After careful study of the Topeka housing market for the past several years, we have found a trend in the type and style of home that continually increases in value and demand even in downturn markets. Usually the style is further enhanced when incorporated in a neighborhood of similar homes or on stand-alone acreage.
Beginning around the 1880’s, home styles were grouped in Topeka neighborhoods that still stand today.
Potwin is a good example of how neighborhoods help retain value and demand. Predominantly Victorian in style, those homes continue to bring good prices and are usually “snapped up”, despite their age.
Another area, Westboro, also has some unique architecture that provides an upscale feel to the neighborhood. With few exceptions, these homes generally offer better value than do similar structures in other areas.
Newer developments like McFarland Farms Villas and Clarion Lakes are further examples where style and neighborhood combine to solidify value.
That analysis brought us to the creation of Greene Woods Estates, a development of “Arts and Crafts” or Craftsman style homes. This neighborhood is surrounded by the private feel of Welton Grove Park, with abundant trees and wildlife and convenient access to I-470 and area shopping.
The Craftsman Style home incorporates today’s desire for openness with the time honored details that gave the style its name. Natural products like stone and wood accentuate the exteriors, with period details like tapered columns, bead board ceilings and front porches.
The interiors further exemplify the style with abundant woodwork, handcrafted tile, period style hardwood doors and even more authentic detailing. Home theaters, high tech wiring for sound and networking, high-end appliances, spa tubs, walk in showers and many other features bring these homes of the past into the present.
The timeless appeal of the Craftsman style, along with uniqueness of the neighborhood, gives today’s buyers the assurance that their investment will continue to appreciate well into the future.
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