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Maisonettes - more desireable / worth more than a flat???
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Old 08-07-2011, 7:32 PM
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In general are maisonettes more desireable or worth more than a flat? I'm trying to see what a rough value for a property might be. I've looked on rightmove for the area the property is in but there are no maisonettes for sale, only flats. Have also looked on nethouseprices and the only recent sale was this property back in 2003 (148,000 back then).

It's basically a block of 4 properties, one shared main front door with 2 x downstairs one bedroom flats and the stairs leading to 2 x two bed maisonettes. It's purpose built and looks like an attractive large house from the outside. The property has an en suite, a garage & driveway and also a garden (albeit as it is first floor you obviously can't get to the garden without going out the front door and round).

Does anyone know what sort of value being a maisonette over a flat would add (if any) and also whether the garage and the garden are likely to add much value?

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Old 08-07-2011, 7:36 PM
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Maisonette is a flat, but you get your own entrance. I don't think own entrance adds more value, but the garden and garage adds value and it's probably priced accordingly. So on rightmove/land registry no such thing as maisonette, only flats or houses.
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Btw, it's not a maisonette if you have to share the main entrance!
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Old 08-07-2011, 7:40 PM
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Aah, maybe this isn't classed as a maisonette then as it shares an entrance with three other properties. I called it a maisonette as it's over two levels ie there's an upstairs and a downstairs
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Aah, maybe this isn't classed as a maisonette then as it shares an entrance with three other properties. I called it a maisonette as it's over two levels ie there's an upstairs and a downstairs
No it's a split level flat then. Some people like them, some don't. Some people think it feels more like a house to have two levels, while some prefer the all on one level. So, no real value in being a split level flat more than one level flat of similar sq ft that also has a garden and a garage.
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Old 08-07-2011, 7:52 PM
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Value is really influenced by area, no of rooms,total sq footage and especially for a flat, if there is a dedicated parking bay (as it makes it more desirable and servicable to those who have a car).

If its apples for apples, then as already stated, its really down to preference - a split level in my opinion would be more desirable than a traditional flat, but thats because it would suit me and my requirements ......

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Value is really influenced by area, no of rooms,total sq footage and especially for a flat, if there is a dedicated parking bay (as it makes it more desirable and servicable to those who have a car).

If its apples for apples, then as already stated, its really down to preference - a split level in my opinion would be more desirable than a traditional flat, but thats because it would suit me and my requirements ......

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True, parking does make the difference too.
I prefer one level, not too keen on losing sq on stairs.... ok not too keen on hoovering the stairs!
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I know it doesn't effect OP in this instance, but I do think in general that having your own street level entrance is a plus feature for a property especially if it's ex-council - so you're not sharing any possibly undesirable communal areas.

But if we're talking split level versus one floor flats then I don't think there's much in it as others have said. My OH is from Scandinavia and even thinks it's strange that houses in the UK are usually on more than one level - it's all down to taste.
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My OH is from Scandinavia and even thinks it's strange that houses in the UK are usually on more than one level - it's all down to taste.
He's obviously not spotted the fact that the UK is far more densely populated than Scandinavia! If we all lived in one-storey homes, there would be no countryside left.
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