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Jargon Buster: Property types explained

Posted 4/11/2023 by Reeds Rains
Categories: Buying
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When browsing our extensive list of properties on sale right now we understand that the various terminology used can become confusing. That's why we've pulled together a property type jargon buster.

Detached / Semi-detached

A detached property is a house which stands by itself, not sharing any walls with any other buildings. A semi-detached property is a house which shares one wall with another property.

Town house / Terrace

A town house / terrace property is a house which is a part of a row of similar houses, sharing both side walls with neighbouring properties, in an urban area.  Sometimes 3 or more storey houses are referred to as town houses.

End of terrace

An end of terrace property is a semi-detached home on the end of a row of terrace / town houses.


A cottage is a small property, typically in a rural area. While cottages are often of traditional build, the term can be used for more modern dwellings too.


A bungalow is a property with only one floor and is either detached or semi-detached.


A villa is a large country property, usually in the countryside or near the ocean. Villas are usually detached.


A mansion is an exceptionally large property, usually grand and luxurious in nature and often the most expensive. While new-build mansions are available, they are usually older with a rich history.


A period property is an older house, typically build before the First World War.


A plot is a piece of vacant land. They can be in rural or urban areas, sometimes contain a disused property on them, and are perfect for development.


A flat is an individual residence made up of multiple rooms and is contained to just one floor. They typically have a communal entrance and staircases.


A studio is a flat which has just one room and a separate bathroom. The single living space is usually a decent size with all your expected amenities such as cooking facilities and a bed.


A maisonette is a flat which has two or more floors and its own private entrance leading from outside. The term maisonette comes from France and translates to small or little house.


A duplex is also a flat which has two or more floors. What differentiates a duplex from a maisonette is that it does not have a private entrance leading from outside.


A garage is a small building for storing motor vehicles. Garages are usually a part of a larger property, they can be purchased on their own, which is useful for urban areas with poor parking facilities.


A converted property is one that has had its function or use changed. For example, a former hotel being converted into apartments, or a former church being converted into a detached home.


An annex is an additional building joined to or associated with a main building.


A bothy is a small basic rural property, usually with one door.


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