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You might have read and heard these big words in the Virginia Real Estate listings. Below are the definitions to help you understand what these terms mean in simple language:
Style of homes:Most of the newer communities with a large builder built homes that are traditional colonial style. However when you drive down in an older community you will see various elevation and style of the homes. Here are the definitions of some of the homes you may see in MLS or in Virginia Real Estate market.
Rambler: This home style is one level living or single level single family home. Seniors, people with disability or people who have challenge climbing up the stair case rambler homes may suite them. Since the home is spread out on one level the home will need to sit on a larger piece of land.
Split Level: Split levels also known as Tri-level homes. The home has three parts Main level right off the entrance and the other two level are split by a short stairs case. Main level which is built half way between the two floors. Main level has a kitchen, family room, dining room and on upper level you got bedrooms with full baths. On lower level the home has basement. The homes with garages typically open the door on the basement level.
Split Foyer: As the name dictates the home splits from the entrance or the foyer area. The front door opens in a foyer or an entrance located in a wing off the main house. The entrance has a short flight of stairs leading up and another one to the basement or lower level. The home looks like a three stories from outside but most of the split levels are two level single family homes.
Stacked Town house: "Stacked townhouse" is a marketing term in use by home builders for a multi-floor condo unit. They look like your typical townhouse from the front, often with 3 stories above street level and one either below grade or partially below grade. They are usually two floors for each unit, basement & first floor for one unit, second & top for the other.
Carriage Town houses: Well carriage homes in older times may have meant some outdoor barn but modern carriage homes offer more luxurious features similar to single family homes in a town house setting. They are typically two or three stories and wide as 35 feet and can range in size from 2000 sq ft. to 3700 sq. ft. Some of the features may include two story family room, huge gourmet kitchen, main level master suite, and over sized open basement for your home theater. Carriage home attracts both first time home buyers and empty nester looking for a spacious home without giving up the square feet.
Bay Windows: Typically the baywindow is a three sided glass window. One window is parallel to the walls inside, and two that come off the side of the front window that are each angled inward toward the room. Area extends outward from the main wall, forming a protrusion on the exterior of the home. Home owners prefer to have bay windows in Formal dining and living area since it enhances the exterior look and add additional space in the rooms.
Box Bay Windows: It is very similar to bay window. As the name implies it is in a shape of box. It has three windows one that is parallel to the walls inside and two on the either side. Some home owners prefer box style over bay windows. With Bay windows you have to deal with the odds angels when dressing or purchasing window treatments.
Palladium window: A large, arch-top window some are flanked by smaller windows on each side.More commonly found in the foyer entrance window over the main door. This window style is found in all styles of homes(condo, town house and single family homes) and in few floor plans they are installed in family room, living rooms and bedrooms. Home owners love the palladium windows in the two story foyer since it opens up the entrance and brings in bright natural light. They are fun to decorate during holiday season!
Would like to see any specific word in the list or need help understanding any Real Estate terms please feel free to email me at Info@eNOVAHomes.com.
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