Exploring the Urban Series: New Single-Family Homes in Kirkland

June 6, 2023


Are you in the market for a single-family home in the Kirkland area? Maybe you need additional space for your loved ones, want to move to a more desirable location, or you’ve simply grown tired of apartment living. 

You might be weighing your options, thinking about whether you should keep renting, remain in your existing place, or maybe you're ready to embrace the adventure of purchasing a new home. However, since new construction home prices in Kirkland usually begin at a substantial amount, well above $3 million, you might find yourself discouraged at the prospect of ever owning a home in this beautiful community. 

As a luxury home builder in Kirkland, Merit Homes understands that not everyone wants or needs a 4,000+ SF, multi-million dollar home. Market prices are a considerable barrier to entry for first-time buyers and even current homeowners. For this reason, Merit Homes has created a new line of single-family homes called the Urban Series. These attainable, efficient luxury homes start in the mid-1M’s and are perfect for first-time buyers, move-up buyers, recent retirees, or those looking to downsize. 

In this blog, we’ll walk you through the Urban Series by Merit Homes so you can decide whether these single-family homes are right for you. In this article, you’ll discover:

  • What is a Single Family Home
  • Advantages of Single Family Home Ownership
  • What is the Urban Series by Merit Homes
  • Benefits of Our Urban Series Home
  • Discover if the Urban Series is Right For You 

What is a Single-Family Home?

Generally speaking, a single-family home is a freestanding housing structure set on its own parcel of land. This means it is unconnected from homes or units owned by other individuals, unlike townhomes, condominiums, or apartments. To technically qualify as a single-family home, the structure must have its own utilities, land, and entrance from the street. With a single-family home, one can avoid sharing walls or floors with neighbors and finally have their own space free of landlords or noisy upstairs neighbors. 

Advantages of single-family home ownership include

More Space: A single-family home is a great option if you’ve outgrown your apartment complex or condominium. You’ll be able to enjoy increased square footage‌, more rooms, and great amenities such as a garage, outdoor living space, and driveway. 

Increased Privacy: If privacy is important to you, you may want to consider single-family living. In traditional condo-style living and apartments, neighbors can unknowingly be disruptive or noisy, and that can interrupt your day-to-day activities. Single-family homes are ideal for those wanting a little more peace and quiet. 

Better Suited For Multi-Gen Living: With multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, and living areas, everyone can have their own private space and common areas for family time. As the family grows and changes, you can make improvements and upgrades to the home that can increase its value over time and suit your unique needs. Single-family homes allow you the freedom and comfort to progress to the next phase of your life. 

Better ROI: If you are now renting, you could be missing out on a valuable opportunity to invest in real estate. Buying a property in a desirable location could set you up for a highly profitable return on investment if you decide to sell in the future. 

The Urban Series by Merit Homes

Now that you have a better idea of what a single-family home is, let’s dive into the Urban Series by Merit Homes. Our Urban Series homes are technically classified as 'cottages' under the Kirkland Zoning Code. They are ‌detached, single-family dwelling units of 1,700 square feet or less. These single-family homes contain all the features of a Northwest contemporary style Merit Home, such as luxury amenities, designer finishes, intuitive layout, and outdoor living space. However, these homes are more accessible for home buyers as the starting price point is in the mid $1Ms.  

Primary benefits of the Urban Series include

Attainability: Our luxury single-family homes start at the mid- $1Ms. This ‌price point is much more attainable for most home buyers when compared to the new construction market average here in Kirkland. 

Energy-Efficient: Urban Series homes are 100% electric and are intentionally built to use less energy and offer superior air quality. 

Luxury Amenities: Every Urban Series home is equipped with a full appliance package, including a built-in fridge, front-load W/D, and induction range. 

Outdoor Living Space: Enjoy a covered outdoor living space and professional landscape design with your Urban Series home. 

Plenty of Room: The Urban Series homes range in size from 1,500 - 1,754 square feet and typically include three bedrooms and 2.5 baths. 

Merit Home Features: With the Urban Series, your home includes many of Merit’s signature features, such as a gourmet kitchen, large windows, natural lighting, custom shelving, walk-in closets, and more. 

To learn more about our available Urban Series homes in Kirkland, visit here

Who is the Urban Series For?

Not all homeowners have the same needs and wants. This is why we knew we had to curate a new line of homes that catered to various underserved markets. While anyone is sure to enjoy our Urban Series, here are some of our most popular buyers: 

First-Time Homeowners

If you are looking to make a move from apartment living to homeownership‌, our Urban Series is a perfect fit. This is especially true if you are looking for something with an attainable price point in a vibrant city with lots of opportunities. 

Move-Up Buyers

Move-up buyers and buyers who want to trade in their traditional multi-family style condo in the big cities for something with a little more space are often looking for a change in lifestyle. As families grow and change, their housing needs may evolve as well. Single-family homes can provide more space, privacy, and outdoor areas for families to enjoy. Additionally, owning a single-family home can provide a sense of stability and security, as well as the opportunity to customize the home to fit their unique needs and preferences.

Retirees or Empty Nesters

If you are retired, you might be looking to downsize. If so, the Urban Series should be on your radar. You’ll love the minimal maintenance and limited responsibility of these smaller homes while enjoying the benefits of being steps away from the restaurants, shopping, and the beautiful Kirkland waterfront. 

Eco-Friendly Homeowners

If your current space is too large or you are interested in smaller-footprint living, these all-electric homes fit the bill. The Urban Series was designed with energy efficiency, air quality, and sustainability at the top of mind in order to benefit our eco-system and your budget. 

As you can see, our Urban Series attracts many different home buyers looking for an efficient but modern luxury home at an attainable price point. Whether you are looking to downsize or upgrade, you are sure to find everything you need in an Urban Series home.

Is an Urban Series Home Right For You? 

There are many different types of single-family homes out there to choose from. Before you decide on what kind is best for you and your family, you’ll need to perform thoughtful research as well as take a deep dive into your needs, wants, and preferences. We encourage you to consider the Urban Series in your search and contact us to learn more about it if they are the right fit.  

If you love the look and feel of a Northwest Contemporary Merit style home, ‌but they have traditionally been out of your price range, the Urban Series is made for you. 

If you are a recent retiree who owns a large home in Kirkland and wants to transition to more low-maintenance living, the Urban series is designed with you in mind. 

And for that first-time home buyer that has been dreaming about leaving traditional apartment-style living for years, the Urban series is the perfect fit for you.

Contact Merit Homes, a Kirkland Luxury Home Builder

If you’d like more information on our available Urban Series homes in Kirkland, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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