Sunday, January 22, 2017

E-Bikes, small houses and changing real esate

I think small houses, bike paths, and e-bikes will change real estate a bit by altering how valuable little houses are, and close things like beaches, markets, and public transit feel to houses.

If you have an affordable electronic bike that can hold a family and go 20MPH for 20miles with no motorcycle license, you can be "really close to the beach" five blocks away now, maybe more.

Houses along bike paths like the Greenbelt Walkway in Southern Maine's South Portland almost connected to the Eastern Trail, a 60+ mile section of the in of the East Coast Greenway 

Are going to seem more and e-bike like these and value of real estate going up for the kind of folks who ride them. 
Buying "the worst house in the best neighborhood" has been a saying for a while, but now, with so much eco sustainable house technology, it makes more sense than ever!

You want a house you can add to, insulate, solarize, etc. without battling the demons of a 100 year old two story cluster of problems, led paint, etc.

Or, buying land, but starting with a very eco efficient small house and slowly adding. 

Here's an example: The Ferry Village area of South Portland  is very near a great bike path, city, and beaches. And I think in the coming years...nearer.