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Condo and townhome buildouts are newest trend in urban living

Information provided by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City

With the current trend toward open kitchens oriented toward the main living area, condo or townhome buyers should be sure kitchens have been designed to function properly as well as hide cluttered counter space.
With the current trend toward open kitchens oriented toward the main living area, condo or townhome buyers should be sure kitchens have been designed to function properly as well as hide cluttered counter space.

A single family home is by far the overwhelming choice of Kansas City buyers and a trend that is evident in the hot homebuyer market we’re experiencing today. Many single professionals, young families and empty nesters, however, have chosen urban living options like condominiums and townhomes.

One example of this trend can be found at The Residences of Kirkwood built by Kirkwood Realty. Located just south of the Country Club Plaza and one block east of Wornall Road inside Kirkwood Circle, the private, luxury community offers new home construction as well as condos, row homes, coach homes and townhomes.

During this year’s Spring Parade of Homes, presented April 23 through May 8 by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, prospective buyers will also find townhomes entries by Tom French Construction Company in Olathe and Taylor Sterling Construction in Leawood.

“The general trend in the Kansas City area condo and townhome market is to design and finish the space to look, feel and function as much like a single family home as possible,” said Steve Johnston, director of sales for The Residences of Kirkwood. “By all means, stay away from the apartment look.”

Johnson says buyers looking at urban living homes should remember that space is limited in both condos and townhomes, so it’s important to make sure the space will accommodate regular room-sized furniture and that wall space is free of vents and other obstructions. Other easy-to-miss but important details include adequate seating for outdoor spaces, covered balconies and ample floor space to accommodate table seating.

With the current trend toward open kitchens oriented toward the main living area, buyers should be sure kitchens have been designed to function properly as well as hide cluttered counter space. In addition, master suites should include ample closet space and baths with dual vanities.

When choosing a condo, townhome or other urban living environment, everyday lifestyle amenities also play an important role. Parks, electronics access, fitness centers, meeting space, outdoor pools, concierge service and security are a few of the amenities available to buyers.

Spring Parade of Homes

Presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City

When: April 23 through May 8

Admission: Free

Hours: Open daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Information: Pick up your Parade Guide at the Home Builders Association (I-435 and Holmes Road) or at any of the 347 Parade homes in the metro area.

Web: Search online at www.kcparadeofhomes.com

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