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Old 06-26-2009, 11:02 PM
 
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I have a question about re-sell value. I am looking at houses that's in the same neighborhood with about the same price tag. One of the house has a nice lake view at the back and a gate from the yard to access the green belt next to the lake, another one with a media room that is about 600 square feet more. So which one would have a better re-sell?

Thanks for any info.
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Old 06-27-2009, 06:55 AM
 
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As someone who is currently trying to sell their house that has a media room, I would say the lakeview.

I say this because I live in a "supposedly" awesome floorplan - a 1.5 story, with all bedrooms down stairs, but 1/2 bath, large game room and large separate media room upstairs. It's a true media room in that it has no windows, and we put in the theater lights, etc.

Because this is a 1.5 story, it has a larger footprint than a 2 story. So while we have gotten GREAT responses to the house, the floorplan, the layout of the house, etc. People tend to think the back yard is too small. It's a 8100sqft lot. It's decent, not huge.

So as long as the house flow is good on the house with the greenbelt access, that would probably be your better resale value. I know that media rooms are "in". We have one. We don't use it. Our large tv/couch sits in the gameroom (long story). But in our new house we do have a gameroom which we are setting up as a media room. So if that option is available in the greenbelt house, then I would say that is a win win house.

Not that the other is bad resale either though. Just all depends in what the buyer wants at the time.
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Old 06-27-2009, 07:20 AM
 
Location: The house on the hill
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The Lake View for sure! It's all about location and views.
We have a media room and we never use it. We are more comfortable hanging out in the great room. I would gladly give up our media for a view of a lake.
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Old 06-27-2009, 07:35 AM
 
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I don't know. It would be toss up. Since we have small children I would be very weary of purchasing a home with access to water. As for the media room if you are into that kind of thing and depending on the size of the house and the price tag it could be a let down if the home does not have a media room. That would also depend on its age. Newer homes are expected to have a media room it seems if they are on the larger side.
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Old 06-27-2009, 07:39 AM
 
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Default Lake View

Media rooms are overrated. Sure, they are cool, but the novelty wears off soon, and it becomes an isolated prison where you 'have' to watch movies. I'd rather have a great room, or large room with a view where extra attention is paid to the sound system to acheive the effect of a media room to the extent possible.
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Lake view, for sure!
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Bellaire)
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Personally I love my media room but I wouldn't mind having a lake view either.
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:28 AM
 
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A lake view in my humble opinion is not of any value unless you have a true lake, with a decent amount of privacy. Lake lots that I have seen, seem to be pleasing on the eyes but don't provide enough privacy from other neighbors or enough backyard space to truly enjoy the lake. In addition, if you can't swim or boat in it, is it really a lake? I would rather a media room and private back yard any day.
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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Media Rooms are a fad and will be very "turn of the century" within 10 years.
Lakeviews in Houston usually means it's a pond unless you're in Clear Lake. The snakes, mosquitos and stagnant water and people walking behind your iron fence and looking in your yard, are a drawback as well.
I'd go for which ever one has the most trees and has the best location in the community. Trees help keep the power bills down big time.Not to mention they help with privacy, which lacks in most if not all the new communities in the Houston area.
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Old 06-27-2009, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Lake Conroe, Tx
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Media Rooms are a fad and will be very "turn of the century" within 10 years.
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Lakeviews in Houston usually means it's a pond unless you're in Clear Lake. The snakes, mosquitos and stagnant water and people walking behind your iron fence and looking in your yard, are a drawback as well.


Exactly right; it really depends on what kind of lake view you have as to which would be more desirable. If you've got a small retention pond behind the house as a lot of the neighborhoods do, I would take the media room for the above referenced points made.

If on the other hand you have a nice view of something like Lake Conroe, Lake Houston, Clear Lake etc... then obviously the lake will win everytime. Up in Lake Conroe if you have two identical homes, with one being on the lake, and the other one across the street from the lake, the lake house will be worth at least twice as much everytime, media room or no media room.
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