New Homes Trend in Wychwood (Westfield, NJ)
Buyers and builders are snatching up (relatively) lower-priced, smaller homes in Wychwood and replacing them with new homes or remaking them through the wonders of careful, historically-respectful renovation into something unique and even more valuable.
Wychwood was one of the early “development” neighborhoods to burgeon as Westfield grew and met the needs of new commuters in the early part of the twentieth century. Pre-war Westfield entrepreneurs developed lovely Stoneleigh Park in the 1910s, historic Wychwood in the 20s, and elegant Indian Forest in the 30s.
These Westfielders brought their desire to celebrate the beauty of the past with them, and the houses from this period reflect those ideals: traditional columns and porches, slate and shake roofs, finely wrought porticos. The houses in these neighborhoods observe classical architectural traditions: Georgians, Dutch Colonials, Tudors, and Mission Homes.
This distinctive, beautiful architecture is one of the many reasons behind the high value of these sought-after neighborhoods. For those with the financial wherewithal, these Historic Westfield Homes offer a singular real estate choice.
The new homes trend in Wychwood, however, may satisfy two other groups.
1. For some, it’s the desire to live in an old money neighborhood, with all the sizzle and convenience of Westfield new homes. Amid the Wychwood gems, there are obsolescent smaller houses, built in the 40s and 50s sometimes available for sale at prices way below the neighborhood mean. These homes afford the prestigious Wychwood address and there are a half dozen local builders delighted to buy at the right price, scrape off the old and build the flavor of the month.
2. For others, the realities of a specific house may require aesthetic reunification with the Wychwood norm. Again, nestled among the many stately Wychwood homes are others, built in the 50s, and lacking the grandeur of their peers. These homes can be purchased at a lower cost and transformed into architectual masterpieces that fit the neighborhood with the convenience of up-to-date new construction.
If you want to live in historic Wychwood, and you have the patience, vision, and resources, you can meld the old and the new into a wonderful Westfield Home.
If I can help you find one of these unique Wychwood opportunities and offer guidance in your construction adventure, feel free to reach out to me.
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Westfield, NJ 07090