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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

It depends on the buyer. Whenever there are knee or mobility issues (which can happen at any age) they want the master on the 1st floor. I've also had buyers ask for a bedroom down to accomodate older family and friends who visit.

May 12, 2015 01:00 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Yes. My younger clients want to be near the kids and the ones with teenagers want to be away from them and the older clients want the bedroom on the main floor.

May 12, 2015 12:55 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Some, but we don't think age has that great of an effect, unless there are mobility issues.

May 13, 2015 12:23 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

those who have young children do not want a first floor bedroom.... as the teenage years approach, they prefer the first floor master .....

May 12, 2015 11:55 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Paul, I would say mid-50's people are very aware of future stair issues.  Many clients with young children want ALL the bedrooms to be on the same level.

May 12, 2015 11:55 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

The owner's bedroom goes through some phases Paul, but generally when you reach tweener status there seems to be concern.

May 12, 2015 10:55 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Most people around here want the split floor plan.  

May 12, 2015 09:22 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This issue is often more a matter of physical condition or health than age.

There is rapidly growing demand for a first floor master bedroom.

May 12, 2015 08:47 PM
Holleay Parcker - Spinnaker Realty - Serving Clients From Corolla to Hatteras
With 14 Yrs Experience in Outer Banks Real Estate

Here at the beach, many of our homes are reverse floor plans, to maximize potential water the kitchen, living room, dining room, master bedroom and bath, (and typically one half bath) are found on the third floor. Larger homes (8 bedrooms or more) will have an elevator, so the location of the master bedroom isn't an issue in that regard.  With the larger investment properties, the concern is only that the master bedroom have access to the water views.

If the property will be a retirement home, everything changes. We are looking for a lot in the 'x' flood zone (outside the 100  year flood plain) so the house can be built on the ground, or nearly so, when they intend to build. And of course, our retirement buyers are interested in as few steps as possible and all one level living.  I currently have retirement buyers building under this very scenario. 

May 12, 2015 07:54 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

It varies, age, health, kids, older parents living with the buyer all factor in. 

May 12, 2015 07:38 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I think they always do.  Even if stairs don't bother them I always tell people from the start to consider resale.

May 12, 2015 02:49 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson - some of my clients care for the location of the bedrooms on first floor - preferably with full bath - as their parents visit from India and stay with them for prolonged period of time.

May 12, 2015 02:47 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

John nailed this one!


Nov 26, 2017 02:28 AM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

When they have kids or when their knees give out.

May 18, 2015 02:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Paul --  well, I can tell you a three year little boy was pretty vocal about his bedroom while I was showing his parents a home recently.  Maybe it was that race car bed that attracted him.

I think the Master Bedroom location is definitely a factor for many with and without children.  I have seen quite a few funky floor plans over the years and it's something that I like to discuss upfront as well as during the showing stage of buying.  

May 13, 2015 05:27 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

Depends on the house, for example a 2 story here in Tucson, AZ (we dont have basements either) about 90% of the time the master is upstairs.  Guess what is the hottest room in the entire house?  That is right, their master bedroom.  First time home owners with no kids, dont seem to care as much.  Once they have kids or thinking about guests staying with them, then the split bedroom plan comes into play.

May 13, 2015 05:14 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I think it is a personal issue.  I've had clients of all ages make comments about this.

May 13, 2015 05:03 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Getting older is something evey single person faces...whether you are 30 or going on 60. First floor bedrooms and single story properties are ALWAYS popular.

May 13, 2015 12:26 AM