Types of homes

Styles to Suit You

Single-family Detached

This is a fully detached, single family home that sits on its own lot.

Duplex

A duplex or semi-detached has a shared wall between the two units. These are often less expensive that single family homes but they require a degree of cooperation with the co-owner. Duplexes can be side-by-side or up-and-down.

Townhouse

These are single family residences forming a row with common walls separating the units. They can be freehold or condominiums. They usually have a small yard or outdoor space that is for the exclusive use of the owners.

Modular Home

A modular home is a factory-built, single-family home not a mobile or manufactured home. It’s designed to fit in with any neighbourhood. The home is typically shipped in large sections, or modules, bolted together and placed on a permanent foundation at the building site.

Manufactured Home

A manufactured home is a single-family home built on a steel frame for transportation purposes. It may be single or double-wide and may have drywall or vinyl paneling. These are often referred to as park model homes and are placed on full foundations or piers.

Mobile Home

Mobile homes are similar to manufactured homes except they retain the ability to be moved by attaching wheels.

Apartment

This is a self-contained living unit in a building with other units of a similar nature. It features kitchen, bathroom, and other rooms as designed.

Forms of Ownership

Freehold

A freehold property is owned outright; there is no co-owned space or shared common areas with other home owners. Freehold owners can alter their property to suit themselves and do not require permission where the changes are allowed under municipal law. Houses and duplexes are usually freehold ownership.

Condominium

A condominium is freehold ownership of a single unit in a building or development and co-ownership of common areas and land the development is on. Condo owners manage the development through a condo council. Condos are usually high-rise apartments, townhouses, but they can include land. When a developer creates strata lots on a piece of land, the yards are usually much smaller but also more affordable.