There’s no doubt these are becoming more in demand these days! I recently sold a South Barrington home that had the second kitchen right next to the main kitchen. That might sound a little insane to those of us that are cooks maybe 3 to 4 days a week, but it was very attractive to the buyer. So why do buyers want South Barrington homes with second kitchens?
- Spicy cooking seems to be a popular reason. If like me you cook curry you’ll know it can impregnate itself on your soft furnishings. This is not ideal but your kitchen is likely open plan to the family room. Fried onions are another of my favorites and another food that has a strong smell for a while after cooking. It can be tough to stop strong cooking smells from permeating all your rooms. A second kitchen that has a door can make this so much easier.
- Finished basements are often used in South Barrington homes as the entertaining space. Having a second kitchen in the basement stops the constant running up and down the stairs to get more food to cook or to find plates for serving. Whether you keep it fully stocked or prepare it the day before, it certainly makes life on party day a lot less of a workout.
- Living at home young adults or older parents, even nannies. Providing a separate place for additional at home family members can make it easier to keep your lives apart. Sometimes someone wants a quick snack and invading a full blown dinner prep in the main kitchen is likely going to lead to friction. Live in nannies might be cooking for the kids or themselves and it’s easier in the second kitchen.
I am sure there are many other occasions when a second kitchen is a desirable extra in a home. Finding homes that have second kitchens is not easy, your choice might be limited. Often you’ll find homes with a bar but no cooking facilities. Be open to either buying a home that can have a room converted, or perhaps with an unfinished basement so you can plan and finish it just how you would like.
I think it’s a fair comment that second kitchens in South Barrington homes are not expected to be the updated and fabulous kitchens that are expected for the main kitchen. Just functional with a stove, fridge and maybe microwave, a sink and cabinets.
Finding South Barrington Homes with Second Kitchens.
The internet is a huge book of information but when it comes to specialty real estate requests you’ll need a South Barrington real estate agent. Our MLS allows us to filter so much more that you can by searching online. We’ve done the hard work for you.