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Older Houses are Hot Lots for New Development

Columbus Monthly | By TC Brown Posted Sep 5, 2019 at 4:52 PM

“Functionally obsolete” homes in the inner suburbs are torn down to make room for new housing.

Matt Curtis’ family of three moved into a new Compass home in Arlington two years ago, built across the street from the 1951 house they had inhabited for 15 years.

“We had renovated every room in the house and we wanted to open it up and add on more, but that would have been a significant expense,” Curtis says.

Instead, the family presented a laundry list of needs to Compass Homes and got about 80 to 90 percent of what they desired.

“It was a big step for us; we had never built a house before,” Curtis says. “My wife would have never left this neighborhood where kids are running around and you can walk to places and now we have the luxury of having a brand-new house.”

“Downtowns all over the country are more attractive now and people want to live closer and commute less,” says Mark Braunsdorf, owner of Compass here to read more.

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