ADVANTAGES of a One-Story, Ranch Style HOME

Once thought of as a simple starter home, ranch-style plans are anything but the plain and simple offerings of years past.  The one-story home has become one of the most sought-after style in today’s homebuying market.  One of the key factors is aging.   The last of the baby boomers turned 50 in 2014.  Ask them want they want in their dream retirement home and it is much more than just “no stairs to climb.”  Increasingly, 60 has become the new 50 and the baby boomers are reshaping the housing market.  What are they looking for? 

Safety and Accessbility of Single Story Homes

The aging U.S. population is either finding it increasingly difficult and dangerous to climb stairs, or is anticipating it as an impossibility in their future. Homes by Malta Development fills a huge need in the Upstate NY area for one-story, ranch style homes and homes with first floor Master Suites, those that allow one to “age in place.”  They are designed to be highly functional for years to come, enabling people to stay in their homes longer.  

Check out our one-story homes and our one-story and first floor master suite townhomes.

Design Options: Characteristics of Ranch style homes

The challenge of designing floor plans which keep everything on one level has forced builders to get creative with their one-story offerings.  No longer encumbered by the structural demands of a second floor, builders are now able to take advantage of the freedom to offer taller ceilings, vaulted ceilings, and larger windows which add to a feeling of spaciousness and grandeur.  Everything on one level also means a much larger basement area which allows for a greater amount of storage space when downsizing from a larger home and the possibility of spectacular basement retreats and play rooms for grandchildren.

Efficiency of Space (ranch style floor plans)

Gone are the cut-up floor plans resulting from the need to support an upper floor. Fewer walls make for better flow and combined spaces such as the Great Room can serve the multiple function of living room, dining room, and family room, merging these individual rooms into one, large open space where family and guests can comfortably gather.  Homes by Malta Development makes it easy to finish the basement.  Walls are fully insulated and sheet rocked and an egress window is included for safety.

Investment and Resale Value of single story homes

According to the National Association of Home Builders which tracks consumer housing preference, the demand for one-story, ranch-style homes becomes greater with each passing year.  Your home is likely to be your most significant investment and an increased demand for and a severe shortage of one-story home inventory means greater resale value. Your one-story home is an excellent investment!


The Carriage Home Collection at Lakeview Landing in Malta, NY and the Townhome Collection at Orchard Pointe  in Halfmoon, NY offer grand living all on one level and first floor Master Suite plans. These local and national award winning plans have been featured in Professional Builder Magazine,  Modern Home Builder Magazine, as well as many local and regional publications.  Targeted primarily to empty nesters, these homes appeal to those looking for highly functional and dramatic space and recognize that it is more about “right sizing” than “downsizing.”  These artfully crafted homes make excellent use of every bit of space without sacrificing architectural style; a fine example of less is more.  A full array of modern design elements and amenities combine to elevate these homes from practical to dream home.  Today’s 55+ homebuyer is active and highly social.  These floor plans are designed with that in mind.  Guests suites with private baths are placed away from the Master bedroom to allow privacy for all.  Most importantly we offer the most inclusive Standard Features package of any builder in the area making your newly-built home an excellent value. Both communities offer an Exterior Maintenance package to free busy homeowners from the demands of yard work and snow removal.

Every Malta Development home is Energy Star certified, National Green Building Standard certified, and insulated with Spray Foam Insulation, resulting in substantially lower utility bills and a healthier living environment.

Lakeview Landing and Orchard Pointe have already won awards for workmanship, as well as interior and exterior design.  The Carriage Home Collection at Lakeview Landing was honored in 2015 with an award from the National Association of Home Builders.

INTERESTED IN HEARING MORE?  Call Beth Smith Realty, Ltd. today at (518) 928-3057.  We know that you don’t do this every day but we do!  We are happy to answer all of your questions and help you find the home of your dreams.