When deciding on the type of home for your family, there are many different factors to consider before choosing an appropriate home style. Are you looking for a spacious open-concept, large kitchen or a big back yard – maybe all three? In the Quad Cities area, there are numerous neighborhoods and home styles from old to new that entice home-buyers as they are looking for that perfect match. If you are scouting homes for sale in Bettendorf, there is a high likelihood you have come across a split-level home or two during your search. Some love the functional, space-saving design of the 1950’s and beyond, but some might not see the practicality for today’s family. Is this mid-century home style a diamond in the rough waiting to be rediscovered?
All About the Grandeur
Back in its heyday, the split-level home was designed to accommodate the growing population after World War II and the Quad Cities was no exception to growth. According to The City of Bettendorf’s community profile, Bettendorf more than doubled its population between 1960 and 1980, bringing rise to a grander style of home than the common bungalows popping up everywhere post-war. The compact yet clever tri-level layout gave room to multiple living spaces including a lower-level family room and garage, mid-level entry way and upper-level living space and bedrooms.
There are many reasons homeowners have enjoyed and still enjoy living in split-level homes. This style can give an open-concept feel yet still have the bedrooms and basement only a short flight of steps away. In our current community, the family-friendly neighborhoods and proximity to schools, shopping and entertainment aren’t a bad start for purchase consideration. Since many of the Bettendorf split-level homes were built between the 1950’s and 1970’s, their locations are prime for Quad City living at an often affordable price point for the area.
Somewhere starting in the 1980’s the appeal of the split-level fell off the homeowner’s radar, shifting to larger lots, higher ceilings and bigger closets, in turn, creating the need for an alternative layout. The split-level style never offered much character, it was all about practicality, so many lack charm that is often found in earlier styles and more modern styles available as possible home contenders. The exterior usually isn’t much to see either, with smaller windows and the noticeable split-level profile covered in brick, stone or wood, you easily recognize a split-level when you see one.
It’s What’s On The Inside That Counts
Trying to sell your split-level home? There are plenty of ways to encourage buyers to fall in love with your home despite the dated layout. Sellers can increase interest in their home if they update appliances, paint, flooring or make other modern updates coveted by current home seekers. This style of home could appeal to a young family due to the proximity of the bedrooms or an established family looking for teenagers to have their own space in the basement. Even so, the price point is probably the main draw to this home style, so work with your Real Estate agent to find the best price for your home in our market.
Think you may be ready to sell your beloved split-level home or look at one for yourself? It may be the perfect style to fit your lifestyle and family, you never know until you set up a showing! A RE/MAX River Cities agent can help you determine the next steps toward completing your buying or selling process for any home-style. The professional guidance provided by your RE/MAX River Cities agent will make the home-buying process enjoyable and efficient.
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