Last Updated on April 1, 2024

What is an Ensuite Bathroom? (On Suite Bath) | Real Estate Definition

By Alan F Macdonald

What is an Ensuite Bathroom?

In real estate, an ensuite bathroom (en suite or attached bath) is a bathroom that is connected to a bedroom. Most often, ensuite bathrooms are attached to master bedrooms, although they may be connected to any bedroom. Ensuites are thought of as private bathrooms, and are never built off of common areas like hallways. Ensuites are sometimes mis-spelled as “onsuites” or “on suites”

Real Estate Agent Explains Ensuite Bathrooms

En-suite literally means “in the room,” but now the combined word typically refers to a bathroom that is directly connected to a room. Ensuites have been popular since the 1950s, and have only grown in popularity over the years. An ensuite bathroom can have anywhere between two and six plumbing fixtures, ranging all the way from a half bath to a full bathroom. Newer homes tend to include bigger ensuites as demand for this feature have grown. While homes build in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s are more likely to have a simple, half-bath ensuite, homes built in the 1990s through today are more likely to have more luxurious full bathrooms.

Why Does It Matter?

Ensuites are popular because of privacy and proximity. Because ensuite bathrooms are directly connected to bedrooms themselves, they are much more private than bathrooms that are off hallways or kitchens and the like. Parents can have their own bathroom while their kids have theirs, for example. Nowadays, if a house has two bathrooms on the second floor, chances are one of them is an ensuite. And many bungalows have ensuites, too – provided they were built since the 1960s. Also, because they are connected to the bedroom, they are very close by at night and since there are no hallways to walk down there is less likelihood of disturbing other people in the home. Because an ensuite is seen as a selling feature in a home, a large closet in an older home may sometimes be converted into a bathroom to make an ensuite. Ensuites are also a standard feature in new home builds.