Walkout Homes — and Condo Buildings
By convention, the floors in high-rise buildings generally start at “one.”
So, the first floor (main level) is #1, the floor above it #2, and so on.
Ahh, but what if the building has two underground parking levels, both of which are above grade in back because the building sits on a downward sloping lot? (what Realtors call a “walkout”).
That not-so-hypothetical scenario describes a Lilydale condo building where I’m currently listing a unit.
So, instead of calling the garage levels “G1” and “G2” (or the equivalent), they’re labeled “Floor #1” and “Floor #2” — which makes the main level of the building “Floor #3.”
That confusing state of affairs caused at least a few prospective Buyers to assume, quite reasonably, that my client’s main level unit (#308) was actually on the third floor — and to pass when they discovered otherwise.
The unit quickly found a Buyer who loved the condo’s corner location, space, and floor plan; it’s now “Pending,” and closes in late July (it didn’t exactly hurt that the sloping lot the building sits on overlooks the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, with a gorgeous view of same).