More than you bargained for
Crocus 2 makes new homes affordable
IF you’re on a tight budget, purchasing a new home can be a financial stretch. That means several demographics – from growing families to young couples to empty nesters – can find it difficult to afford a brand new home. Bearing that in mind, Odessy Homes has come to the fore with a new design, a 1,000 sq. ft. bi-level design called The Crocus 2. “With those three groups, affordability can be a real issue,” said Odessy Homes’ sales representative, Century 21 Carrie.com’s Lilita Klavins. “That’s not the case with The Crocus 2. A couple with an income of $54,000 can afford this home, making it an ideal starter home, or great downsizing option.” That’s great news, indeed. That said, a burning question quickly arises: Exactly what do you get in a 1,000 sq. ft. home (not including basement) that checks in with a price tag of just $272,000? You actually get more than you bargained for, said Klavins. “We’ve taken the top-down approach with this home. If need be, to make the home even more affordable, we can knock the price down to under $264,000 by taking out a design feature here and there, and going with more basic finishes,” she said. “This home is all about providing buyers with affordability.” For another $10,000 or so, the home’s finishing quality is impressive. Included in the price of $272,000 are some fine features: cappuccino maple cabinets in the kitchen, rich-looking (and durable) laminate plank flooring that’s difficult to distinguish from hardwoods, maple baseboards and duraceramic tile flooring in both the foyer and main bath. “You also get a white subway tile backsplash and taupe laminate countertops in the kitchen,” said Klavins, adding during the Spring Parade of Homes, buyers can purchase an appliance package for only $1,500. “Even though it’s been designed to be affordable, this is a really nice home. It’s not a ‘settle-for’ home; it actually come with a lot of things that are on people’s wish lists.” While The Crocus 2’s finishing quality is impressive for a home priced less than $300,000, so too is its layout. The main living area — a.k.a. the great room – is a simple, yet efficient (rectangular) design contains a 13-foot by 12-foot living room, 13-foot by nine-foot dining room, a functional U-shaped kitchen and separate mud room to the rear of the kitchen. Thanks to its ample width – and several well-place windows – it’s an area that possesses a high-function quotient. “I think the design works because the layout is so well-proportioned,” she said. “Whether you’re in the living room, dining room or kitchen, you never feel as if you lack space. Not only that, but there’s also plenty of light that comes in from a large picture window
There is ample width in the main living area and plenty of well-placed windows.