Question of the week:

What is a “1+1 Bedroom?”

When a listing on MLS says 1+1 Bedrooms, does that mean there is a Den? How would you search for a 1 bed + 1 den apartment?

Nicks answer: 

Realtor here!


A few definitions that may be useful that are often confusing for new buyers that we use in our MLS (Ottawa):


“2+1 bedrooms: The first number is the number of above-grade (above-ground) bedrooms, and the second is below-grade (floor is below ground level). 2+1 means two bedrooms upstairs and one in the basement or partially sunken level.


“2.5 baths”: Means two bathrooms are full (have a toilet, sink and a shower or tub) and one is a powder room (toilet plus sink only).


“3-piece bath”: Full bath that has only a toilet, sink and shower, but not a bathtub.


“Jack and Jill bath”: A bathroom connected to two bedrooms directly like a shared ensuite for both, but no direct hallway access.


“cheat suite”: An ensuite bath (attached to a bedroom, usually the primary) that also has hallway access. Named because it “cheats” as double duty between a regular guest and ensuite. The cheekier theory behind the name is that it gives a means for a lover to be snuck out of the bedroom when the spouse gets home.


Searching for a one bed, one den apartment is tricky, as most MLS tools (including typically don’t let you filter with “den” as a criteria. Your best bet is to include all one and two-bedroom apartments in your target area and look at the descriptions, since den will typically be mentioned in the first line or two of the text, and many 1+dens are incorrectly listed as two bedrooms.


Good luck on the search!


Source: I’m a Realtor in Ottawa, Ontario.

You might also like …

Buyer Tips • Laws + Rules • News • Weekly Features — 2023/09/27

Exception to Canada’s Foreign Buyer’s Ban: Temporary Residents Now Eligible To Purchase Homes


Investing • Weekly Features — 2023/09/27

410 Cambridge St. S

Max’s Deal of the Week

Buyer Tips • Weekly Features — 2023/09/20

A Realtor’s Guide to Home Touring


Get one-on-one advice