Millennials are more inclined to want features such as two-story homes, open layouts, and a greater number of bedrooms and bathrooms than other generations, according to data from NAHB’s “What Home Buyers Really Want” report. The report is based on a survey of prospective and recent home buyers about the preferences they want in a home and community.
Additional space is important to millennials, who have an eye toward homes with at least three bedrooms (87%) and two bathrooms (86%). These home buyers also want a half basement (36%) or a full basement (37%), and prefer open kitchen and dining room layouts (50%) and family room and dining room layouts (43%) more so than older home buyers.
What they don’t tend to want are single-story homes (35%) — which, in contrast, are much more popular with boomers (80%) and seniors (74%). Three-bedroom homes are also popular among boomers (52%) and seniors (56%), but interest in four bedrooms or more drops for these generations — to 23% and 13%, respectively — and increases for millennials.
NAHB economist Carmel Ford attributes millennials’ increased interest in additional bedrooms to potentially accommodating growing families. Read more about millennial layout preferences in this Eye on Housing post.