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Crahal, Home Buyer in North Andover, MA

Can't find a 3 bedroom condo in the area I want. Is it possible to turn a 2 bedroom condo into 3 by dividing the rooms?

Asked by Crahal, North Andover, MA Fri Sep 7, 2012

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Siga Snipas’ answer
You should definitely review condo docs before making a purchase decision based on the assumption that you could add a bedroom by dividing two rooms.

What areas/town are you looking in? Are you working with a buyers agent? A good buyers agent should help you locate/identify good 'off market' properties and other towns/areas to consider as well. Please call or e-mail me to discuss if you would like more information on how I might be able to help you with this.

Good luck with your search!

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 9, 2012
Changing the interior of a condo is more of a legal question for the town building department, the condo association rules/regulations, and the like. If you have the answers - preferably in writing - then you can start the permit process and get your contractor working.


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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 10, 2012
Hello,
I live here in North Andover and spend a great deal of time viewing the available inventory.

There are 22 condos in town active at the moment with 3 bedrooms ranging from $147,000 into the high $700's.

Are you interested in a specific development and perhaps you mean there aren't any available within the development ?

The majority of 2 bedroom condos in town are garden style. Depending on your price point the rooms typically would not lend themselves to splitting one into two. Some homeowners have converted two bedroom units at Village Green and Andrew circle into three bedroom units by finishing the lower levels. Perhaps a townhouse with a finishable basement would be an option for you?
Millpond townhomes have varying floorplans and often times two bedroom units have either a finished lower level with sliders or a bonus loft area that many use comfortably as a third bedroom.

I have seen units where people have converted 2 bedrooms into three bedrooms at Meadowview in town and at Village Green.

If you a certain location in mind feel free to let me know which development and I can ask around to see if any are going to be coming on the market.

Best of luck with your search!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 9, 2012
In addition please feel free to search for condos currently on the market in andover here:

http://www.beangroup.net/Search/?frm=agt&aid=775262
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 9, 2012
Which area are you looking at? there are some in North Andover but you can also look in a different area but if this is not a possibility for you you will need to check the condo docs to see if you could add another bedroom. Normally it is possible to do it from your 4 walls in but definitely check and make sure before you buy. Have your buyers agent assist you with this. info@wenrealty.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 8, 2012
it would have to do with the condo docs, and local building codes.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 8, 2012
Yes, maybe.

Almost every HOA has a rule regarding renovation. Usually, a job over a certain dollar amount needs to have plans signed off by an architect and approved by the HOA, the work has to be done by licensed and bonded contractors, and meet current building code requirements.

All the best,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 7, 2012
With some floor plans, it is possible to create a bedroom out of either a living room or a dining room by closing off the wall in between, moving a doorway if necessar, and building a closet. Consult with an architect before you do this, as - when not done properly - the condo will be difficult to re-sell later.
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