Mason Homes’ Avonlea was a hit with homeowners who value a walkable neighbourhood and Green for Life homes.
I recently came across an interesting New York Times article that discussed the American dream as it pertains to new homes.
People all over the world know that the American dream typically involves a big house and a big lawn, often out in the suburbs.
What many people don’t know is that the Canadian dream is very similar. Our homes may not be as big, but the truth is that, unlike most Europeans for example, Canadians families don’t really see themselves making do in a downtown apartment. They want a house, a big one, to raise their family in.
For a long time, Americans (and Canadians) could get away with making this dream real. But the dream doesn’t make as much sense now, not when commutes have gotten so long, gas more expensive, and traffic much worse.
As the New York Times writer argues, many American builders have stopped asking, “How much square footage are you looking for?” The new first question they pose to would-be homeowners? “What kind of community would you like to be a part of?”
We have found something similar at Mason Homes. People no longer want homes that are too isolated or require too much energy. They want homes that are easy on their pockets and provide a healthy background for their children to grow. Others want a home offering options for aging in place. Most wish they lived in a walkable community that allows them to reduce car usage, saving gas dollars and helping them make the most of good weather.
So while this article didn’t really illustrate anything our experience hasn’t shown us, it was still promising to see this topic tackled in a publication of that calibre. Hopefully the trend toward sustainable homes will continue, both in the U.S. and Canada.
What’s your dream home like? Is bigger better for you, even if means living in a remote neighbourhood with nowhere to walk to? And if you’re a builder, what does your recent experience tell you in terms of what Canadian homeowners want?