UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENT TYPES OF PROPERTY
Terms used to describe a residence differ depending on what part of the world you are in! You can broadly divide them into two types - single independent residences on a plot of land and multiple residences on a plot.
Generally speaking descriptions are based on in the size, function and historic influence of the building. House, Villa, Chalet and Canarian House can be independent residences. Townhouses are houses which abut other houses by shared walls and are generally higher in density. An apartment is basically multiple residences on a single plot of land.
We always take care to provide our clients with the most accurate description possible and so we generally indicate whether these properties are independent or part of a development such as a town or urbanisation.
Based on the style of architecture prevalent in these parts we use the following terms to describe our properties:Canarian Houses: Chalets:
Some houses in the region are also known as Chalets. These are usually made of wood and have heavy sloping roofs with wide eves.Canarian Houses:
Traditional houses generally have tiled sloping roofs and have a rustic feel, with thick, rough walls built using local stone. This keeps the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They can range from a small, humble dwelling or may have balconies constructed using local pine wood and interior patios.The interior patios function like real gardens that serve to give extra light to the rooms.
They range from quaint, modest, cozy and practical homes in rural areas (often called ‘casitas’) to manor houses such as those in La Laguna or La Orotava. Nowadays original Canarian Houses known as ‘Casas Antiguas’ can be bought as ruins or following renovation. Many of the original houses have been demolished with modern houses having been built in their stead.Townhouses:
These, as mentioned in the introduction, mean houses abutting other houses built in the similar style. These have become the homes for people who prefer to live in towns, close to their work place or those who prefer to be part of community with local amenities close by.
Townhouses usually have a smaller area on each floor and have many floors and hence are relatively denser than independent or semi-detached houses. However, unlike apartments they have a direct approach to each house from the main street.Villas:
Villas were upper class country estates built by Romans. They were designed to be self sufficient, and were surrounded by buildings like outhouses, gardens, storage warehouses, and farmlands. luxurious home.
Villas are typically larger than single family homes. They can have as many as 20 bedrooms and typically have a more luxurious feel to them. They are also typically surrounded by private gardens, vineyards or some other form of landscape which gives a feeling of intimacy and seclusion. Villas also tend to have pools or some other kind of water feature which gives them a feeling of luluxurious home. xury.
However, nowadays the term is loosely used to mean anything from a semi-detached house to a luxurious home.