Not all empty nesters require single-level living. Many who live by Newton’s law that “an object in motion stays in motion” will gladly opt for climbing stairs and select a multi-level residence with an upstairs bedroom.

Some homebuilders are successfully targeting this market, offering special features that these buyers do want, including: elevators as a standard feature, which help owners to confidently age-in-place by making it easier to carry groceries and other items to their home, increasing the value of a third-level living space; private outdoor spaces, such as patios and large decks; and elegant kitchens with living areas for entertaining family and friends.

Check out these area builders for inspired multi-level design:
Knutson is marketing four-level townhomes at Brambleton Town Center. While elevators are optional, more than 50% of buyers purchased the option and paid up to $1M for their home.

Van Metre Homes’ Grand Villas at Birchwood at Brambleton, a 55+ community, offers large two-level townhomes with the kitchen and garage on the same level and expansive decks off the front and rear of the home. Elevators are not included, but only the bedrooms and laundry are upstairs. Prices start in the upper $500s.

At Crest of Alexandria, a 55+ community, Craftmark Homes builds 24’x50’ three-level townhomes. They have consistently maintained strong sales with homes starting in the upper $600s.