Duke Warner Realty

Choosing the Right Home for Your Family

Bend Oregon Real Estate

If you are at a point in your life where it is finally time to purchase your first home, you may not have decided yet which type you would prefer to buy. At Duke Warner Real Estate here in Bend, Oregon there are many options available to you. Some of the different types of Bend Oregon Real Estate homes include:

– Single-family homes
– Condominiums
– Townhomes
– Mobile homes
– Manufactured homes
– Modular homes
– Luxury homes
– Private community homes
– Custom built home

You can learn about some of the different benefits there are that come with purchasing some of these different types of homes. This will make your decision easier regarding the types of homes you want to view when shopping for the right one for your family.

Single-family homes

A single-family home is a detached home that’s located on its own property you would also own upon purchasing that home. These homes are often commonly referred to as stick-built homes and can be older houses. This is because they are built from lumber on-site instead of in a factory-like some of the other types of homes. The home has its own kitchen, its own land, its own utilities, and an HVAC system. One of the great things about owning a single-family home is that you get privacy. You won’t have to worry about sharing walls with a neighbor who may be loud or complain when you are loud.

You can do what you want with the land, such as fencing it, starting a garden, having pets, changing the landscape, etc. You will have the ability to barbecue without smoking out the neighbors and having them complain. You can have an inground or above-ground pool put in and enjoy the summers even more.


There are also plenty of benefits that come from owning a condominium. Some people like the idea of being part of a community where the neighbors are very close. Some people find an added sense of security comes with living in such a location. Also, when you live in a condo, you get all of the benefits that the HOA has to offer. The HOA helps to keep things going smoothly and looking great. Yards must be kept up with, so your neighborhood will always look great.

The landscaping, the exterior pest control, the lighting, the amenities, and the security are some of the many things that the HOA takes care of for the residents. If you want to own your own place, but you don’t like the idea of taking on all the outdoor work that can come with it, then a condo may end up being a good fit for you and your family.


A townhome is much like a condo, but there are a few differences. For one thing, a townhome is often appreciated by some because they tend to come with more of a yard than a condo offers. Also, when it comes to the yard, the townhome owners will be in charge of tending to it.

Some people like the idea that they will be able to take care of the regular yard maintenance of your home on their own. Some townhomes have many amenities like condos offer, but the townhome communities aren’t as known for these amenities as condo communities are.

Mobile homes

One of the most appreciated benefits of purchasing a mobile home is that it can be purchased for only a fraction of what it would cost to purchase a single-family home. While there are some differences between these types of homes, they are also similar in many ways. One important thing to know about a mobile home is that while moving one may not be easy, it is often done.

If you get a great deal on a mobile home that’s in a location you aren’t crazy about, know that you can purchase land you like and have the mobile home moved to that land, giving you everything you want. Since mobile homes are built in controlled environments, you also know that they are built to high standards consistently.

Manufactured homes

Manufactured homes are very similar to single-family homes. However, they can also be purchased for less than a single-family home. Many times you can tell a manufactured home from a single-family home because of the flatter appearance they have on the exterior, and they aren’t affixed to a foundation.

Manufactured homes are built in a factory-like mobile homes are, so they also offer that high-quality build. Manufactured homes are generally small to mid-sized homes, and they are always single-level homes.

Modular home

A modular home is the closest thing to a stick-built single-family home, but it is another type that is manufactured in a factory and then transported to the site. With a modular home, the home is affixed to a permanent foundation like a stick-built home would be. Modular homes are generally too large to be brought to the location in one piece, so they are fully attached on-site. However, once they have been put together, it won’t be obvious that they were ever not in one piece. At least, not to someone who isn’t very experienced with them.

Something great that you want to realize about a modular home is that they can come as one-story homes, or they can come as two-story homes. They can also look so much like a stick-built home to the untrained eye that they are a great option for those who want the best of both worlds.

Luxury homes

A luxury home is generally not one a first-time buyer sets out to purchase unless they were raised with a privileged life. A luxury home is an expensive home that’s very large and full of high-quality appliances and features. They have many elaborate amenities like in-home theaters, game rooms, libraries, and much more.

Luxury homes sit on a good-sized property and also have a lot of fantastic outdoor amenities. These amenities can include things like impressive swimming pools, tennis courts, full basketball courts, large grilling areas, and a whole lot more. Luxury homes are often the homes many people only ever dream of owning.

