It is a common want/need these days for buyers to desire a downstairs bedroom, either for guests, or the multi-gen groups. It is a need that is likely to grow, just because it will take more of grandma’s money to afford a house!
But it’s not always clear if a house has a downstairs bedroom.
How can you tell? Check the number of bathrooms.
Here is my guide for knowing when a listing includes a downstairs bedroom:
Two Bathrooms – YES. Most likely a one-story house, but if it is clearly a two-story, then it must have at least one bedroom down because you won’t have two bathrooms upstairs, and none down.
Two-and-a-Half Bathrooms – NO. In a two-story house, you need two full bathrooms upstairs for parents and kids. The remaining half-bath will be downstairs, which is not suitable for a bedroom.
Three Bathrooms – YES. There has to be one bathroom downstairs, and if it is a full bath, there’s a reason for it – there is a bedroom down too.
More than Three Bathrooms – YES. You are getting into the luxury homes now, and they will have at least one bedroom downstairs.
Yes, this is only a guide, and there could be exceptions. But if a floor plan doesn’t conform to these guidelines, then it is one funky house (like the split-level). You probably won’t like it anyway!