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Hello all, I just joined and we are closing on a villa home in FL. The home is a 2 bedroom + Den. We will also use it for vacations, and know that for our use we would have a TV in the Den & Masterbedroom… so would guests expect the main living room to have a TV as well? Would it be odd not to have a TV in the main living area?
I would put a TV in the main living area because I’m assuming that’s bigger than the den. If it’s a two bedroom than you would have four or more guests. Would the den accommodate 4 to 5 people? Do you have a sofa and love seat in the den? Also which room is closer to the kitchen? Folks like eating and drinking while watching TV.
First thing is put a bed in the Den. The more you can sleep, generally = more revenue. The Den will not earn anything - but BRs do. Put a TV in the LR and not in BR (discourages eating in BRs).
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To each their own and to each rental the number of TVs that seem appropriate. I stayed in a multimillion $ historic property in a Boston suburb that had one TV at the far end of the home in a sunroom.
I’m one of the dwindling number of people who lament TV’s in every room with people gathering to stare at them. That includes me. Every Sunday friends gathered at my home where I had two TVs on the patio where we watched the NFL. Thank goodness when we vacay we sometimes stay in Airbnbs where the TV isn’t constantly on. When we stay in hotels the TV is on constantly.
Not always a good idea - more guests = more cleaning and more potential problems. We have a 4 BR house and decided to use only 2 BRs…so we get $120 a night instead of $180, but it’s rented constantly with less cleaning and issues…
Just my .02
3 BR allows for all sorts of potential guest bookings that a 2 BR does not (some families, couples plus kids, etc), and for more money.
You choose to make less by only using 2 BR out of 4 - and that is your choice. @Dwood622 is asking for advice - so if he wants to maximize the investment and revenue then more beds are needed.
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I’d put a TV in the living room and possibly 2 smaller ones in each bedroom. The den can have a sofa bed if you’d like the extra head in a bed (or 2) depending upon the size of the villa home. Otherwise, make it a cute WFH spot with a desk, etc.
Good luck and read everything here on all subjects. There are several FL hosts on this forum from all over - I’m outside of Tampa and have a private room/bath in my shared home listing. I’ve met wonderful people and made new friends in the neighborhood as people move here.
In the past we have had “what is a villa?” as a topic here. It didn’t quite rise to the level of kettles and duvets but it was spirited. In the US a 2 BR home isn’t a villa, it’s a cottage. Villas are grand estates, usually in Italy. The poster who inspired the debate hosted small properties in Australia but insisted that such a property was called a villa down there.