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View Poll Results: Which housing style do you consider the most desirable?
Hi-Ranch/Raised Ranch 1 1.54%
Cape/Cape Cod 3 4.62%
Center-Hall Colonial 38 58.46%
Splanch/Split Level Ranch 2 3.08%
Ranch 11 16.92%
Vintage Colonial 10 15.38%
Voters: 65. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 01-03-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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I like a nice craftsman style, unfortunately those are rare on this coast.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:52 AM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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For sheer convenience I would pick a ranch - nothing like having everything all on one floor. My sister had a ranch in Huntington and the W/D were on the first floor too, she didn't even have to go down to the basement. But otherwise, I pick a center hall colonial. I also love farm ranches, although there is really almost too much space in most of them.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Huntington, NY
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Based on my experience with buyers, center hall colonials take the top spot. For retirees, ranches (no more stairs!).
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:08 PM
 
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Seven years ago I thought I wanted a split and got a split but not a big fan now.
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Union County
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Colonials would be #1 by far... we always hated the Hi-Ranches and Splits - drove us nuts looking at so many in Suffolk. You'll literally find block after block of them in many towns. The layouts are terrible for living IMO.

Best bang for the buck was the never out of style Ranch... a nice L style or expanded Ranch can be great. The basements tend to be the best feature for larger families, but even then you'll be tight with 3+ kids. Most 4bed Ranches are a series of tiny rooms and that was always the big downside.
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:30 PM
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Colonials would be #1 by far... we always hated the Hi-Ranches and Splits - drove us nuts looking at so many in Suffolk. You'll literally find block after block of them in many towns. The layouts are terrible for living IMO.
Yeah, big ugly high-ranches are a dime a dozen out here. They're a lot of house for the money, but for some reason I can't stand the way they look. Seems like most areas were just mass-developed with whatever house style was popular at the time, so you'll have areas developed in the 50s full of capes, 60s full of ranches, late-60s and 70s full of high ranches, etc.

I grew up in a raised ranch-style house built in the mid-80s, it was and still is a nice house but I didn't care too much for the layout. All the bedrooms were grouped together at one end of the house, which made for some... awkward times as a teenager
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Island of long
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Raised ranches suck...looked at them and they all seem to have the exact same layout and no closet/storage space. And most of them have that pull down attic stairs which is a p.i.t.a.
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Northport
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I also love farm ranches, although there is really almost too much space in most of them.
I also love a nice farm ranch, second would be colonial, then ranch.
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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We saw them all in our search last year. Hi-ranches are the least desirable to us since it looks like huge space but when you're in there, it's essentially 1 use-able floor and half of it is taken up by rooms. Also dislike the highly perched deck in the yard.

I grew up in a split and while it's a good layout for living, I think the space could be better used. You have that wide space above the living/dining room yet all your bedrooms are on the other side, over a noisy garage. If you use that space above the living room to add more rooms and widen the existing rooms, you'd have a real nice place. Saw a few of these.

We made our ranch into a colonial - not a traditional "center hall" as you don't see the stairs when you first open the front door - it's just a wide open space foyer right into the living room. The stairs aren't visible until you go into the living room in the middle of the house. I love how it turned out. The only negative is the 2nd floor is just for sleeping (4bed, 2bath) so we never really go up there except for nighttime (and we paid how much for that privilege?!). Not sure what I want... multiple entertainment areas I guess... but we don't even use our finished basement.

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Old 01-03-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Wallens Ridge
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Where's the love for the Tudor? L.I. has some old beautiful ones. My first home was a Tudor
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