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Surprising Changes in Cary NC New Home Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 @ 13:11 PM

Parade of Homes Trends:

The Parade of Homes in Wake County is one of the largest in the entire nation. And design trends seen in the Parade are usually at the forefront of cutting edge – as a wide variety of builders work to identify what homebuyers want most, today.

Here’s a visual of what was seen in Cary, NC new homes featured in this year's Parade of Homes:

Cary New Homes Changing Trends 2015


For Single Family Homes:

  • Avg list price $769K
  • Avg sq ft 4088 finished
  • 68% have three car garage, 42% have two car
  • Of the three car garage plans, 77% are “split” garages
  • 68% are two story, 47% are main floor master. The overlap comes from a few Dual Master Suite homes

Features that are very popular in Cary NC new homes:

  • 100% have a Bonus Room or Game Room
  • 100% have a Formal Dining Room
  • 63% have Laundry Rooms on the Second Floor
  • 95% have a counter in the Laundry Room
  • 95% have a Built In Drop Zone (and 79% have a separate area for the drop zone, ie a dedicated Mud Room area)
  • 74% have a first floor guest suite
  • 53% have a first floor office (that is not a guest bedroom)
  • 74% have a “Jack and Jill” bath
  • 100% have a Kitchen Island with Seating (with more than 50% accommodating seating for at least 4)
  • 89% have a Butler Pantry
  • 84% have a Walk In Pantry

Features that do not appear to be very popular in Cary NC new homes:

  • 11% have a pocket office
  • 11% have a formal living room
  • 5% have a keeping room
  • 5% have a sunroom
  • 5% have a private sitting room in the master
  • 5% have dual islands
  • 16% have two staircases
  • No homes have a Curved Staircase

New home design trends vary by price point and area, but it is interesting to see what’s popular in this year’s new custom homes!

Penny Hull enjoys identifying new home trends in her spare time, which is part of why she was awarded the “Top 40 Under 40” National recognition from Professional Builder magazine.   She works with Stanton Homes to help homeowners build beautiful custom homes that “make sense”.

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