Historic Charm or Modern Conveniences?

Antique moldings, a unique staircase and a colorful past give one listing a historic charm that can't be replicated, yet another home is brand-new with all of the latest high-tech amenities. Which one is right for you?

We're fortunate to have a variety of home styles - and ages - to choose from in the area. Each has its own appeal, depending on your lifestyle, price range and personal taste. I can help you find a home that meets your needs and style. In the meantime, here's a look at some of the points to consider when choosing between an older, more historic home and a new, state-of-the-art property.

Older Homes

Craftsmanship: Older homes feature special touches that, in some instances, can't be replicated. Beautiful columns, antique lighting fixtures, stained or beveled glass, wood trim, crown moldings and period accents give a home character and verve.

A Colorful History: Buying an older home often comes with an interesting story. Perhaps a local celebrity lived there at one time. Maybe the home was once the local doctor's office or a popular business. Who needs an interesting knickknack when your entire home is a conversation piece?

Mature Landscaping: Homes in established neighborhoods are surrounded by mature trees and landscaping.

A Hobby for the Handy: If you enjoy puttering around the house, you may be well suited to an older home that requires your loving touch. Many owners of older properties get a lot of satisfaction by treating their home as a hobby of sorts -- a place where they can restore antique fixtures, renew a tired structure and, generally, bring an older home back to its glory days.

New Homes

Convenience: Newer homes have the latest amenities, including built-in appliances, central heating and air, and high-tech wiring for today's computer, telephone and television equipment.

Energy Efficiency: Better windows, efficient heating and cooling equipment, enhanced air filtration, and the latest insulation materials increase energy efficiency in newer homes.

Maintenance: If you're all thumbs when it comes to home repairs, you might consider a new home. With a home built today, for example, you can get siding, windows and trim that never need painting. New homes even have wood decks made of pressure-treated lumber to resist rot and pests.

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