Are you on the hunt for a new home or wish to build a custom home? Then you are hunting for the perfect piece of real estate in the Iowa City, IA area. Mills Custom Homes not only works with you to create a home with all the features that speak to you, but we also know how to help you find the right location for your dream home
Before you visit model homes and open houses, you must first understand why you want to move into the town or neighborhood that you are considering.
New Neighborhood Benefits
Typically, home developers selling real estate in the area are in the midst of converting old farm land into vital neighborhoods, expanding your local town or city. This can be an attractive option for many new potential homebuyers.
You Have All the Options You Could Ask For
When you are looking at a new subdivision, gated community or completely undeveloped land, you have the chance to buy the acreage on which to build your custom home. You have the opportunity to decide where the building will be positioned, away from the street or perhaps closer so that you can have a larger backyard.
Another benefit in buying real estate in the area is that the new subdivision will likely include spaces set aside for a park, walking trails, community pools or neighborhood centers. You will find wide sidewalks, off-street parking and proper street lighting. If you purchase land from a private party, the infrastructure will be entirely your responsibility.
Staying with the Times
With all the new homes being built on empty real estate, there is a good chance that if you purchase a single lot on the edge of undeveloped land, you will have construction popping up in your backyard in the future. When you buy in a new neighborhood, you have the chance to see where future homes, streets and businesses will be built.
Create Curb Appeal
Custom home builders like Mills Custom Homes that are building multiple properties in the same neighborhood will ensure that each of their projects will have complete landscaping upon completion. You get the benefit of buying a house with a lawn and shrubs installed instead of having to do it yourself.
The new neighborhood delivers confidence, pride in your home, a wealth of amenities and a complete infrastructure.
Maybe Renovation is Your Desire
Perhaps you would prefer to live in a home in an established neighborhood. You might be looking for real estate that has a home ready for renovation or rehabilitation. Are their bonuses for buying into a street downtown or in the area where you grew up?
Established Homes Have Character
One of the most popular reasons people purchase older real estate is the charm found in a wrap-around porch, mature shade trees in the yard and unique details inside. Neighborhoods that have grown with your community will have a wide variety of architectural styles, landscaped lawns and different-shaped lots.
The character and charm may also be found in old window designs, paneled front doors, barns and spacious yards. It may even be a picket fence in the front yard that grabs the buyer’s attention.
Shopping and Commercial Areas
Older neighborhoods also have had the city grow up around them. You may be searching for real estate that has a grocery store or strip mall right around the corner. Commercial areas often expand as the subdivisions do. You are more likely to find a wealth of services nearby, including:
- Gas stations
- Auto repair shops
- Convenience stores
- Hair salons
- Coffee shops
- Fast food establishments
- Medical services
A lively commercial district often includes good traffic flow for easy access.
Other bonuses associated with buying real estate in an older neighborhood can include local connections to highway on ramps or bus services. Sometimes, communities still maintain schools that were built near residential areas, allowing your kids the benefit of education right in your backyard. Perhaps your church is key in your consideration. Houses of worship often are located in central locations near the older neighborhoods.
Build on an Established Lot
It is even possible that there is an old home on a desirable piece of land. In some circumstances, you might want to think about having the old house demolished and having your custom home builders create a brand-new house on the same lot. You get the best of both worlds as all the infrastructure connecting the home to the city is in place. The home will have all the modern conveniences and square footage that you desire in a floor plan that supports your lifestyle. You may even be able to save some of the mature trees and hedges that edge the property
Mills Custom Homes is Here for You
No matter where you purchase a piece of property, you can develop your real estate using custom home builders for a new build or to update an older home. It is entirely up to you to determine whether you want to be part of the building boom on the edge of town or move closer to the heart of the city. Mills Custom Homes looks forward to sitting down with you and selecting not only the right acreage, but also the house plan with the finishes that you desire.
Give us a call for your personalized consultation with our home designers and start down the path toward living in your unique and beautiful home near Iowa City, IA. Not only will we help you build your dream home, but we can work with you through the hunt for the right location in one of our newer neighborhoods or perhaps on the street where you grew up.