Old vintage homes – whether historic or not – are some of my favorite houses. But I do have a bit of a confession. As stately as the two (or more) story old homes are, I still prefer single story houses. While I love the excellent exercise I get in a home with stairs, they can sometimes be a bit hard on the kneads. And many of our senior parents, including my mom, are definitely challenged by them.
I remember a dear friend and neighbor of ours who had a lovely and historic two story house in Virginia. She told us how nervous it made her to go up and down those stairs at night when tired.
I also have vivid memories of a lovely old home owned by family members years ago. It was truly a delightful house except for the stairs. Those were the most shallow thin stairs I’ve ever seen, though I’ve heard from others that they are NOT that uncommon for some older homes.
On the bright side, another historic old house in our family had GREAT stairs, nice and wide and with a landing on the way up to rest at.
All this to say that if you are searching to buy an old home and visit any with two or more stories, make sure you take a close look at all the stairs and picture your elderly parents, not to mention your very young loved ones on them. Can they handle them OK? Are they wide enough and easy to climb up and down? Perhaps single story or a multi-story home with a master or other bedroom on the main floor along with a bathroom with shower or bath is a good option for their future needs.
For that matter, we never know when life’s path may swerve dramatically in a whole new direction due to injury or illness. It’s wise to think of looking at any home to buy with an eye for future developments. And that single story or master/bedroom on the main floor could be handy for you as well!
As some of you know, I have other blogs including SandwichINK Real Estate Info, which is geared boomers and seniors caring for their elderly parents. On that site, I focus a lot on aging in place and universal design options. The best part of universal design is that its goal is a safe home environment no matter what age or physical abilities. A grand goal for ALL ages in ALL homes – whether brand new or the lovely and unique old and vintage homes in our local neighborhoods.
So before you go out house hunting for your own special vintage house, thinking of the fun times past and future the special and unique one you pick out, take some time to think of how it would be to live in this house with any possible health issues down the road – for yourself or those you love, and make a list of the top needs to keep at the top of your mind. It’s definitely worth thinking about as you make one of the biggest purchases of your life!
P.S. If you’d like to search for old and vintage homes for sale in Placer County, CA with a master bedroom on the first floor or a single story rambler, click here or CALL KAYE – 657-229-KAYE