The burst housing bubble saw many homeowners seeking out smaller homes, but the average size of new home actually has grown over the past four years, from 2,362 square feet in 2009 to 2,679 square feet in 2013, according to Census Bureau data presented by the National Association of Home Builders at the 2014 International Builders’ Show.
Further, the percentage of new homes with at least four bedrooms has been trending upward since 2008, from 34 percent in 2009 to 48 percent in 2013. Homes with at least three full bathrooms (rising from 23 to 35 percent) and three-car garages (rising from 16 to 22 percent) have increased, too, between 2010 and 2013. The share of two-story single-family homes made up 60 percent of new-home starts in 2013.
“It will certainly continue at least the next 12 months as the land cost continue to appreciate,” says David Hawes, a real estate broker at Halstead Property in Darien, Conn. The cost of land remains considerably high even after the housing bust. Builders tend to build larger home to offset the high land costs and get more bangs for the buck by charging more.
Indeed, this increase in size and features leaded to a higher price tag. The median home price was $318,000 in 2013, up from $248,000 in 2009.