Maybe They’re Counting Four Stairs

I’ve seen homes with as much as 3,000 finished square feet in the lower level — “basement” to non-Realtors (it was a very big house).

measureAnd I’ve seen homes with no finished square feet in the lower level (typical of 19th century homes that have limestone foundations and only partial basements with low overhead).

But, until last weekend doing showings with a Buyer near Minneapolis’ Lake Nokomis, I’d never encountered a home with 16 finished square feet in the lower level.

Leading Theories

Not 15′ or 17′ FSF, mind you, but exactly 16.’

The (kind of) explanation?

The rear of the home has a small landing between the Kitchen and back door that’s about 5′ x 3.’

Personally, I would’ve just tacked that on to the main level.

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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