Property types and styles in the UK

Feb 13, 2024
Property types and styles in the UK
Looking to buy your new home? The UK’s property market boasts a wide range of property types and styles, from detached and semi-detached houses to terraced properties and flats. This guide explores each type, along with its characteristics and price range, to help you make an informed decision.

1. Detached

Detached houses are single-standing structures, meaning they don’t share any walls with neighbouring properties. They usually have an ample front and back garden, as well as a driveway.

These houses benefit from more space and privacy, making them among the most expensive types in the UK.

2. Semi-detached

The only difference between detached and semi-detached houses is that the latter shares a wall with a neighbouring structure. These house types usually come in pairs, which helps save a lot of space. They offer privacy and may be extended at the back or to the side.

They’re significantly more affordable than detached houses and are a popular option among growing families.

3. Terraced

Terraced houses share a wall with neighbouring properties on both sides, creating a row of structures along the same street. They became popular in the 19th century to accommodate those in high-density areas. They usually have little to no back and front space, helping them save space.

They’re among the most affordable property types in the UK, perfect for young professionals, older couples and first-time buyers.

4. End of terrace

End-of-terrace houses are exactly what the name says. They’re at the end of a row of terraced properties, meaning they only share one wall with a neighbouring structure. They’re often found on a cul-de-sac and have similar characteristics to semi-detached houses, including privacy and space.

5. Flats

Flats are one of the most common house types in the UK, particularly popular in high-density cities like Birmingham, London and Manchester. A single building usually contains a series of flats, and they can take up half or the whole floor. They’re among the most affordable options thanks to their space-saving qualities.

Prices vary depending on the type of flat. There are:

  • 2-level flats. Often referred to as ‘duplex’, 2-level flats are split into an upper and lower part, usually separated by a staircase.
  • Studio flats. Compact and self-contained, studios are typically designed for 1 or 2 people. They feature a combined living and sleeping area, a kitchen and a bathroom.
  • Converted flats. Converted flats are part of a large house that has been split into top and ground-floor flats. They can be divided into multiple sections depending on the space available.
  • Maisonettes. These are residential properties occupying two or more levels within a bigger building. They usually have a private entrance and don’t offer an indoor communal area.

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