After perusing the 2013 Wake County Parade of Homes list, I realized something is bothering me. Of the Raleigh entries (aside from townhomes), the average new home size this year is 3,765 square feet. That’s over 50 percent larger than the U.S. Census Bureau’s estimated average new home size of 2,480 square feet (in 2011).
Where are the smaller homes for millennials buying their first homes or for baby-boomer empty-nesters looking to downsize? Is no one building efficient smaller homes with quality materials anymore? Where are the affordable homes built near transit centers? Have we learned nothing from the 2008 housing bubble?
Our propensity for building mega-homes on oversized lots has made an unwelcome comeback – wastefully gobbling up precious resources and feeding our ever-increasing suburban sprawl.
Bruce Nawrocki, Raleigh