Gideon Fountain writes:
My house has almost none of the features that I’ve now decided should be “mandatory” at all (expensive) new houses. I developed this list while walking through 8 Baldwin Farms North (Wilson Alling, listing broker). It’s just off Round Hill Road, south of the Merritt Parkway. It’s a spec house built by Greenwich builder Marc Spector (not to be confused with James Bond arch-enemy “SPECTRE”), who seems to get it right every time.
Here then is my list of things that new houses oughtta have:
- Huge kitchen with huge center-island.
- Large “mud-room” (Spector’s had two)
- 3-car, over-size garage
- Big laundry room with 4 machines, and places to fold stuff
- Loads and loads of closets, on all floors, with built-in shelves
- 2nd floor “study area” with cork-board walls
- Lower level that is pleasant and has decent ceiling height
- Big, rubber-floored exercise room, glass walls are a plus
- Media room, doesn’t have to be gi-mungous
Of course, this house had plenty of other features, like a perfectly sited pool, attractive wine-cellar, truly beautiful bathrooms (not done in the usual “spec-house beige”!), and on and on. Obviously, the master bedroom/bath needs to be well-designed, with plenty of closets, fireplace, etc., as this one was. They’re asking $7.9M and, for that, you should get all the good stuff. But there are brand-new houses out there, some cheaper, some more expensive, that are missing quite a few of my “mandatory 10″. Not acceptable.