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Old 04-15-2012, 10:20 AM
 
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I recently came cross some houses with non traditional floor plan. For example, one house has split entry with inverted floor plan ( or called upside down floor plan). The bedrooms are in the 1st floor area. The Kitchen and living room are in the second floor. I am wondering whether a house with this floor plan is harder to rent out or resale. Thanks for your feedback.

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Old 04-15-2012, 11:09 AM
 
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My guess would be yes, but it may depend on the property. If it is really nice, a renter might go for it, but if is average, there are too many other choices for them. A buyer not so much. Remember, who wants to come home with bags and bags of groceries only to have to clime up a flight of stairs to unload.

Maybe young kids are willing to do this in a condo, but purchasing a house like this I think would make a difficult sale. This is only my opinion as a home owner and investor for many years. I am not a realtor. Hopefully some realtors will chime in with their opinions.

Correction: I just re-read your post. When you say a split entry-can you qualify it? Is it like a split level where you come in and you can walk up to the living area or walk down to the bedroom area? Is the entry to the house on the bottom floor or the upper floor?
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:27 AM
 
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I'd say an upside-down house will exclude some with accessibility issues, or with convenience issues, but same goes for two story homes to a lesser extent. However, any price negative could be offset and more by factors that drove the design. For example, you see these in hilly neighborhoods that have good views, or near the ocean. Also less likeky to be a tract neighbborhood, unless built in a flood plain.

I do live in said type of house, on a hill. We do have two main bedrooms on the upper living floor, but yes do have to haul groceries and a baby up the stairs from the garage.
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:10 PM
 
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Correction: I just re-read your post. When you say a split entry-can you qualify it? Is it like a split level where you come in and you can walk up to the living area or walk down to the bedroom area? Is the entry to the house on the bottom floor or the upper floor?
Thank you so much for your reply.
Yes, the entry is at mid-point. You walk up a few stairs to the living area and walk down a few stairs to the bedroom area.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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A friend of mine had a house like that and it was a pain. Everything was always upstairs. And bringing in groceries was no fun either.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:20 PM
 
Location: The Valley of the Sun
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Thank you so much for your reply.
Yes, the entry is at mid-point. You walk up a few stairs to the living area and walk down a few stairs to the bedroom area.
We call that a spilt foyer here, and they are pretty common. My aunt and uncle lived in one when I was a kid an I thought it was a cool house. I'd like it!
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:47 PM
 
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We have that type. I have gorgeous views of the mountains from the kitchen, dining room and deck! I love it!
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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Ive been looking for rental houses in the SW area, and some have had the split foyer. I would rent one if the price is decent.
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:21 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Thank you so much for your reply.
Yes, the entry is at mid-point. You walk up a few stairs to the living area and walk down a few stairs to the bedroom area.
We call that one a tri-level. I would never buy a house like that because you have to go up or down stairs to get anywhere. That's not a problem until you hurt your knee or break a foot or get old. Then it becomes a monumental issue.

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Old 04-15-2012, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Here and there, you decide.
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We call that a spilt foyer here, and they are pretty common. My aunt and uncle lived in one when I was a kid an I thought it was a cool house. I'd like it!
no its not a split foyer.. we had those in ohio... it is a tri level as a previous poster mentioned.
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