So you would like to know why the public records don't count the 1/2 bath. I was just at a house this afternoon and they have a 1/2 bath counted as a full. It's either a matter of luck or a matter of building permits. The first one , I can't help you with; the second one, I suggest that you go to the site http://www.LABDS.org and clarify the situation with the permits and records.
Muriel Levin. Realtor Coldwell Banker Hancock Park
Agence Immobiliere sur Los Angeles en Californie
DRE certified Short Sale and REO
I would check with title and go to the city and see if there are copies of permits for the extra 1/2 bath. Sometimes half baths don't appear on public records but they are on title or on file with the city. It can make a difference on the appraisal and will help reassure buyers that it was done with permits.
If the half bath is not permitted, now might be the time to go to the city to apply for a permit. Hope this helps.
Let me know if you have any other questions. I have 2 clients/friends of mine that are leasing a place in Hancock Park over the next several months but will be looking in the Cheviot Hills area for 3 bedrooms or more and over 2,000 square foot home to buy in the $1.5M range and under shortly. If your property fits this description It would be great to hear more about it if you are thinking about selling.
Keller Williams Realty