Bi and tris got a bad name, I'm told, because its a cheaper way to build - you can put more sq ft under a smaller roof for less money. They have fallen out of favor and you hardly ever see a new one. Modern designs call for different floor plans.
I very recently sold a tri-plex on the Plainview / Douglass Hills border. I made a point during my open houses of emphasising the way the entertaining areas are separated so kids and adults can have their own separate spaces, divided by steps / door. More privacy. And other features of tris are great. And here's the thing - the vast majority of people said how much they liked the house and the layout.
Here's how I described it
" Charming 2,600 Sq Ft home is last home in Douglass Hills at Plainview juncture. Unique and cleverly architectured open floor plan with impressive vaulted ceiling and gorgeous yard. Multiple floor to ceiling banks of windows flood home with natural light. 4 Bedrooms, 3 baths. New Roof, new high efficiency HVAC, new hot water heater, all in 2011; freshly painted 2010. Oh, and try to beat this: see our average monthly utility bill in the attachments section! Basement refinished in 2012. Imaginatively planted, lush, private, lovingly cared for gardens and yard create your secluded get-a-way. Hardwood floors in part of home. Great view from master bedroom with convenient attached master bathroom. Shaded deck off first floor overlooks private back yard; Patio off lower level living room leads directly to back yard. Call for appointment today."
We had multiple offers - it was a winner! The only reason we did not get a much better price was because it had no garage and no real way of making one. But considering the lack of garage we got as good a price as anyone else in that neighborhood. And when I arranged the photos, I showed how convenient it was to have the rooms on different levels.
Don't let anyone brow beat you - you have a nice,practical home.
The answer in a word is steps. Many times people choose a ranch to have most of their living space on the first floor. Bi-level homes have the stair case at the entry way making climbing the stairs unavoidable. Sometimes these homes feel dated. They really show 1970. Updating other areas of the home can help. Keep in mind there is a buyer for every home. You were attracted to the home, someone se will be too.
There are however, people that dont like an open floor plan. Some people like task specific spaces. Every buyer is different! Don't shy away from any one floor plan. Some clients may think they do or don't like a certain floor plan. Get them in a few different floor plans in the beginning stages of searching.
If you would like for me to stop by and take a look at your property and offer some staging suggestions, please let me know. I am but a phone call away!
All the best!
"your best friend who happens to be a Realtor"
It allowed us kids to entertain our friends in the lower level family room and not interrupt my Parents up stairs. Well not too often, that is!
If its been well taken care of, and is somewhat updated, they are a fine home to have! Just need to market toward families or singles that want/need a lot of house for the money!
Empty nesters and more mature buyers may not lean toward a home with stairs due to mobility issues, but the rest of the market if marketed right can and will be potential "buyers"!
If you need anything at all or just need some advice on staging or anything at all, please let me know.
All the best to you and best of luck!
Michael Thacker - Realtor