Houses come in different shapes and sizes. Each type has a unique name of its own so it’s easy for home buyers to become confused. To help clear things up, we have organized a list of the common types of homes that are found in Malaysia.
Category 1: Landed homes
- Terrace Houses
Terrace houses are a row of similar-looking houses that are linked to one another via the shared side walls. Because there are no spaces in between the adjoining properties, the garage is usually placed in the front while the yard is in the back. The houses are usually two stories high and the number of units in a row can vary. The units at the end of the rows are known as end terraces and they tend to be larger in space.
Townhouses are essentially the same as terrace houses, they are connected by a common wall and are identical in appearance. However, townhouses are situated in communities that offer facilities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, or children’s playground.
- Semi Detached
Semi-detached houses, or semi-d houses, are a scaled down version of terrace houses. Instead of a row of units, semi-detached houses refer to a pair of identical units that are joined by a party wall. In other words, one complex is home to two units. Because only one side wall is taken, there are open spaces in the front, side, and back.
Bungalow sounds really unique but actually refers to a standalone house that sits on a parcel of land. Because the buildings themselves do not adjoin each other, there are open spaces on all sides for a bigger yard. Though often used to refer to detached houses that are low-rise, bungalows can be of any size in Malaysia.
Category 2: High rise
Unlike landed houses, apartments contain several units in one building. The building itself is owned by one individual or company, but each unit is rented out to a different tenant. The number of residential units varies from one apartment complex to the next and the price tag also varies from cheap to expensive, depending on the size and location of the building. Apartments usually come with basic facilities such as swimming pools, security systems, and gyms.
Flats are cheaper versions of apartments in that you give up the luxury of having an elevator carry you up to your floor, a swimming pool to cool down in, and security guards to keep out questionable visitors. On top of the lack of facilities, there is only outdoor parking available for the tenants.
On the other hand, condominiums are expensive versions of apartments. On top of the swimming pools, security systems, and gyms, condominiums can come with pool villas, club houses, sports facilities, saunas, game rooms, and more. Some condominiums are even described as “serviced” condominiums, which essentially mean that the services offered are similar to that of a hotel. The units are partly or fully furnished and there are facilities such as front desk concierge and housekeeping. Regardless of what type, however, each unit is owned by an individual while the common areas are jointly owned by the tenants so there is no one owner that governs the building. Because the tenants collectively own the common spaces, there are strict rules and regulations that are enforced throughout the property to maintain order.
- SoHo (Small Office Home Office) and SoVo (Small Office Versatile Office)
Unlike other high-rise buildings, SoHos and SoVos are usually located in commercial areas because they are intended for those who want to integrate their offices into their residential homes. However, tenants are free to use the property as just as residential home as well. SoHos are more of a residential property that incorporates a small home office. SoVos, on the other hand, are residential spaces that are also fully equipped with facilities required to run a business. One downside, however, is that tenants are required to pay utility bills based on a commercial rate, which can be higher than a residential rate.
Now that you know how to distinguish one type from another, have you found one that matches your lifestyle? If you’re still undecided, read our article about landed properties vs. high rise properties to see which one would suit your needs better. From condos to semi-detached homes, NuProp has it all – browse through our listings for something that calls out to you.
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