First of all, let’s get to the definition:
A zero lot line home exists when one boundary wall of the structure is built right on the property line or so close to the boundary that there is very little yard space between the building and the adjacent structure.
You may be a skeptic, so hear me out. If you’ve lived in the country or in a basically rural neighborhood for most of your life, you might have turned your nose up at those “teeny lots” popping up in neighborhoods across the country.
Admit it. You may have even talked about it around the proverbial water cooler: Yards seem to be getting smaller, these days, I tell ya. Music is louder, teens are more disrespectful, hemlines are getting shorter. . . yada, yada, yada. . . .
We’ll leave the discussion about music and teens for another blog post. However, housing lots in many ways are getting smaller these days. But times, as they say, are a-changin’. And many people have found these smaller lots to be a boon to their homeownership.
Here are some reasons why people prefer Zero Lot Line Homes:
Create more usable space on the lot and maximize potential indoor space.
Eliminate the need for landscaping and minimize yard work.
Are generally more cost effective than regular homes.
Utilize land more efficiently in neighborhoods by providing an opportunity to pool the open space together and create common-use parks and/or nature habitats.
For many home buyers, a zero lot line home is preferable to a condominium or apartment living, especially as the baby boomer population moves further into its golden years of retirement. And, rather than spending their free time mowing and weeding acres of land, a growing number of homeowners are investing their time in their families, new hobbies, and monitoring those pesky shrinking hemlines.
My name is Joni Kerley, with Century 21 Real Estate, I specialize in homes in Snohomish County – you can reach me at 425-343-4545.
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