You may have heard the term but have no idea what it is. Jewel-box homes are a growing trend and the market for them couldn’t be hotter. In general, consumer preferences have been trending to smaller dwellings with things like compact living, small space homes, micro apartments, and tiny homes becoming popular features of lifestyle magazines and interior design blogs. People are buying smaller homes and the housing market has responded. One of the most popular products that features a down-sized, yet comfortable, living space is the jewel-box home.
Jewel-box homes or jewel-box architecture have key themes of being custom-built for the homeowner. While design is space conscious, every detail is meant to make the home a perfect fit for its owner. The homes are meticulously crafted of high-quality materials to be highly durable, low maintenance, energy efficient, with top-end appliances and amenities. These are growing in popularity with not only empty-nesters and retirees looking to downsize, but newlyweds and young professionals.
These homeowners are looking to take the portion of their budget that would have been spent on land and square footage of a home and invest it in better, higher-quality details within the home. Many jewel-box homes are designed with open floor plans that help the space look bigger and lend themselves to adaptable use spaces. A young professional may use a front room for a home office while a older couple may desire a formal dining area for entertaining.
Many of these homes will feature one-floor living options with a 1st floor master suite. Most floor plans will include ample space for kitchen and entertaining including upscale lighting and appliances, kitchen cabinets, countertops, flooring, and luxury baths that are energy efficient and use smart-home technology.
Amenities for older adults may include wider doorways, lowered countertops, and walk-in showers. Additional rooms for guests may be planned for a second or basement level of the home. Many homes will be designed as zero-lot-line with little to no landscaping upkeep requirements for ease of lifestyle for those desiring less maintenance time.
Although you may experience some lag time with the current building slow down due to labor problems and supply chain issues, now may be a great time to explore your options in a jewel-box style home.
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Catherine Bassick Fine Homes and Estates
Senior Global Real Estate Advisor
Brokered by EXP Realty
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CA DRE# 01380305