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For the Love of Old Houses

New construction and totally renovated homes have been having quite the moment in the Kansas City real estate market, and when you see a gorgeous Lambie home or a brand new Chris George, it’s not hard to see why. But in a city as beautiful and historically rich as ours, it is crucial to keep the word “restoration” in our vocabulary as well. There is something truly remarkable about marrying old and new, and an old home just might be right for you. 

1.    Solid Construction: No home is perfect, but with the quantity over quality mentality that has developed across American industry, older homes often have sturdier construction than newer builds. They’ve also had time to settle and reveal structural problems that may need to be corrected, whereas new construction makes that a not-so-fun surprise later on.


2.    Space: Generally speaking, older homes cost less per square foot inside and out. You can find a much larger home on a much larger lot for the same price as a newer home with far less space. This can be hugely beneficial if you have a large family, outdoor pets, or want the benefit of ample outdoor space without having to move far from the city. 


3.    Character: There are many words to describe Kansas City, and character is definitely one of them. Almost anyone can purchase new construction or a renovated home that has been completely modernized, but it takes a special person and a special style palette to truly appreciate and bring out the beauty of an older home. When you choose an older home, you have the opportunity to create a unique space unlike anything else out there. 


4.    Preservation: Just like some family heirlooms aren’t meant to be chalk painted and updated, some homes are meant to be restored and preserved instead of demolished or deprived of original character. This task isn’t for everyone, because while older homes do have many benefits they can also come with a lot of necessary repairs. I can help you find the right property at the right price, the payoff is keeping another piece of our city’s history alive and well.