"We are worried about how to properly bid on it and then later down the road for resale," says a buyer posing the question on StreetEasy.com'sforums. Most commenters so far don't think it affects value; some posit that it might even detract. It's "far preferable to have the elevator open into a private vestibule rather than have it spit out your guests directly into the apartment," says one. (And don't forget the childproofing challenges.)
Broker-blogger Malcolm Carter sounded only slightly more positive when we checked in with him: "The feature often is mentioned in marketing materials," he says, yet while "always a selling point...the amount of added value is elusive. I'd say almost non-existent."
But would people pay less to live in such close confines with an elevator door? Carter thinks not: "Unless it's a walkup, means of access to a unit hardly seems to add or subtract even a smidgen of value."
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