® Report: The Most Loved Home Features in the U.S.

Posted on Feb 13 2020 - 9:17am by Jameson Doris

Which feature made you fall in love with your current home? Was it the view? The in-ground pool? Or was it the in-law apartment that sealed the deal? According to a new analysis by®, the most loved home features vary from state to state.

Related: 5 Home Renovations That Will Make You Fall in Love With Your Home Again analyzed their keyword home search data to determine what the most popular home feature searches were in each state. Some of the results are perhaps unsurprising, like in Oklahoma—which sits in Tornado Alley—the most loved home feature is a storm shelter. In environmentally-conscious California, found "solar" to be the most-searched home feature.

"While some of the country's most-loved home features, such as accessory dwelling units or lakefront properties, will likely fetch a premium on the open market, others are more matters of the heart," says George Ratiu, senior economist at

The most common home features on the list are extra living spaces for relatives or other guests. Searches for "in-law apartment," "barn," "ADU," "casita" and "RV parking" topped the list in 13 different states.

Below are the most loved home features in every state:

Alabama Gas stove
Alaska Yard
Arizona Gas stove
Arkansas Lake view
California Solar
Colorado Main floor master
Connecticut Contemporary
District of Columbia Metro (transportation)
Delaware First-floor master
Florida Canal
Georgia First floor master
Hawaii Fee simple
Idaho RV
Illinois Fenced yard
Indiana Pole barn
Iowa Acreage
Kansas Reverse (water filtration system)
Kentucky First-floor master
Louisiana Mother-in-law
Maine Camp
Maryland Rancher
Massachusetts Mother-In-law
Michigan Pole barn
Minnesota Lakeshore
Mississippi Mother-in-law
Missouri Dock
Montana ADU (accessory dwelling unit)
Nebraska Villa
Nevada Casita
New Hampshire Contemporary
New Jersey Mother-in-law
New Mexico Casita
New York Balcony
North Carolina Brick
North Dakota Rambler
Ohio First-floor master
Oklahoma Storm shelter
Oregon ADU (accessory dwelling unit)
Pennsylvania Parking
Rhode Island 1-level
South Carolina Brick
South Dakota Acreage
Tennessee Creek
Texas Modern
Utah Mother-in-law
Vermont Acreage
Virginia First-floor master
Washington ADU (accessory dwelling unit)
West Virginia River access
Wisconsin Country
Wyoming Horses

To view the entire report and a full breakdown of the methodology, click here.


5 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Elda Serna February 18, 2020 at 1:09 am -

    Something that can help you fall in love with your home again is converting your garage into a living Space.
    With the demand for housing the many cities have allowed to turn your garage into a living space that can be utilized for a mother in law’s quarters, possible suite for an adult child returning home, man cave, yoga den, the sky is the limit!
    You can also convert your garage for income property to subsidize your mortgage.

    Happy Re-falling in love with your new space!

  2. Teresa Jowers Realtor® March 7, 2020 at 5:23 pm -

    How can I get free blogs for my facebook,,ect?

  3. John W Enright August 26, 2020 at 6:17 pm -

    First floor master bedrooms are very popular for many buyers in Williamsburg, Virginia, but perhaps one of the most attractive features is home renovation. Like many other markets, buyers will pay premium prices for homes the have open floor plans, new kitchens, cabinets, appliances, bathrooms, flooring etc. We find that buyers shy away from after-purchase renovation projects because they either do not have the resources and time, or have “been-there-done-that” and have no interest in living through a renovation project.

  4. Jim Hastings August 27, 2020 at 1:14 am -

    Converting a garage into living space is a way to re-fall in love with your home? The sky is the limit? From a Realtor’s perspective, this is almost always a resounding no.

  5. C. Nickerson August 27, 2020 at 12:31 pm -

    Check with your HOA before converting your garage to a use other than parking. Some neighborhoods frown on family cars being parked in the driveway of a home with garage space. You would probably need at least prior authorization from your architectural control committee before making this modification.