Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What Do Most Americans Call Home?

Photo Copyright: Ritchie King and Quartz.com
When it comes to home trends, there's always a lot of talk about what things are the latest and greatest, and which are the most passe. But there's not so much talk about what endures, and what trends we're still living with.

That's the thing about real estate-- it's not like fashion where the latest trends disappear into resale shops and family photos. Real estate is built to last, and last it does. It's why we have historic homes and established neighborhoods. It's why we've got the White House, and the castles and manors of Europe.

So what trends ARE most Americans still living with? The results of this 2011 census show that most of us live in 3 bedroom, 2 bath homes a little less than 2,000 square feet built in the mid 1970s with the basic amenities. There are plenty of these neighborhoods in Chattanooga, from Hixson to East Brainerd to Big Ridge and Signal Mountain. While they don't get the same attention as historic neighborhoods or fancy new subdivisions, part of the reason is their very normalcy. This is home to most of us.