Missing Middle

The Missing Middle of Smart, Urban Home Ownership

For homeowners and renters, the decision to invest in property can seem overwhelming: expensive suburbia or limited urban options. But what if there was another choice?

Missing Middle housing refers to small and medium-sized housing that is simplistic and comfortable for urban living. They are “missing” because historical regulations, trends, suburban living and incentives around single-family homes since the 1940s have lessened new demand. Today, 90 percent of the housing market is made up of single-family homes in suburbs, according to Opticos Designs Inc.

Fortunately, clustered, multi-unit homes are on the rise: 77 percent of millennials want a walkable lifestyle that accommodates their mobile and social needs. As millennials look to achieve home ownership, Missing Middle housing can fit into evolving communities in an affordable, connective way.

Missing Middle housing has a small construction footprint, making them more affordable for renters, owners and developers. Smaller units are less expensive to construct and lower price points make things affordable for a larger group of homeowners. Less space also creates a greater sense of neighborhood community; bungalow courts and courtyard housing are common examples that help communities interact outside verses visiting the local restaurant or the next festival around the corner.

While unique, Missing Middle housing doesn’t stray far from homes that dominate the market. They provide a user experience identical to single-family homes, such as walking up to a porch instead of walking down an apartment corridor. This eases the mental shift away from conventional housing. This style is not just attractive to millennials either; baby boomers grew up in homes with familiar makeups, and middle-minded housing can serve as accessible alternatives to senior centers.  

Sustainable, affordable and high-quality, Missing Middle housing is a viable opportunity for housing that can fit diverse demographics today like a glove.

Source: http://opticosdesign.com/missing-middle-housing-responding-to-the-demand-for-walkable-urban-living-2/

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517.349.9330 (phone) | 517.349.7131 (fax)
2422 Jolly Road, Suite 200, Okemos, MI, 48864