In Venice, a lot of homes have 2 bedrooms. Since so many buyers and investors come from out of the area, they are conditioned to believe that converting a garage space to a 3rd bedroom creates value and increases demand.
That's not necessarily the case.
|3br home with garage conversion in South Venice|
I picked the South Venice area to compare the most recent sales of 2 bedroom homes, and 3 bedroom homes without garages that were obvious conversions, over the past 90 days.
2 bedroom homes sold for a median price of $134,000 at $96/sq ft, and sold within 37 days.
3 bedroom homes without garage sold for a median price of $139,900 at $82/sq ft, and sold within 55 days.
Why is this type of 3 bedroom home actually less valuable? The two major reasons are that Venice attracts retirees that don't need 3 bedrooms, and buyers and tenants are interested in covered, secured parking.