Back in the day, there were just bathrooms. Then, along came half bathrooms. And Jack & Jill Bathrooms. That wasn't enough, so we invented three-quarter bathrooms… and one-quarter bathrooms. That's a lot of bathrooms! And amazingly, they don't quite always have the same definition around the country (or world).
So, to simplify things, we have cleaned up the way we calculate bathrooms in our search app.
In general, people care mostly about how many bathrooms there are in total. So, this is how we now summarize listings on the list view in the app:
On the listing detail page, we have the space to clarify the nature of all of these bathrooms, so we separate out full and partial baths.
Beyond that, the variation across MLS's and even among how different agents in the same MLS list bathrooms starts to get complex, and so the best place at this time to understand that information is from the property description and the photos.
As we went through this process, there were some layout implications. You can see that to make everything look nice we slightly re-arranged how we display bedrooms / bathrooms and some other headline data like "Days Online", "New Listing", etc.
We think this is a huge step forward in clearly presenting this complex piece of data in a simple & standard way.