September 13, 2018

What Do Americans Want in Their Ideal Home?

New homes and ones by the water are in demand.

  • More than half of all Americans would prefer to buy a new home.
  • Waterfront homes are the most popular with buyers, while properties near golf courses are the least.
  • Nearly 80 percent of Americans say that their ideal home includes central air conditioning.


While a home’s perfect location, size, and amenities are unique to each buyer’s personal situation and budget, about half of respondents to a recent survey agree on a few key points.

That’s according to a poll conducted by, which asked both Americans and Europeans to describe their perfect home. About 54 percent of both nationalities state a preference for a new home, and 51 percent think a suburban property is ideal.


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