Private community home

A home that you can purchase in a private community can be any number of housing types. It can be a condo, a townhome, a modular home, a stick-built home, or even a luxury home. When a home is in a private community, it means the entire neighborhood is protected by a wall or gate. There is often security at a checkpoint to get into the community, or sometimes you will need to swipe a card or punch in a special code to get inside the community. For visitors, there is an option where they can ring your home, and you can then allow them access through the gate.

The private community offers you protection from things like traffic and troublemakers who would vandalize or steal from your property. Not that crime doesn’t ever happen inside a private community, but it does happen significantly less. Plus, people who are celebrities like private communities because it allows them to have a home where they don’t have to worry about things like a lot of fans pulling up to their home to take pictures, or even trying to knock on the door.

Custom built home

A custom-built home is one that was built for you. You can work with a contractor to get a home that is just what you want. You can choose from a model home and then pick your own materials like the paint, flooring, countertops, cupboards, etc. Or, you can help to design the exact home you want, so you love the floorplan, and it caters to your family in every way.

One of the great things about a custom-built home is that it is all you and your family’s preferences, so the minute you move in, there is nothing about the home you wish were different. Also, this allows your family to be the first one to ever live in the home. Plus, everything in the home will be brand new. In fact, it will still have a fresh smell because there won’t have ever been anyone in the house cooking, spraying perfume, or anything else. Also, you know there were never pets in the home before, and this means no pet odors suddenly appearing up from the padding shortly after your family has moved into the home.

What to think about when choosing the right home for your family


One of the things you need to consider when you are looking for the right home for you and your family is your budget. You need to consider the amount you were approved for when it comes to your home loan, as well as any of your own money you would have to put with that amount.

You also want to consider the amount that you would realistically be able to afford to pay each month on your mortgage. You may have been approved for an amount that would have you paying more each month than you know you would be able to keep up with. This means you want to look for a home that is less than the amount you were approved for.

Future plans

You also want to think about your plans for the future when it comes to your family. If you plan on keeping your family small, then you will be fine with a smaller home in most cases. However, if you have plans to have a large family, then you need to think about this when looking at homes. You should look for one that gives you some room for growth. Or, you may like the idea of looking for a home that you would be able to build onto in the future when your family has become larger.

Family interests or hobbies

Something else that you want to consider before shopping for your family home is whether there are any special interests or hobbies the family is involved in that should be considered. For example, if your family is big on BMX bike riding, then you may want a home that has enough land where you would be able to create your own track. This way, your family can enjoy doing what they love even more and right on your own property.

Another example of how your lifestyle can contribute when it comes to choosing the right home would be if you love fishing and boating. You may be able to find a home you all love that is a lakefront home, meaning you have access to the lake right from your property. You can enjoy fishing from your own yard and get in your boat any time you feel like it.

When it comes to the home itself, you need to make sure it caters to your family. If you have someone in your home who has a physical disability that makes it harder for them to be mobile, then you should look for a single-level home rather than a two-story home. If you do still want a two-story home, then you want to make sure the first level offers everything that person would need downstairs. This includes a bedroom and a full bathroom. You want to make sure on the days when they feel worse, that there will be no need for them to go upstairs at all.

Personal preferences

Determining your preferences and the preferences of your family can take some time. You want to get together and decide on what are the most important features for a home and neighborhood to have, then use those answers to help you decide which type of home would work out the best for the family as a whole.

You want to cover things such as the budget mentioned above, as well as how much land you really want, how close you want your nearest neighbors to be, whether you’d prefer a lot of amenities or plenty of privacy, and even what type of animals you can see your family wanting in the future. If you want horses in the future, you need to purchase a home on a large lot of land in an area that is zoned for them.


When you put the time and effort into picking the best home for you and your family, the chances are much greater that you will love and appreciate your home in all ways for years to come. Also, it will be a home that continues to provide everyone with the space they need and allows for some flexibility as needed throughout the years.

When you purchase a home with the entire family and the future in mind, it is also more likely that this will be the home you will stay in for the rest of your life. If this is something that is important to you, then this will be a big bonus. You may even find that this home ends up being one that will be passed down from one child to the next. This is how people put down roots, and it is often common in homes that have land to them. This can be due to the fact that people know how important a good piece of land is. Plus, when the family has created so many memories for generations in a home, the home itself becomes like a part of the family, and everyone cherishes the home in a special way.