Leah Barber says knowing what you want makes buying a home much easier.

The rich colours of Mahogany

Home buyer doesn’t settle for less with her forever home

At 52, Leah Barber knows what she wants. The recently divorced mother of a university-aged son was clear on her must-haves when she began shopping for a new home.

Top priorities were a home with great curb appeal and a big deck adjoining the great room – a sunny spot where she could relax after a long day at work. Add to that a double master plan, so that when her son was home from school, he would have his own space. In addition, she had specific layout requests, including a smaller footprint – small enough to be low maintenance.

She found exactly what she was looking for in Hopewell’s Xeno model — a 1,300 square foot, laned home with a double master plan and front kitchen in the southeast lake community of Mahogany.

CREB®Now: What led you to Mahogany and how did your home search begin?

Barber: I didn’t have a preference on where in the city I wanted to live, even though I had only ever lived in the north.

I looked at the whole city. I drove around to different communities to see what they had to offer; and then a friend of mine suggested that I look at Mahogany. I said, ‘where the heck is that?’

The homes are such rich colours. I started looking at the show homes and realized that I could really see myself in this community. It just felt right.

So one Saturday afternoon, I drove down and when you drive in, it is so pretty, even beyond the lake, which is of course, an asset. The homes are such rich colours. I started looking at the show homes and realized that I could really see myself in this community. It just felt right.

CREB®Now: Did you consider a resale home or did you always want to buy brand new?

Barber: I wouldn’t have said ‘no way’ to a resale home, but I really loved the idea of being able to build what I wanted.

This is my final house and I really wanted it to be what I wanted, not what someone else had decided. I initially looked at condos – I thought that it would be so nice not to have to worry about shoveling or mowing, but the more that I looked, the more that I realized that I wanted a big deck. The nice thing about Mahogany is the laned homes, so you don’t have to buy a 2,000 square foot house.

CREB®Now: Do you have any advice for someone in the midst of looking for a new home?

Barber: Look at a lot of show homes and a lot of resale homes. Get a really strong sense of what you like and what you want. Also think about where you are living now and what works for you in the home and what doesn’t.

I knew that I wanted my kitchen in the front of the house, and my living room in the back of the house so that I could walk out to the deck. I also knew that I didn’t want a fireplace and I wanted walk-in showers rather than bathtubs. Knowing what you like makes the process much easier.

 

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