For the past 10 years or so, energy efficiency of homes has been steadily increasing. That’s partly driven by new technology, and partly by the California Environmental Protection Agency.
In terms of construction, stucco has really become the standard for home exteriors, and roof tiles are the standard in roofing — no wood or fiberglass.
Home buyers are also seeking more amenities and homes continue to grow in size, although there is also a significant market at the other end of the spectrum for smaller homes. This market is being driven by empty nesters who may want less home to take care of now that the kids are gone.
We’ve become a very strong market for retirement homes. Pulte Homes is the largest provider of age-restricted communities in the area (under the Del Webb, Sun City name), though there are several other national and local companies building homes for this burgeoning market.
For homes 2,500 square feet and greater, the three-car garage has become a standard. People have come to expect that. Meanwhile, lot sizes have been shrinking because of the cost of land. Smaller lots are more the rule today.