The Running Realtor: Fitness for the McMansion

A blend of ramblings about Real Estate & Running around New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline

Fitness for the McMansion

During the last decade as mortgage rates dropped to historic lows and housing prices climbed the new construction in the Connecticut Shoreline towns have mainly been McMansions.   Many of these homes include a large bonus room above the 3-car garage that is typically sparsely furnished or cluttered with an abundance of  toys.

As the aging Baby Boomer's re-evaluate their housing need the Home Fitness Room is becoming increasingly popular.  According to the American Institute of Architects Home Design Trends Survey the Exercise Room has moved into third position as desirable amenities in a home.  The Number One feature on the list of specialty rooms is a Home Office and in second place the Media/Theater Room.

As the children age and you are looking for ideas to transform the newly found space in your home designing a personal fitness room may be a good solution for your health as well as your resale value.

Downsizing is also an option,  Contact Dan Cummings "The Running Real Estate Agent" to further discuss the housing market.


Comment balloon 12 commentsNo Longer Active • July 14 2007 07:18AM


Very good idea! The McMansion part of the market has had a big drop in demand in MN. There are going to be awesome opportunities for buyers in this segment all over...Having a plan for that additional space is essential. Good idea and information Dan!
Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 13 years ago
Teri... We have the same slow down in that segment here also.  Since many of these homes were purchased at the hight of the market the owners may be holding on to them longer than anticipated.
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) almost 13 years ago


Really great post!!!! Not your usual writing. Must be that new attitude you keep telling me about : )


Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) almost 13 years ago
I love this idea!!  It's true...everyone needs "a room" now for their home gyms.  McMansion...I'll have to use that phrase next time i'm out!!  VERY COOL!
Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) almost 13 years ago

Dan, I had not thought about this before reading your Post, but you are right, more and more of the Open Houses that I stop at, especially the larger ones, there is dedicated space as a fitness area.

Sandra, you crack me up........LOL 

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 13 years ago
I see exercise equipment in just about every home. Some people use it others unfortunately don't. You see alot of garage sales featuring equipment barely used. The late night exercise equipment infomercials are really good at getting you to buy.  The thing is that it's as I like to say, exercise is 25% perspiration and 75% determination.
Posted by Armando Rodriguez, Orlando Homes 4 Sale, Real Estate Broker-GRI (QUEST REALTY SERVICES) almost 13 years ago

Dan - I find it odd how much we put into media equipment and rooms in our homes... no wonder obesity is such a growing issue in America

Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) almost 13 years ago
Dan-  you're right about that bonus room often being sparsely funished or cluttered with a mess of different things.  I was just noticing yesterday while showing a bunch of homes that none of them are really done WELL, as in designating the space to a specific purpose. 
Posted by Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor (Chico Homes Real Estate) almost 13 years ago


Everyone needs a fitness room! That space( bonus room )above the garage is a perfect place, love it! :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) almost 13 years ago

Wish we had room to have a major work-out space!! Maybe it's time to up-size instead!  Thanks Dan.

BTW - mine are 10, 15, and 20....I am all of those combined and if I don't stop blogging and start jogging, I may need to hire you as my personal athletic assistant!!  LOL! SERIOUSLY!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 13 years ago

Good idea. I hate McMansions on priciple but this is a great suggestion. I like the idea of downsizing and joining fitness club or walking more but that is not going to be attractive to everyone and these homes already exist so using the space for something constructive is. a good option.

Thanks for this post

Posted by Deb Hurt, ABR, e-Pro,Green, TRC (Realty Pro Albuquerque) almost 13 years ago
A fitness room only works, if you work out in it.  We have lots of equipment and I would still rather work out outside.  But there are days when it just isn't possible and then I come in.
Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) almost 13 years ago

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