McMansions had their day. Busy families desire a simpler lifestyle with easier-to-maintain homes and yards.
Outdoor living spaces
While high maintenance and expensive outdoor spaces are starting to lose momentum, no-frills outdoor gathering spots are not. Patios with a nice shady pergola area and comfortable seating are always popular. Screened-in porches with protection from Georgia's elements and bugs are at the top of the list.
Having a separate space for the mess that comes with laundry is a huge benefit for home buyers.
Modern and large kitchens
As kitchens become the family gathering place, buyers want bigger kitchens. They want smart technology that makes life easier. Things such as double ovens, farmhouse sinks, smart refrigerators and wine storage make cooking and cleaning much more enjoyable.
Walk-in closets, bathroom linen storage and walk-in pantries are big requests. Smart storage keeps things organized and out of the way.
Energy efficiency means smaller carbon footprints and smaller bills. These appliances are in high demand in the Atlanta market and all over the country.
Large garage with available work space
Buyers with growing families always need lots of storage space. A large garage with work space and room for cars is essential, especially in places like downtown areas where there isn't a lot of space. "Buyers will pay a big premium for garages and off street parking as the popularity and population of the downtown area continues to grow," said Kubic.
Family friendly community
Quiet neighborhoods and good schools are must-haves for today's buyers. However, amenities such as pools, clubhouses and walking trails are becoming high on the list as well.
Good bones layout
Along with the open concept, sensible layouts are important. "The master bedroom on the main floor is a key feature for buyers of all age groups," according to Dee Allen from Century 21 in Cummings.