More and more, younger generations are motivated to buy a home and start a family. According to Rocket Mortgage, 72% of Gen Z homebuyers plan to purchase a home in under six years. While these young adults may be ready for homeownership, they aren’t settling for just any home on the market. Instead, they’re searching for homes that meet their needs and check off items on their must-have list. 

Segal & Morel is a trusted home builder in the Lehigh Valley area with 50 years of experience in custom building and home additions. Here, we detail the top new home features sought by younger adults.


In the world of real estate, location is everything, which is why it plays such a significant role in young adults’ choice of a home. Many younger adults prefer homes that offer a sense of community. Finding the right neighborhood is just as important as finding the right home itself. While some younger adults are attracted to the bright lights and allure of city culture, those wishing to begin a family are opting for the space of suburban communities.

Updated Home Features

How a home is laid out dictates how it functions. Potential homebuyers pay attention to this and want their new home to include certain features, such as:

Dedicated Laundry Space

Whether they’re buying their first home or moving into a bigger space, young adults often want to say goodbye to shared laundry spaces and have their own laundry rooms. They want laundry to be located in a convenient place that’s separated from other busy areas of the home.

Spacious and Updated Kitchen

Even though the kitchen is where home-cooked meals are prepared, many younger adults want their kitchens to double as entertainment spaces, as well. That means finding a layout that features a large enough kitchen that enables several people to gather. Younger adults also want their kitchens to have upgraded amenities and appliances.

Room for a Home Office

More and more, individuals are working from home, especially those of the younger generations. Because of this, they need homes that have enough room for dedicated office spaces to conduct business. Instead of using another room as an office, like the kitchen or living room, young adults want the privacy necessary to concentrate on their work and conduct phone or video calls.

Green Home

Most young adults grew up with environmental issues being at the forefront of debates. Because of this, many of them want to do their part and are seeking energy-efficient, green homes.

Things to Do Outdoors

Younger adults tend to be very active. They enjoy gathering outdoors and want outdoor space nearby to utilize at their convenience. Selecting a home that’s close to parks, event spaces, and other outdoor activities is often an important factor in the home selection process.

Move-In Ready

For some younger adults, buying a home and fixing it up themselves is a dream. However, the majority of potential homebuyers want a home they can move right into and not have to worry about making repairs. That’s why finding a new construction home is at the top of the list for many new homebuyers.

New Home Construction from a Trusted Builder

Since 1960, Segal & Morel has been developing and constructing exceptional homes that meet the specific needs of our clients. We offer quick delivery of homes that meet Energy Star standards and include many of the new home features younger adults want. We offer a variety of floor plans, including some with versatile flex spaces.

Riverview Estates West offers residents a great sense of community and provides several other advantages, including a clubhouse with premium amenities. Those wishing to learn more about new construction homes in the Lehigh Valley area and other offerings should contact us today at Segal & Morel. Our team is happy to answer any questions you might have.