Learning to Love (OK, Like) Split-Level’s
What’s so great about opening the front door of a home and finding yourself standing in the middle of the Living Room?
Or maybe the Kitchen?
That’s been my experience in any number of newer, upper bracket homes ” homes that supposedly boast the latest and greatest of everything, and reflect the hottest trends.
By contrast, no one seems to want a Split-Level.
The floor plan strikes some as awkward.
The curb appeal can be underwhelming.
Plus, there’s no grand entry.
On the contrary, if the Split-Level is also a Split-Entry . . . . you have to decide whether to go up . . . or down!
Advice to Home Buyers
What Split-Level’s lack in sex appeal, they often make up in functionality.
And price (as in value).
And construction quality: the majority of the Split-Levels in the Twin Cities were built in the 50’s and ’60’s ” a golden era for home construction quality if there ever was one.
Which is another reason to love (OK, like) them: great location, in inner-ring suburbs close to the city, often set on a roomy lot with a spacious backyard.
Functional Floor Plan
Finally, that floor plan many Buyers turn their noses up at has some redeeming virtues.
Like, the lower level in many split-levels is a walkout, or at least has lookout windows.
Which means no dark, basement-y feel.
So, here’s my advice to prospective Home Buyers:
Get over yourselves.
Curb appeal, which is over-rated anyways, is for the neighbors.
See also, “An Ode to the ’50’s Rambler.“