The best way to explain a split foyer, sometimes known as a split level home, is to say that when you enter the home through the front entrance, you’ll need to make a decision whether to go up some stairs, (usually 6 or 7), to get to the main living area or down the same number of stairs to the lower level. (See photo below with the view from the living / dining area to the main entryway).
There are a lot of split foyer style homes in the Iowa City area. The heart of Coralville is an excellent example of that with an abundance of zero lots that are also split foyer style homes. Typically they have attached garages. If you enter the home through the garage, you’ll need to take both sets of stairs up to the main living area. The main living area typically has a kitchen, living room, bedrooms and at least one bathroom. The lower level is typically where you’ll find the family room, probably another bedroom, bathroom and laundry room / closet.
Split foyer homes are very popular with young people who don’t care about taking a few stairs every time they want to do something. They’re less of an option for anyone who doesn’t want to schlep groceries up two sets of stairs to get to the kitchen and run down the same two sets of stairs to do laundry. Obviously they’re also not an option for anyone with physical challenges who is unable to deal with stairs at all.
When you’re buying a home in Iowa City it’s important to factor in all the things that may affect your quality of life down the road. The style of home you buy is every bit as important as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and general layout. I know, I just gave you something else to think about when you’re buying a home and you already have so much on your mind! That is exactly why you get yourself a buyer’s agent to help you through the process. A (good) buyer’s agent will keep an eye on the bigger picture and help you stay on track during the home buying process.
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