You may have seen the term “Patio Home” when looking at real estate and have probably wondered what is it, anyway. Let’s start at the beginning. . .
What is a Patio Home?
Well, it doesn’t necessarily have a patio. In fact, most don’t. How? By definition, a patio home has nothing to do with porches. Instead, it is a house that is attached to other homes, usually with shared walls between houses and exterior landscaping and maintenance provided via an association fee. Instead of having a typical patio, patio homes will sometimes have concrete slabs or decks, giving a faux-patio mood to the area.
What is the Difference Between a Patio Home and a Townhome?
In the simplest terms, the difference between a patio home and a townhouse is size: while townhouses are at least two stories tall, patio homes are one and a half stories or less. So, if size is the biggest factor, then what’s the difference between patio homes and condos? Unlike condos, people who own patio homes often own the lot that the unit sits on, the building’s exterior, and property structures (i.e., porch, fence, walkway). While a patio home does share some exterior walls with other patio homes, there is more privacy than in a condominium. In a patio home, meaning there is a lesser chance of noise disturbances.
The small size and low-maintenance make patio homes popular for people of all ages, from empty-nesters to first-time home buyers. In today’s booming housing market, patio homes are a solid option for home buyers not looking to break the bank. Its small footprint allows for a lower price point, making buying a home a more financially accessible option. If you’re researching patio homes, you’ll likely come across the term “zero-lot lines.” This is just another phrase for the footprint of the home in relation to the size of the plot it rests on. Most patio homes take up the entire plot of the property.
Limited on Time for Home Maintenance?
The zero-lot line means there is restricted space for outdoor green spaces. While this may turn some away, the restriction has its perks, making patio homes a great alternative for people who don’t have time to maintain a landscape (or people who are tired of yelling, “Get off of my lawn!”). Let’s say you travel a lot for work: if you own a patio home, you wouldn’t have to worry about lawn upkeep while you’re away. The biggest downside to patio homes is the shared exterior walls; however, you’ll likely overhear much less from your neighbors than you would in a condo.
Speaking of exterior walls, its design often follows the Goldilocks principle: not too large, not too formal, not too quaint. The architecture tends to be in a transitional style. If the patio home was located Tacoma, it would likely be covered in a brick veneer; however, if the patio home was on the coast, it would likely be covered in a vinyl siding, giving way to a beach-esque design. In short, the exterior tends to mimic its surroundings. This architecture allows the patio home to reflect the personal design of its owner, giving a large amount of autonomy to a seemingly restrictive environment.
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