According to a recent article in the “Wall Street Journal,” a survey by the American Institute of Architects pointed out a two-thirds increased interest in accessible design features like wider hallways and fewer steps. Half of those surveyed saw a growing demand for accessible exterior designs like ramps and special entrances. Meanwhile luxury home owners are demanding that architects create homes that are both accessible and attractive.
Outfitting these homes for accessibility normally adds an additional 5% to the cost, although the homeowners will tell you it is well worth the extra money, with features like molded shower benches, heated driveways, indoor pools, barrier-free boardwalks, and many other features. In addition, even though these million-dollar plus homes are focused on accessibility, they look the same as any other luxury dwelling.
Avalon Communities in New York City features accessibility in a high-end housing environment. Avalon manages buildings throughout the U.S., and all new buildings are ADA compliant. For example, Avalon High Line and Avalon Clinton in NYC feature closets big enough for wheelchairs, and sliding barn doors for easier handling for the disabled.
In Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, a high-end housing boom is in progress, and some potential residents are hoping to have accessible housing included in the mix of projects. In a “Citizens with Disabilities Committee” meeting in 2015, one developer mentioned that Wauwatosa was an ideal environment for the disabled due to the city services and market demand. He believes there is a need for this type of housing as well as other typical high-end housing options.
Although HousingForTheDisabled.com does not cater specifically to luxury dwellings, you can search by many features to find a desirable home in the high-end market. For example, you can search by size, lot size, bedrooms and bathrooms, pools, price, etc.