One-Half and 3/4 Baths, So Why Not 1/2 and 3/4 Kitchens?

Home Buyers (and their agents) recognize that there are gradations in Bathrooms.

So, on MLS, Bathrooms range from 1/4 (just a toilet) to “Full” (toilet, sink, shower, tub).

frations2Searching for a home with a bona fide second unit (futilely, so far), it seems like something similar is needed to distinguish amongst the various types of Kitchens found in so-called mother-in-law apartments.

Now:  All or Nothing

In that vein, here is my proposed lexicon:

1/4 Kitchen:  water source and sink (basically, a “wet bar”).

1/2 Kitchen:  same as 1/4, plus oven and cooktop.

3/4 Kitchen: same as 1/2, plus full fridge.

Full:  same as 3/4, plus dishwasher.

Obviously, Buyers can make modifications as needed.

And knowing whether a 2nd Kitchen is partial or full tells you nothing about its quality.

But . . it’s better than not having that info at all.

Whaddya say, MLS??

See also, “3rd Floor Mother-in-Law Units (& Other Oxymorons)”; “Partial Bathroom“; “Real Estate Riddle:  When is .25 a Big Deal?”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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