Americans’ Ideal Home

A waterfront home in the suburbs that has nearly 5,000 square feet and a one-story ranch may be at the top of American consumers’ real estate wishlists, according to findings from a survey of more than 600 Americans and Europeans about their ideal home designs, amenities, and locations.

Forty-five percent of Americans surveyed say if they could get their top choice they’d have a waterfront view, whether that’s a lakefront or oceanfront view. Views of a coast, city, or hills, raised elevations, and mountains followed in their preferences. The most preferred home size among Americans is four bedrooms and three bathrooms and is 4,982 square feet on 10.6 acres.