Florida Real Estate
Florida Property Descriptions
Since property descriptions vary from place to place, we are providing you with examples of the common terminology used by Realtors® and Builders in advertising listings of homes and condos in Florida. It is important to remember that Villas and Carriage/Coach homes can be either singly family units or condominiums, so be sure to closely check their descriptions or ask for clarification if you're not sure.
Types of Florida Homes
Single Family homes are the traditional home as most know it. If the home is built in a development then they will have standard floor plans and preferred builders. If the home is built outside a development, you are open in selecting a builder and have much more latitude in terms of design.
Custom homes are where you select the lot and contractor and then the home is designed to your specifications. Single-family homes can also be custom built but the term custom is traditionally reserved for higher end estate homes. They are easily recognizable by their price range and features.
Types of Florida Homes or Condominiums
Coach homes are usually two-story units but you live either upstairs or downstairs. Each has their own garage, which could be a single or double. The upstairs units normally have more square feet as they can extend above the garage and most upstairs also have higher ceilings. Carriage homes are the same as Coach homes but are normally larger units. The name coach and carriage are used interchangeably in many developments.
Attached Villas can be two or more units sharing common walls. The advantage is that it has the feel of a home - instead of a condominium and is usually one level. Again, square footage usually ranges between 1,600 and 2,500 SF. The common walls typically require a fire standard of a minimum of 4 hours, and are normally made of concrete block. These walls are more sound proof than standard framed walls you might find in most condominiums.
Detached Villas are stand-alone single family homes with smaller yards, similarly designed exterior features, and interior square footage limits usually between 1,400-2,000 square feet because of the lot size. Many developments that offer these homes provide standard floor plans from which to choose and the lot is included in the base price of the home.
Types of Florida Condominiums
Low-Rise condominiums are normally 3 stories or less. Many developments have these types of units in order to help builders meet density requirements.
Mid-Rise condominiums are from 4-9 stories. They are usually found near the coastlines but may also include smaller one or two bedroom size units.
High Rise condominiums are 10 stories or more and are most often found near the coastline. They are usually upscale in their amenities and price.
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