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of Homes, and in 2017 it won a Reggie Award in the $1.2 million
and above category from the Builders Association of the Twin Cities. The award honors excellence in design and construction for
entries in the Parade of Homes.
"We take into account each client's style," Remick says. One
owner may prefer a modern home with clean lines while another
finds comfort in the cottage style. City Homes has a pool of architects it regularly works with but when requested it will collaborate
with firms chosen by its clients.
DESIGNING FOR THE CLIENT
City Homes' newest development is Edina Flats, a 19-unit
project consisting of four buildings in Edina, Minn., a suburb
southwest of Minneapolis. The development looks to replicate
the neighborhood feel of the surrounding community with single-level units that will appeal to the aging population of baby
boomers, many of whom are looking for homes that will that fit
their changing lifestyle.
"Our target clientele is not ready to go into assisted living, but
they want to make it easier and downsize and not have to take care
of their 5,000-square-foot homes as empty nesters," Remick says.
Apartments and condos with one floor are easier to maintain
and move around in. "Single-level living is something we want to
get involved with," Remick explains. "People want to downsize.
They want to eliminate the stairs. We feel this will be in high demand in the future."
Delivering high-end luxury homes is going to become more difficult as the competitive real estate market makes land more expensive and therefore more unobtainable to fit within clients' budgets.
"People come to us and have a budget, and they have what they want
built for that budget," Remick says. "The challenge is finding a land
price and total house project cost that will work for their budget."
To solve that challenge, City Homes is working with local real
estate agents to identify affordable potential plots in desirable
neighborhoods. Its also getting more creative with the way it uses
the space. Formal areas within the homes such as dining rooms are
going away in favor of more functional spaces that are used every
day. That allows City Homes to maximize the usability of its homes
for its clients and makes a home build more obtainable, ending
with a happy homeowner. )
"City Homes exceeded my expectations," client John Tastad
says. "There are always issues that arise when purchasing a newly
constructed home. [Senior Construction Manager] Todd [Allen]
was outstanding. He identified items during our walk through that
I didn't notice (small cracks, nail head in sheetrock) and fixed
them. He also waited until after I was moved in so the painters
could touch up any marks left from the movers. Lisa [Benning] in
the office always responded quickly and followed up to make sure
items were completed on time."
The company pairs its clients with designers it knows will match their budgets,
personalities or styles.
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