Real Estate: Living large

Record-high home sizes mean more to love.

According to recent housing data, new-home buyers are rejecting the modern adage that less is more. Data released by the United States Census Bureau shows that new homes are getting bigger: Houses that broke ground in the first half of 2013 averaged 2,679 square feet, 300 square feet larger than their counterparts in 2009 and much more expansive than the average house in the mid-1970s, which rang in at 1,660.

So what do you get in the upsized American dream? If 158 Washington in Lake Forest (above: artist’s rendering home) is any indication, additional rooms reign. The 2,800-square-foot plan includes four bedrooms, 3.1 bathrooms and a 2.5-car garage. It represents a growing housing type that might soon usurp the longtime three-bedroom, two-bathroom as the national standard. The $995,000 starting price packs in additional bonuses: two ensuite bedrooms, a dining room, open kitchen, study, large family room and well-appointed mudroom, according to Coldwell Banker broker Sophia Childs (left, call 847-234-8000). Bigger? Yes, but “every inch is thought out for today’s lifestyle,” Childs says.

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