Split level vs split foyer

If you’ve wondered what’s the difference between a split level and a split foyer, then you’ve come to the right place, ‘cause that’s what we’re talking about today and we’re starting right now. 

  My name is Harry Moore and I’m a 25-year veteran real estate agent in the Washington DC Metro Area. If you’d like to see my YouTube video on this, click the image below. If you are interested in seeing the content of these blog posts in video format, please subscribe to my channel!

Right now, I’ll take on another pair of real estate terms that seem to regularly confuse people, split level vs. split foyer houses. Both designs were mostly built in the mid 1950’s through the late 1960’s. They have different names in other parts of the country. In some areas split levels are called “ tri-levels” and Split Foyers are called Raised Ranchers.

In a split level house you usually have two sections of the house , one rectangular and one square. They normally have 3-4 levels, but you’ll sometimes see 5 and I’ve even seen 6 level splits a few times. You’ll generally walk in on the main level, with the living rm Dining room and kitchen on that level, then immediately to one side are two short sets of stairs, one that goes up to the bedrooms and one that goes down to the family room, other bedrooms and utility space. Often there is another level down which is a full below grade basement.

A split foyer is usually a 2 level rectangularly shaped house with the entry door and small foyer between the two levels of living space. So immediately when you walk in you’ll either go up to the living/dining/ kitchen and most of the bedrooms or down to family room, other bedrooms and utility space.


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