of architectural styles such as Queen Anne, Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Colonial, Tudor, and Italianate. Most millennials are drawn to homes with an old-world charm, with exteriors made of frame and wood and covered in bricks, stone, or stucco.
  • Mediterranean – Mediterranean-style homes have Italian or Spanish details, with features that typically include multiple levels, grand entrances, stucco exteriors, and tiled roofs. Some homes in this style also have patios with columns and are decorated with terracotta pottery. Although many Mediterranean homes were constructed during the 1920s, a number of tract home builders in the US have used this style for newer homes built after the year 2000.

Color trends

Earth tones are very popular with millennials. Soft shades of green, brown, and blue give interiors a nice outdoor feel, balanced by sharp contrasts of orange or red as accents.

Walls, windows, and floors

Walls made of plaster, or ones that are sleek and smooth or trowel textured are a popular choice for millennials. In pre-WWII homes, original windows are often retained and are refinished or re-glazed. For floors, millennial buyers are moving away from carpeted floors (even in bedrooms) and are going with materials such as exotic hardwoods, cork, bamboo, marble, or travertine instead.

Kitchen items

Some in-demand kitchen appliances and accessories for millennials include:

  • Built-in wine coolers
  • Silent ceiling or island-mounted range hoods and exhaust fans
  • Ebony or maple colored cabinetry with glass door panels
  • Large spice racks
  • Recessed lighting
  • Built-in microwaves with matching cabinetry
  • Granite, stone, or poured cement kitchen counters
  • Top-quality stainless steel refrigerators and dishwashers

Bathroom design trends

Millennial buyers are looking for bathrooms with:

  • Motion light sensors
  • Fixtures made of glass and stone
  • Brushed nickel accents
  • Mounted vessel sinks built into Asian-inspired vanities or vintage dressers
  • Dual showerheads
  • Low-rise toilets with bidets

Specialty rooms

A few sought-after specialty features and rooms for millennial home buyers include:

  • Spacious open floor plans that combine kitchens, dining areas, and living rooms
  • Wine cellars
  • Yoga/workout rooms
  • Home theaters or media rooms
  • Playrooms for kids

Buying a home in Sayreville, Old Bridge, East Brunswick, or other nearby communities? Get in touch with us at Formula Realty at(732) 858-8822, or send an email to mybrokermax(at)gmail(dotted)com.