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The predominant guidance on the thread is exactly right - you'd first need to check zoning. Couple of things to consider when researching zoning: (1) is it zoned for SFD or multi-family, and (2) if it's zoned SFD, does zoning allow for 2nd/basement kitchens. Questions you'd need to ask yourself while researching zoning - if it's zoned SFD, then it MAY be a SF with legal ADU. If, however, the zoning ordinance doesn't allow basement kitchens, they may have to remove the kitchen (which usually means just removing the cookstove/range-oven) and create interior access. If 2nd kitchens ARE allowed, does the SF zoning allow for ADU's? If it's zoned multi-family, are there other sales of duplexes with similar arrangement? If there aren't any sales of duplexes with similar arrangement, it may be an issue of functional obsolescence - e.g. the market prefers SxS instead of UnD. If the zoning is SFD, and basement kitchens are legal, are there other sales of SFD with basement kitchens?