Best Floor-Plan Going - Anchorage Loves a Ranch Style home!
by Dan Wolf
on Saturday, August 4th, 2012 at 10:28am.
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to find a single level home in Anchorage - that is one without stairs? It can be difficult to find a well maintained ranch home with style! Have you ever wondered why?
There are several logical reasons for this; one reason is they cost more to build than a two story home or the common split level home. The reason is they cost more is that the foundation is bigger to get a reasonable sized home, and the roof is bigger. Think about it...a split level could be 1,500 square feet and the foundation under the first floor is only 700 of those feet; in a ranch you need enough concrete to do the entire 1,500 feet - the same thing is true of the roof. Another reason is city lots are small and a ranch generally covers more of the lot than a two story home with a smaller foot print, meaning there might be more yard left over on a two story home than on a ranch-style home.
Ranches are cool for anyone, but especially sought after by either young "entry level" folks. It's a popular first home style. The next most popular buyers of ranch homes are those who don't want to hike up stairs anymore! When you are looking for a good ranch home without stairs, you have to be patient! The people who own them don't part with them very often!
There are some nice ranch-style homes in Westpark Subdivision - Anchorage's new neighborhood in west Anchorage. The high school is Dimond High on this quadrant of the town. If a ranch home is something you hope to have in your future, let me know to keep an eye out for you!