Each time I begin showing a downtown Boston condo to prospective buyers, I’m reminded of the uniqueness and variety of layouts for buyers to consider when searching for the perfect home. When your condo search begins, you should always create a list of desired features and amenities. But don’t forget the condo’s layout and the type of layout you need in order to live comfortably. Ask yourself:
- Do I want a closed kitchen or one that opens up to the rest of the living space?
- Is a condo with one level a good fit for my lifestyle or can a multi-level unit work?
- Is outdoor space adjacent to the living area preferred over a patio or terrace off of the master bedroom?
- Is it important to have all the bedrooms near each other or to have the master bedroom separated for privacy?
- Do I need a distinct dining room or will a dining area within the living area work?
- For a one-bedroom condo, would it be acceptable for the bathroom to be en-suite or outside of the bedroom so guests can use it without entering the bedroom?
If you see a condo but the layout isn’t quite what you had in mind, you may be able to reconfigure the space to better suit your lifestyle needs. Having seen countless layouts, I can suggest possible changes and direct you to designers, architects or remodelers, who can help you determine what changes are possible – from simple to complex – that will allow you make the space work best for you. For example, you might open up the kitchen by adding a pass through or rearrange a portion of the kitchen cabinets to make the layout seem more open. You might add interior French doors to make better use of an over-sized living room or to have the option to close off space for occasional privacy.
Yet, without even without getting into construction, there are plenty of ways to make your layout serve multiple needs by leveraging your floor plan and the furnishings within it. It may take some thinking outside the box. When visiting properties with clients, if the layout isn’t quite right, I suggest alternatives to consider as they assess the property.
When buying a condo in downtown Boston, it is important to remember that your list of space essentials will likely evolve during the search process as you become more familiar with of the breadth of condo layouts available. Feel free to use all the tips on my blog and website to guide your search, and call on my strategy and insight to help you make an informed decision.