If McMansions are on a comeback, one observer in New Jersey suggests the state’s new McMansions tend to be built to certain places:
The National Home Builders Association survey found growing interest in them, but Rutgers trend watcher James Hughes says not in New Jersey – with a few exceptions.
“In well-placed communities with rail access to New York city, some McMansions are being added.”
He says a large baby boom generation may be vacating their McMansion, but the pool of buyers for them is shrinking.
Hughes is hinting at a few things that influence McMansion placement:
1. Places connected to New York City by train may be likely to have more money, tied to their jobs in the city. These communities may be desirable because they offer options to driving as well as the possibility of more established suburbs.
2. Younger generations aren’t as interested in McMansions so there is less demand for such homes.
These may be actual reasons but the first one is also a bit paradoxical. New Urbanists as well as those interested in transit-oriented development have tended to emphasize that suburbs with mass transit nodes can be home to denser housing. What happens if McMansions and other big housing options come to dominate such suburbs and end up pricing out many suburbanites?