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Getting a tub over a shower, which I presume would be in the master bathroom, will preserve the tub whilst still giving you the option of two separate showers.
Two Things to Remember in this Work:
1. If this is a CONDOMINIUM complex (remember, "townhouse" only tells me the architectural "style" and NOT the legal form of ownership), you will need the homeowner's association architectural approval BEFORE making the changes to the bathroom. If the HOA says "no", you won't be able to do it. If you're in transaction to buy, you might want to check this out with the HOA before closing escrow in case it changes your mind about the home. Talk to your agent FIRST. If this is a home in a planned development, architectural approval might not be required, but check the CC&Rs first.
2. Get permits. Obtaining the proper City permits to make the changes so that the added shower in the second bathroom is inspected and approved will be recorded in the Assessor's offices and will show your home to be "2 full baths" on county records rather than "1.5 baths."
Good luck...talk to your agent.
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I don't think I've ever had an open house visitor express that they wish a bath with a tub had a shower instead. However there are buyers who would be fine if there were no bathtubs. Elderly people often prefer a shower that is large enough that they can have a chair in the shower to sit on. Young, generally single people often prefer being able to take a quick shower than to soak in a tub and probably often don't see their first home as one they will keep long.
If space is a problem you could try for one of the short deep tubs but I do recommend that you have a tub if you expect to sell your home within a few years. If you keep your home a long time, when you sell it the buyers may want to remodel anyway so the value of the tub would be reduced but it would still have value.
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Are you planning on living in the property awhile? The reason I ask is if you are and you have no desire or use for a tub, you should have the home that best suits your needs so go tubIess; and, if your shower area is large enough to accommodate a standard tub it shouldn't be too costly to switch it later if you have to.
Re: your shower, I would recommend that you have one with a built in seat otherwise it is a major pain when trying to shave your legs.
You are obviously a buyer without small children. I say that only because, as a parent, a bathtub is essential if you have small or younger, school aged children in the family. Without a tub, you drastically reduce the number of potential buyers for your home, which will definitely affect the length of time that the home is on market and can negatively affect the future resale value of your home.
So, no, from purely a "usage" point of view, I would not recommend removal of a tub from the bathrooms. At least one bathroom should have a tub. Also peak with your gent, he/she should have valuable insight regarding remodeling.