Moving Out Monday: Types of Housing

Bailey Group Real Estate's description of different types of housing.

Ready to buy your next home? Do you know what style home you want? Houses can be built in a large variety of designs. There are differences between detached single-family homes, semi-detached dwellings and multi-user dwellings. Each configuration varies based on size and accommodations. Many of the homes listed below vary based on style.

Detached Single Family

-       A-frame: a steep roofline; named based off the appearance of the structure

-       American Colonial: a traditional style home, originating in the east coast

  • Other types of colonials include:
    • Georgian Colonial
    • German Colonial
    • New England Colonial
    • Spanish Colonial

-       Bungalow: a simple, single-story house without a basement

-       Cape Cod: a popular design, originated in eastern Massachusetts

-       Cottage: a small country dwelling

  • Weavers’ cottage: 3-storied townhouses
  • Craftsman Cottage: a classic storybook charm and stone features

-       Dogtrot House: two houses connected by an open breezeway

-       Farmhouse: a house built with the type of style that is the main residence on a farm

-       Gable-front house: generic home with a gable roof facing the street

-       Linked Houses: semi-detached houses linked at the foundation, above ground they appear to be detached houses

-       Log Cabin: built of solid, un-squared wooden logs

-       Mansion: a large, luxurious detached house

-       McMansion: exaggerated suburban home with references to a mansion

-       Manufactured House: a prefabricated house that is assembled on a permanent site

-       Split Level Home:

  • Back split: multi-levels that from the front looks as though it’s a bungalow
  • Front split: multi-levels that appears to be a two-story in the front and bungalow in the back
  • Side split: multi-levels that the different levels are visible from the front elevation view

-       Victorian House: known for its diversity, rich ornamentation and craftsmanship

-       Villa: originally an upper-class country home; originating from Roman times the function has evolved over time

Semi detached dwellings

-       Duplex: two separate residences, attached side by side; sometimes used to describe stacked apartments (typically in urban areas such as New York)

-       Two-family Home: generic term for a small apartment house that has two dwelling units

-       Semi-detached: two houses joined together by the foundation (see linked houses)

Attached multi unit

-       Apartment: self-contained housing unit in a building; rented by a person, family or people sharing a lease

-       Apartment Building: multi-unit dwelling made up of several apartments

-       Brownstone: a reddish-brown iron rich sandstone used for building; row-house

-       Condominium: a type of ownership of individual apartments and co-ownership of common areas such as grounds of the buildings

-       Garage-apartment: an apartment over a garage with its own entrance

-       Loft: an apartment building where a unit consists of a bedroom and level bath is divided vertically within the structure; usually supported by columns and bearing walls

-       In-Law Apartment: small apartment either on the side, back or basement of the main house with a separate entrance

-       Penthouse: top floor of a multi-story building

-       Row-house: in New York and Boston, Brownstones are row-houses

-       Studio Apartment: a suite with a single room that doubles as a living room and bedroom with a kitchenette and bathroom squeezed off to one side

-       Townhouse: similar to a row-house, often stacked units with direct access to the outside

For more information on types of houses contact Bailey Group Real Estate.

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