Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Fun Facts

For those interested in conserving and preserving the unique character of older Raleigh

Number of homes in housing stock that are Pre-1945: 8%

Number of demolitions (homes and buildings) in the last 5 years: 600

Percentage increase in demolition permits issued this year over last in Triangle: 75%

Construction and demolition debris as percent of solid waste in Wake landfill: 35%
(exclusive of road and bridge debris)

Percentage of methane emissions that come from the landfills: 34%

Power of methane over carbon dioxide to trap heat in atmosphere: 20 times

Number of energy years used to construct a new home: 50

Average number of square feet in new single family home, 1973: 1525
Average number of square feet in new single family home, 2006: 2248

Average number of people per household, 1973: 3
Average number of people per household, 2006: 2.6

Fastest growing segment of household size: 1-2 people

Unofficial observations:

Average number of square feet in new single family home built to replace a teardown in Raleigh: the sky is the limit ... but informal research would point toward 4000 to 5000 feet.

Average price differential between teardown purchase price and new house built on old lot: 2.5-3x

Number of Million Dollar speculative homes still for sale near or on Anderson Drive: 6

Number of Million Dollar speculative homes sold near or on Anderson Drive this year: 2

Number of Million Dollar homes being built by private owner near or on Anderson Drive currently: 2

Number of $500K empty lots for sale near or on Anderson Drive: 2 out of 2 with signs, 1 mystery.

Where we are in the national trend toward rebuilding older neighborhoods: at the beginning of an upward trend.

2 comments:

hoopla said...

I'd like to know the percentage of houses larger than 3,000 square feet within 3 miles of Glenwood/St. Mary's.

Should people who want a nice-sized house move to the edge of town and contribute to sprawl?

Fallonia Parker said...

You may be interested in some of the posts in June, and particularly this one on the the history of the area. http://overthetop-insidethebeltline.blogspot.com/2007/06/history-lesson.html.