So what is a FROG?

Real Estate Agent with Brand Name Real Estate

I cannot count the number of times that I've been showing a home, mention a FROG, and get really funny looks from our clients. 

frogIt seems that none of our out-of-town buyers have ever heard the term.  But since we're both Charleston natives, it's just part of our language.

So, a FROG is a Finished Room Over Garage.  Other places refer to it as a bonus room, but here it's a FROG.

In the early 1970's, builders in the Charleston area starting dropping the ceiling in the garage to create space for a room - sometimes unfinished (UnFROG) and sometimes finished (FROG) in order to add value to their homes. The only access to this room was typically through the garage or laundry room.  This room is unique to Charleston -- at least by this name.  We also have the only MLS that identifies a FROG and FROG sqft. 

In more recent years, builders determined that it added even more value to their homes if the room was accessible from the upstairs hallway of the rest of the house.  The room would then be considered a bonus room.

So if you can access the room over the garage through the main house, it's technically a bonus room.  But we'll still call it a FROG :)

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Dick & Sandy Beals
Wilmington Real Estate 4U Wilmington, NC - Wilmington, NC

and a tadpole is a frog in unfinished attic space


Jan 09, 2008 07:53 AM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate
Cute.  Thanks, Dick & Sandy.
Jan 09, 2008 07:55 AM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
Jim and Maria - I had never heard that term before. I don't think i will ever forget it though :)
Jan 22, 2008 10:23 AM
Jon Miller
United Country-Marshland Realty - Beaufort, SC
Thanks for setting me straight.  I though FROG stood for Family Room Over Garage.
Jan 22, 2008 12:10 PM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate
Bill: It's just a southern thing -- at least a Charleston thing :)
Jan 22, 2008 12:44 PM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate
Jon: I've heard both "Finished" and "Front", but never "Family".  But I can see where it works, too.
Jan 22, 2008 12:48 PM

This is so interesting. I'm glad I looked it up - my husband and I could NOT figure out what it meant! I didn't realize that rooms above garages are usually unfinished. My sister's home has the master bedroom right above the garage. Why is it that above the garage is usually not accessible through the inside of the house and why is it that if it is, it's still just considered a 'bonus room'? I've never heard of this before!

Nov 14, 2013 11:00 PM

We didn't know so we asked.

Nov 22, 2014 09:19 AM

Thank you. My mom and I are looking at homes. Just remember it's Joey's room from "Friends" the TV show after Monica and Changler get married. Cool, that is my new media-study/exercise room and the cats "run around" room then. YAY!

Mar 31, 2015 02:16 AM