No backyard and inverted property - big issues?

New qmfN01
Feb 10 14 Comments

My spouse and I are looking at a property in San Carlos on the hills. We really like it. However, our realtor says because it's an inverted layout (need to go downstairs for the bedrooms) and there's no usable backyard (very slopes) then there will limited appreciation. We don't have kids yet so I'm curious how much of an issue the layout and backyard is for folks. Haven't been able to find anything definitive online.

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  • Amazon JSnowflake
    I lived in the area up there for years, right next to San Carlos hills, but had a modest usable backyard carved out of the hill. No usable yard is definitely going to be an issue with resale. It is beautiful up there, but the market for a property in the hills that feels like an apartment carved into the hillside will be limited. I had an inverse floorplan as well and hated it because upstairs (living space) was hot as hell in summer daytime with inadequate AC - nearly unlivable upstairs for 3-4 months of the year. If cooling is adequate, then get used to hauling groceries up several flights of stairs and garbage down flights of stairs. Hillside living is a lot more work than living in the flats, and you will deal with winter rain runoff, rodents and wildlife issues (we had yellow jacket nests a few times). Also, trips to the grocery store and simple errands are much more time consuming. This is the price you pay for the privacy of living in the hills. But if you love it, go for it - do suggest finding a house with some yard space though.
    Feb 10 1
    • New qmfN01
      OP
      Never thought of the heat issue, good point. Thanks, we really appreciate your pov. We've decided to pass on this property
      Feb 12
  • Activision Blizzard others
    Is this a leetcode question?
    Feb 10 0
  • Amazon jdadxfwd
    Bedrooms downstairs will hear every footstep upstairs. If anyone is walking around upstairs, the people in the bedrooms will not be able to sleep.
    Feb 10 0
  • Walmart.com ToKL28
    Backyard is a big deal if you have kids. That's the whole point of going into slavery and selling kidneys to pay that mortgage. Yet. San Carlos has good schools, so parents will be ready to sacrifice everything for that.
    Feb 10 1
    • New qmfN01
      OP
      Thanks, really appreciate your pov. We've decided to pass on this property
      Feb 12
  • New qmfN01
    OP
    Update - we really appreciated all of the comments and yes we are going to pass on the house since the resale is going to be a pain, and appreciation will be capped. Thanks for the perspectives. We're learning a lot through this process!
    Feb 12 0
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    No backyard is a pretty important issue.
    Feb 11 0
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    From property appreciation point of view which I think is the main issue- its gonna be a big deal. You might want to look for something else even though you don’t have kids yet.
    Feb 10 0
  • I don’t think op is considering the house any more. Weekend’s gone, new open houses next weekend. He or she posted and never replied to anyone on the thread.
    Feb 11 1
    • New qmfN01
      OP
      Just posted an update
      Feb 12
  • Amazon Sgf
    Unless it’s Downtown, usually people move far away from a town center because they want a backyard so it’s harder to sell later.
    Feb 10 0
  • Facebook public2
    Definately less deseribale but if you like it make a low offer and see what happens?
    Feb 10 0
  • How much is it for?
    Feb 10 0