I am frequently asked questions by clients about the differences, advantages and disadvantages of the different classes of real estate people live in. I often give really simple answers like a town home is the same thing as a row home or a detached home is the most desirable style of home because there is no sharing of a common wall. In truth there is a little bit more I should say and I think this is a better forum to educate. This first part of Real Estate 101 I will delve into the topic of Detached Homes and answer the questions...What is a Detached Home? What are the different types of Detached Homes? What are the strengths and weakness of Detached Homes?
A Detached Home is defined as being a single family dwelling on a plot of land. In Ontario we are accustomed to seeing this type of residential structure everywhere and in many different styles.
The Bungalow is characterized as having all the main living quarters on one floor ex. bedroom(s), kitchen, family room, dining room etc. Historically this style was popular in the 1900’s to the 1940’s. These days the popularity of the bungalow stems from not having any stairs in the main living area, thus making it a dwelling sought after by empty nesters. These homes were typically small and did not have a garage. Typically in Canada, these types of homes would have a basement because of the frost line, but overall this was not a good design as the building foot print required lots of land.
Ranch Style Bungalows were big during the 1970’s to 1980’s adding to the attributes of the basic bungalow. These included an extended size to about 2000 feet and a double garage that was attached to the main structure. Like the basic Bungalow, these homes were not efficient with the use of land.
Another variation of the Bungalow is the Bi-Level Style or Split Entrance. In this formation, the main entrance is located below the main level where all the living quarters were and above the basement. This created more useable space in the basement for larger windows, which in turn gaves more ventilation and sunlight. The efficiency of the use of land was increased by using this style versus the Ranch and basic Bungalows.
The One and One Half Storey Home differs from the Bungalow as it has about 60% of the living space on the main floor. Because the roof slope was steep the “half” was space created in the roof often used for living space ala a bedroom. This was a more economical use of land and became popular in the 1950’s. The Cape Cod Style is the One and One Half Storey home with dormers which added more ventilation and sunlight to the upper living space. The drawback to the One and One Half Storey home was the ceiling angles limited the living space caused by the slope of the roof.
The Two Storey is the most popular style of detached home since the 1980’s. Advantages of this style is, a combination of large living space, upper levels don’t have angled ceilings and there is a distinct level for sleeping in the upper level, living on the main level and storage in the basement. While this choice offers many advantages, its drawback is many stairs to traverse between levels.
First built in the 1960’s the Split Level Home is a style that attempts to combine the strengths of the Bungalow, Split Entrance Bungalow and the Two Storey home. The idea is to provide easy moving from one floor to another by having shorter stairways in between levels. The main entrance would be below the living area and above the basement just like the Split Entrance Bungalow. The living area will move up a half a flight of stairs from the main entrance. The top level would be another half flight of stairs above the living area. Split Level homes could be constructed as either a Back Split or a Side Split. Because of the many small stairways inherent to this design, detractors will point out that feature does not help flow, but instead hinders it.
As a final commentary of Detached homes, I specifically would like to turn the focus to the area I work the most, Mississauga. Typically if you are shopping for detached homes of the bungalow, split level or one and one half storey styles you would need to search the older areas of Mississauga. Generally in the east close to Etobicoke such as Applewood, Lakeview, in the South Central like Mississauga Valleys, Cooksville, Mineola, Port Credit and in the west like Lorne Park, Clarkson, Erin Mills and Sheridan and to the north like Streetsville.
Two storey homes will be found everywhere in Mississauga, but are generally newer built in central Mississauga like Fairview and Erindale and west and north such as Central Erin Mills, Hurontario, East Credit, Meadowvale Village, Churchill Meadows, Meadowvale and Lisgar. For current listings of detached homes in Mississauga please go to my Detached Homes For Sale webpage.
Thank you once again for reading my blog. I hope you found it to be informative and generally helpful. If you have any questions regarding real estate in Mississauga please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Todd Lee