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A bungalow is a style of house that is usually detached one or one and a half storeys in height and often has a porch or veranda.

Bungalows are very convenient for the homeowner; all living areas are on a single level and there are no stairs between living areas. A bungalow is well suited to persons with impaired mobility, such as the elderly or those in wheelchairs – or just for an individual or people that like to have everything around them.

Neighbourhoods of only bungalows offer more privacy than similar communities with two-storey houses. With bungalows, strategically planted trees and shrubs are usually sufficient to block the view of neighbours. Bungalows are also considered a cost effective way of living.

On a per unit area basis (e.g. per square foot or per square metre), bungalows are more expensive to construct than two storey houses because a larger foundation and roof area is required for the same living area. The foundation will often translate into oversized lot requirements as well.

In Barrie, bungalows have been making a welcome return to the residential landscape. Forward-thinking builders have developed small, exclusive enclaves within the city. In fact, Allandale Villas is an active adult condominium community located in South Barrie. Featuring bungalow and bungalow-with-loft designs, the town villas are a rare find.

The appeal for empty nesters is the loft design, with its large entertainment area and spacious upstairs master bedroom with ensuite. Seniors and retirees prefer the one-level bungalows. Homes have open-concept designs, double-paned windows, private decks, landscaping, brick exteriors, forced-air gas and central air ranging in prices from $240,900 to $272,900.

Mary Bateman is your trusted single resource for all kinds of housing options in Barrie and Simcoe County. A professional real estate agent with considerable expertise and knowledge of the residential  market, she is ready to work for and with you. Call Mary Bateman today at RE/MAX Chay Realty Inc. at (705) 722-7100 or toll free (866) 606-2429. Get to know Mary at or on Facebook. A convenient call or a click away.

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