Once upon a time when we were newly-married and looking for a house in NC, we found one out in the country amidst rolling farms.
The house was a small ranch with just enough space for the two of us. After my son and daughter (not their real names) were born, we realized just how small the house was, and we moved.
And now, on what was one of those rolling-hilled farms, there is a subdivision that has a new "old folks" section.
I'm sure if you're a woman of a certain age, you have seen these. They're touted as "life-style developments" for folks 55 and over. (Yes that's me, sadly.) The developers have several floor plans from which you can choose, all of them with a master bedroom on the main level. The kitchens have fewer cabinets (implying that we're too busy living out our adventures to actually do any cooking) but are open to the living spaces (implying that we also do a ton of entertaining...or maybe that we need to watch our decrepit husbands lounging in their La-Z Boys while we do the dishes).
This isn't officially one of those developments, but it is designed in a similar way--homes are roughly 2,000 square feet, they are close together and close to the street, there are parks with scheduled activities and a boule (or bocce, if you prefer the Italian) court.
I can totally see DL hanging out at the boule court, talking smack to the other old guys.
I had an opportunity to tour a few of these homes a few days ago, and they were nice. (Of course for 400K they should be!)
They had that cute "small town" vibe to them...all plans have to be approved by the developer, and that's how they keep it cohesive.
Farmhouse elements were apparent throughout.
There was one house that had more than its fair share of "faux" shiplap. (All I could think of was dusting all those huge grooves.)
This house was one of the larger homes, and the draw was the upstairs porch.
Large enough for a place to enjoy your coffee in the morning...
While you look over the picnic shelter/boule courts.
There is also a community garden next to the picnic shelter (because old-timers like to garden?).
This kitchen has the added bonus of a pantry (most do not), but attention to detail is apparent in every home.
All-in-all, I loved the vibe of the development. I would live there, back in my old stomping grounds, if Brandywine were completely finished and we were ready to move. But it's not, and I'm sure these homes will increase in price as the development fills up.
I just want to take a picture of DL playing boule with the other geezers.