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Designs with two master suites gain popularity in upscale homes in Oklahoma

Home designs with two master suites have grown in popularity and will continue to do so, especially in higher-end homes, some Oklahoma homebuilders and Realtors say.
by Richard Mize Modified: August 14, 2014 at 11:39 am •  Published: August 16, 2014

Two master suites? Why not three?

That’s what Judy Barton and her daughter Beth Sapp were looking for seven years ago: a home not only large enough, but designed, for two separate master suites — plus a third living area for teenage Rachel, Beth’s daughter and Judy’s grandaughter.

“I met with Judy and Beth, and they both wanted their own space, and Beth’s daughter wanted her own space,” recalled Mike Gilles of Savannah Builders, who custom-built the home on NW 130 Terrace in the Canyon Lakes neighborhood, southeast of Memorial and Council roads.

“So this house was created to have a kitchen-family area where everybody could come together, great space. Then, each one would have their own suite,” he said. “Judy has her own suite with a little library, and Beth had her own suite, and the daughter had the whole upstairs, which is a game room and her own suite.

“We just worked as a team and created this fantastic property. Sorry to see Judy leave, but life changes, and it’s way too big for one person.”

Beth moved on. Rachel is in college. The 3,446-square-foot home is too big for Judy. So the home with the unusual design — not that common in Oklahoma City, at least — is on the market.

It will appeal to a certain niche buyer, said Realtor Chad Neathery of Paradigm AdvantEdge Real Estate, who has it listed.

Couples who need to sleep apart — so each can sleep — are turning to two-master homes, he said. Maybe one snores, or uses a CPAP machine, for continuous positive airway pressure, a ventilation therapy.

“Mainly it’s retired people. It’s an older generation. The people I’ve seen are in their 60s, 70s,” Neathery said. “It’s also for aging parents, someone in their 50s that has a parent in their 70s or 80s ... a separate room, private, for their aging parents.”

The design isn’t new. Having two master suites was thought to be a hot trend just before the Great Recession turned housing on its head and set homebuilding back nationally. Seven years ago, the design couldn’t be found in Oklahoma City, Neathery said.

New to metro

“It is new to Oklahoma City,” he said. Neathery said that when the owners first approached him and Gilles, “There wasn’t anything on the market like what she wanted, so she custom-designed it.”

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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