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Buyer Trends: What Today’s New Homebuyers Want

January 12th, 2024 • 3 min read

Trend Report: What today’s new homebuyers want

Buying a new home comes with a big wish list. New homeowners were surveyed by NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) and are looking for more well-being, comfort, and sophistication. The people have spoken, and here are the current trends.

At the top of the list: Modern gourmet kitchens

The heart of the home has become a very sophisticated place. No longer is it merely a place to prep and cook food. Because it’s the most popular room in the house, it needs to look good and feel good, setting the tone for gathering and entertaining. People want designer finishes, fixtures, and modern features such as energy-efficient appliances. The forward-thinking builders chosen by North River Ranch are all about it. You’ll find many of these new homes for sale near Bradenton, Florida, including those with expansive elegant and, yes, practical kitchen islands, stainless steel appliances, designer flooring, and much more. Check the North River Ranch Homefinder to discover new homes from David Weekley, Homes by WestBay, Cardel Homes, Neal Communities, and Pulte Homes, each with generously appointed features.

 Walk this way: Walk-in showers and walk-in closets

While taking a relaxing bath is still in fashion, new homebuyers are looking for large walk-in showers that speak to a resort feel. This reflects the fast pace of modern living. Large walk-in showers make life easier and look beautiful.

 Twice as nice: Secondary owner’s suite

With the rise of multi-generational families or families where adult children are staying at home longer, secondary owner’s suites offer a perfect solution. They offer spaciousness and privacy no matter what age. A family can stay together yet have space to themselves for independence.

 A complete experience: The indoor/outdoor lifestyle

Sliders, larger lanais, and a place to entertain outside or relax for the kids, pets to play, and large party socializing are also top of mind. Live in a new home at North River Ranch, and you can enjoy the perfect Florida climate all the time. High in demand with today’s buyers is the option to extend the outdoor living beyond your home to the popular active community amenities.  North River Ranch, this list of options is almost endless for relaxation, fitness, play, and activity. Such as the Brightwood Pavilion Fire Pits, the Trailhead and trails, Dash’s Bark Park and the open green spaces, lawns and play parks or the convenient Avid FitStations and Bike Share are a few popular and on-trend examples.

 Goodbye carpet, Hello wood-style floors

Easier to maintain and less likely to go out of style, wood-style floors in the main living areas are more attractive and durable over time. The majority of new homebuyers today prefer hard over soft flooring, most especially in their living areas.

Buy a new home at the master-planned community of North River Ranch, and you can experience traditional architecture with on-trend design and features inside throughout. Plus, an award-winning amenity experience, an ongoing feeling of connection, and a hometown ambiance. It’s the best of all worlds! Contact us now to arrange a personal tour of the model homes to see how it all comes to life.

About Neal Land & Neighborhoods

Neal Land & Neighborhoods is a Manatee and Sarasota, Florida-based community and master land planning and development organization led by John A. Neal. The company incorporates smart master-planning and public infrastructure solutions to create the next level of elite community planning in Southwest Florida. By working with carefully selected new home builders, Neal Land & Neighborhoods aims to establish thriving, sustainable, livable, and ecologically sensitive communities throughout Manatee, Sarasota, and Hillsborough counties. Neal Land & Neighborhoods currently owns or controls several thousand acres of land entitled for more than 9,000 future residential homes and the supporting mixed-use commercial and retail. For additional information, visit