Standard residential property dwelling types

There is not a definitive source for defining standard residential property dwelling types and rather there is substantial variability in the use of key terms within the real estate industry and by buyers and sellers more generally.

For the purposes of the HomesVic pilot, the Program Provider will classify dwellings based on a suite of general characteristics that are commonly observed within that dwelling type, as set out below.

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Houses (including terrace houses and row houses)

  • typically one or two storeys on one block with no other separately titled residential dwellings (but may contain ancillary buildings, such as garden sheds, gazebos and free standing garages)
  • typically detached (except for row houses /  terraces which may be attached on one or both sides)
  • typically has no separate residential dwelling above or below
  • typically two or more bedrooms
  • typically have their own private grounds
  • typically are not subject to an owners corporation
  • typically identified as a “house” by real estate websites and/or published advertising materials distributed by real estate agents (please note that some dwellings referred to as “houses” by real estate websites may in fact be townhouses, villas or units and may be identified as such in the accompanying text that describes the individual property)
  • Class 1 buildings per the National Construction Code

Townhouses

  • typically at least two storeys on one block containing other multiple storey dwellings that are separately titled
  • typically semi-attached (ie share a wall with another dwelling)
  • typically has no separate residential dwelling above or below
  • typically, two to four bedrooms
  • typically have their own private grounds
  • typically subject to an owners corporation
  • typically identified as a “townhouse” by real estate websites and/or published advertising materials distributed by real estate agents (please note that some dwellings referred to as “townhouses” by real estate websites may in fact be villas, units or apartments and may be identified as such in the accompanying text that describes the individual property)
  • Class 1 buildings per the National Construction Code

Apartments

  • typically multi-unit residential buildings where residents live above and below each other
  • may also be single storey attached dwellings where there is a common space below. For example, two dwellings that are separately titled above a common basement or carpark
  • each apartment does not typically have their own private grounds
  • typically shares a common entrance foyer and lift well or stairwell
  • typically are subject to an owners corporation
  • typically identified as an “apartment” or “apartment & unit” by real estate websites and/or published advertising materials distributed by real estate agents (please note that some dwellings referred to as “apartments” or “apartments & units” may be in fact be townhouses, units, villas or flats and may be identified as such in the accompanying text that describes the individual property)
  • Class 2 buildings per the National Construction Code

Units

  • sometimes also referred to as villas or flats
  • typically single storey  on one block containing other  separately titled single storey dwellings
  • typically one or two bedrooms
  • typically has no separate residential dwelling above or below
  • typically have their own private grounds
  • typically are subject to an owners corporation
  • typically identified as an “apartment”, “apartment & unit”, “unit” or “villa” by real estate websites and/or published advertising materials distributed by real estate agents (please note that some dwellings identified as an apartment”, “apartment & unit”, “unit” or “villa” may in fact be a townhouse or apartment and may be referred to as such in the accompanying text that describes the individual property)
  • Class 1 buildings per the National Construction Code