Survey: Americans’ Ideal Home
September 11, 2018
A waterfront home in the suburbs that has nearly 5,000 square feet and a one-story ranch may be at the top of American consumers’ real estate wishlists, according to findings from a Porch.com survey of more than 600 Americans and Europeans about their ideal home designs, amenities, and locations.
Forty-five percent of Americans surveyed say if they could get their top choice they’d have a waterfront view, whether that’s a lakefront or oceanfront view. Views of a coast, city, or hills, raised elevations, and mountains followed in their preferences. The most preferred home size among Americans is four bedrooms and three bathrooms and is 4,982 square feet on 10.6 acres.
Americans ranked the following home styles as their favorites:
Their least favorite home style: townhouse or art deco, according to the survey.
The kitchen is an important spot for homeowners. Respondents rated granite as their top countertop choice and tile as their top flooring choice, and they showed a clear preference for recessed lighting in the kitchen.
For the overall house, the top flooring choice was overwhelmingly wood. Forty-nine percent said wood was their most preferred flooring, followed by 29.3 percent who said carpeting and 19.7 percent who considered tile tops. In the bedroom, Americans overwhelmingly preferred carpeting over wood.
Updated: February 14, 2020