Main Floor Master Suites- A Trend For Aging In Place

As baby boomers age and take advantage of increasing options for aging in place such as 55+ communities, in-home care and multi-generational living, the need for single-level living is getting greater. Typically, retirees and empty-nesters have been gravitating to smaller, single-level homes with master suites on the main floor.

As Realtors, we are seeing not just the main floor master take center stage, but also requests for high-end, top quality and more manageably-sized homes.  On-trend bathrooms and kitchens with professional appliances, high ceilings, moldings and trim work, as well as unique design features on a smaller scale are finding their niche and drawing interest.

If you have been thinking about your next step as your children fly the coop, you might want to check out some of these homes with main floor master suites that are currently on the market.

28 Whipstick Road – Stylish Cape in lovely setting. Gourmet white kitchen open to vaulted family room, main floor master suite, 3 additional, generously-sized en suite bedrooms on upper level + large bonus room, finished lower level and a guest suite. Offered for sale at $1,045,000. Learn more.

400 Silver Spring Road – Vintage charm in a spectacular setting! This restored & expanded 3 bedroom home joins a separate one-room studio + a 3-car barn with an unfinished loft that would make the perfect guest house, all on a sweeping 4.6 acres of level lawns & spectacular landscape. Offered for sale at $1,095,000. Learn more.

41 Peaceable Street – Walk to town from this updated, 1920s rambling Colonial gem. Beautiful setting with 2 park-like acres + private plunge pool. Newly updated chef’s kitchen, incredible great room + sunroom, amazing main floor master wing with dressing & sitting rooms, private patio & exquisite bath. 3 additional bedroom ‘suites’ plus separate apartment with kitchen, living space, bedroom & bath for live-in help/caretaker. Sophistication at every turn. $1,895,000. Learn more.

Or, as an alternative, try an in-law apartment or guest house.

135 Old Branchville Road – Gorgeous, rambling, open concept home with 6 bedrooms, 5/1 baths, spectacular floor- to-ceiling stone fireplace + fabulous, expansive 1 bedroom guest house with kitchen, vaulted great room, full bar, fireplace and full bath. Serene 5.74 acres in South Ridgefield. $995,000. Learn more.

71 Old Branchville Road – Unbelievable value! Over $2MM invested. Gourmet kitchen, 6 bedrooms, in law/au pair apartment with separate entrance and alarm, full kitchen, living room, bonus room + bedroom and full bath. Over 4 acres of lovely grounds in South Ridgefield. Priced way below market value. Subdivision possibility. Offered for sale at $945,000. Learn more.

34 Salem View Drive – Fabulous opportunity to enjoy a beautiful 5 bedroom Colonial + a 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath cottage with a full kitchen, living room, deck with gorgeous views, laundry & its own garage and storage. Rental income opportunity. Incredible views with unbelievable saltwater pool & terraced entertaining area. Very special! Offered for sale at $1,295,000. Learn more.

Karla Murtaugh Named One Of America’s Best Realtors

REAL Trends and Tom Ferry International released its list of the 2019 America’s Best Real Estate Professionals and Karla Murtaugh, a licensed realtor with Neumann Real Estate/Christie’s International Real Estate in Ridgefield, made the list for both the number of transactions she closed in 2018, and for her total sales volume during the same period.

The list ranks the most productive agents by state and metropolitan area based on closed transaction sides and closed volume. To qualify for inclusion, an individual agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2018.

In Connecticut, a total of 93 agents qualified for the list based on their sales volume, and 68 by the number of closed transactions.  Ms. Murtaugh ranked #7 for volume closing 54 transactions.

“We are so proud of Karla and what she brings to this office. Her commitment to the profession, along with her high ethical standards and incredible work ethic provide the perfect combination for her success,” said Russ Neumann, broker and partner at Neumann Real Estate.  “There is no one more deserving of this recognition.”

“Those individual agents and teams who make up the 2019 America’s Best Real Estate Professionals represent less than 1.5 percent of all Realtors® in the country yet account for over 12 percent of the closed transactions and more than 22 percent of all the sales volume closed last year,” says Steve Murray, president of REAL Trends.

The rankings are compiled based on surveys from virtually every national branded network, many state and local associations of Realtors®, multiple listing services, all applicants from past years’ rankings, and the 900 largest brokerage firms in the United States. Verification from an independent source is required for all submissions.