With single women increasingly buying their own homes, builders are focusing on designing houses around their needs.
Single women are buying homes at a high rate, prompting builders to focus on so-called woman-centric homes. Craig Jenson, with Ryland Homes, says more than half of the people purchasing homes in this Carmel townhome community are single women.
Jensen said functionality is a major focus in woman-centric homes. "It's very important how the home lives, not necessarily what the square footage is," he said.
Aryca, a PR specialist, said she loves an open floorplan with access to the kitchen and living areas, so she doesn't feel cut off from guests when she's entertaining. She said she loves having space that's big enough for company, but still cozy.
Natasha, a mother of two and an epidemiologist, says the open floorplan lets her keep an eye on her kids without hovering. She also loves the flexible space -- what's a toy room now will serve a different purpose when her kids are older.
"The main thing I was looking for was something that I can come home from a long week of work and just relax," Aryca said. Aryca said her low-maintenance home feels safe and secure, so she can unwind without worries.
Natasha said she loves her garden tub with jets, but she also has a stand-up shower. Her bathroom also has granite countertops, for added class.
Peay's double oven makes entertaining easy, because she can have a dessert baking in one oven while a lasagna is finishing up in the other.
Drawers under the cooktop provide plenty of room for pots and pans.
The stainless-steel appliances and brushed fixtures give the kitchen a sleek look.
Aryca said she loves having a window over the kitchen sink, so she can see the outside world while still getting her kitchen tasks done.
A woman-centric home offers lots of storage options, from a dedicated wine rack (which also serves a decorative purpose) to large walk-in closets. Aryca said her home has enough flexible space to accomodate a family, should she decide to start one.
For indoor entertaining, a cozy living area adjacent to the kitchen is an inviting gathering place.
A balcony offers an outdoor entertaining option, while still being fairly close to the other main areas of the home, Aryca said.
"I know just a generation or two behind, if you wanted the pretty house and two-car garage, you needed to find a partner to help you accomplish that," Aryca said. "But now we have more options. You can... have the house you want now."