Old House or New House?

This unique exhibit in The National Museum of American History - (Part of the Smithsonian) displays not only the architecture of a historic home from Ipswitch but also the construction.

This unique exhibit in The National Museum of American History – (Part of the Smithsonian) displays not only the architecture of a historic home from Ipswitch but also the construction.

Which is better, an old house or a new house?

I was working with a client on Cape Cod yesterday and she wanted to know what the town center was like. I told her that after the showing she should drive around to best get a sense of it. Later she called to say that she wasn’t terribly impressed  and would maybe keep on looking.

I asked her if she had driven by the area near Heritage Museums and Gardens and she hadn’t. I mentioned that the area had beautiful old homes and was also a historic area. It turned out that she isn’t a fan of older homes.

When I pointed out that, in general, areas with historic homes (and the surrounding areas) are apt to hold their home values better and are almost always among the most desired places to live overall she had to agree.

Each person has a very personal view about which is better. Those that like newer homes usually cite less maintenance and those that prefer older homes like the graciousness and charm of and earlier era as well as the high quality of materials and workmanship that have already stood the test of time.

But remember – if a city or town has a section of historic homes that have been preserved that is a benefit for the whole community.

 

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