Today I received a call from a longtime client. He is a recent widower. From a large family home to a smaller home for college kid visits to a patio home, we have navigated the right sizing. Today he has requested a larger home so all the kids and grandkids can stay twice a year under one roof. These stages of life are not always downsizing. Our family downsized drastically and immediately regretted the decision. We missed the garage space and the privacy when the kids returned. Upsized in the next home.
In search of the best space and amenities takes patience and time with no secret formula. Key features requested are - every bedroom must be ensuite. Minimum 3 car garage. Open-concept kitchen/family room with an abundance of seating available. The game/theater room is a plus. Indoor-outdoor living that is low maintenance and private. true lock and leave, gated community, or gated entrance/courtyard.
Space and the floor plan are more important than design style. People react to light in a home now more than ever. Lockdowns really helped clarify how people wish to live in their homes and they are happy to share that list.