Toll Brothers CEO on How COVID-19 Has Changed Housing

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The housing market is one of the starkest examples of the disparate impacts of the pandemic on America’s citizens. In August, the Aspen Institute released a report that estimated 30 million to 40 million Americans were at risk of eviction in coming months “in the absence of robust and swift intervention.” Yet overall, the housing market is booming as affluent, dual-income households take advantage of historically low interest rates (2.85% for a 30-year fixed-rate loan) and newfound flexibility to work from home—and perhaps move into spacious new homes with easy access to the outdoors.

At Toll Brothers, one of the nation’s largest home builders, demand has been surging since May.

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Toll Brothers’ kitchen wins Silver Nugget Award

Harmonization is achieved when there is a balance between the elements. The award-winning Toll Brothers kitchen reflects this melody of symmetry through the use of natural materials and textures.

Designed by Savannah Design Group in Escondido, California, the Mesa Ridge Overlook Collection Sandstone model is the recipient of the Silver Nugget for Model Home Kitchen-Single Family Production Home, sales price $750,001 to $1 million category.

“An essential part of this modern age is to feel connected to and balanced with our surroundings,” Savannah Design Group founding principal Michele Coseo said in an email. “The Sandstone kitchen is a reflection of this balance achieved.”

The distinct, 320-square-foot model kitchen is defined by its unique symmetrical architectural elements and color palette.

“The earthy palette is a ‘crowd-pleaser,’ allowing the subtle tones to mingle together naturally,” Coseo said. “There are color variations of wood tones, textures and metals. This fluid connection of varying

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