The market would look at it the same way I they might look at a pool. In most cases it does not add any value. Some buyers would consider it a liability if they felt they had to spend the money to remove, and for someone who really, really wants or needs one...it's a big plus. I would never call it ridiculous, because it functions as a tool, with a specific purpose for anyone who needs an assist. If your parents have mobility problems now, you may find it becomes invaluable in the coming years. You might even come to wonder how you ever did without it.
If it really bothers you, then perhaps it's not the right place for you. As with all homes, you should approach the value relative to your use, and make the offer based on what makes financial sense for your family. If you can't make the deal you want, move on and leave the elevator house for someone who can put it to good use. Good luck!
It's really a choice you have to make..one of these days you might appreciate the elevator and its convenience. :)
But if you're dead set on getting rid of it, why not advertise it for sale. Surely there are a lot of buyers who would want to have something like this, but can't afford a brand new one.
You can make it the buyer's responsibility to pay for the removal. You can even offer it for free if they would pay to get it out.
Try craigslist or Freecycle.
The only downside, as with any additional feature (such as spas, saunas, etc) is maintenance.
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