There are numerous types of properties on the market that are advertised at any given time. Some of these names for different properties can be confusing so it is vital that you know what to expect, here are the names of the property types and their definition.

Semi-detached house:

Semi-detached house is an established old property where more than two (usually three or four) houses are joined together. To avoid using the phrase terraced, real estate agents will now use the phrase link. A townhouse or intermediate link house is one of the properties that is among others.

A terrace end, or link house end is the property that is the last in the row of houses.

Town house

Typically, the term Town House is used to describe a standard two-story townhouse that is more modern. Some real estate agents will also use this term to describe newer properties that have three or more stories.

Terraced house

A house or semi-detached property is used to describe a pair of houses that are usually attached in the middle. Semi-detached properties tend to offer their owners front and rear gardens, and many also offer driveway space in more rural areas.

Independent house

A detached property is an individual property with its own land that is not adjacent to another property in any way. This type of property is often more sought after by families who want additional privacy.


A bungalow is a single-story property that can be semi-detached, semi-detached, or semi-detached. Bungalows are often considered smaller properties, generally having two bedrooms. Large loft-like spaces are commonly found in bungalows, allowing their owners to convert a living space into a second floor if they wish. Bungalows tend to hold their value and can be more expensive compared to similarly sized properties.


Floors essentially come in two forms. The first where an existing house has been divided (generally into two separate dwellings). The second is a block of flats where there could be many separate floors in a building.

There is certain terminology that you should know, a community entrance is a main entrance that allows its residents to access their properties. Community gardens are shared gardens, so you are normally required to pay a maintenance fee. Flats are often referred to as apartments, particularly in new build developments.

There are also apartment variations that you should know about, here are the most common variants.

Duplex Apartment

A duplex apartment is an apartment that has more than one floor, usually two. These can be found in converted houses or apartment blocks. Generally, these types of floors are towards the top of buildings if they are in a block.

Penthouse apartment

An attic is a more luxurious and larger apartment that is located on the top floor of the building.

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