Published at Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 - 10:17:19 AM. Kitchen Room. By Adal Meier.
Spindler was dubbed the “Queen of Alamo Square” by residents and agents working in the area but soon realized what she loved about the neighborhood was less about the location than the architecture. She simply couldnt get enough of the built-ins, carved wood, and detailing in these homes. “In a lot of cases, you cant even afford to create that anymore,” she says. She changed her tagline to “The Victorian Specialist” in 1996 and today estimates that some 80 percent of the deals she works on—with both buyers and sellers—fall into this style niche. “Its much more interesting than trying to pick a farm area,” she says.
Model homes and condos are a different breed. Custom homebuilders and developers are showing how much more important this niche has become by creating the illusion that a pet lives on the premises of their show homes. Toll Brothers, a custom builder of both single- and multifamily housing based in Horsham, Penn., stages swank models with plush pet beds and fancy dog showers that feature designer tiles. ICI Homes designed a “pet condo” under a stairway, a place that typically represents dead space, in one of their model houses. The area measures 4 by 4 feet, has a large opening with a gate, and room for a bed, bowls, light, and electric outlet. “The outlet can be used to plug in one of the newer self-cleaning litter boxes,” suggests sales assistant Sabrina Bosarge. Staging expert Kristie Barnett, founder of Expert Psychological Training in Nashville, Tenn., says builders arent risking much with these add-ons because they can easily be reimagined when needed—a shower can be used to rinse off small childrens feet or water plants, and a space under the stairs can become a play area or storage space.
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