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A Guide to the Types of Apartments Available

With the words "Wherever I lay my hat, that's my home," one popular song expresses a sentiment that many share. It is the people who make the home what it is, not the building itself. 

But is that really the case?

Whether you decide not to buy something because you think you will not have enough space or you decide to tell your friends to come over after a night out, the different types of apartments that we all live in make a mark on who we are as people. 

With an ever more competitive market than before, it makes sense that we should pay closer attention to our living space and ask, "Is it right for me?" But this can only be done with a good understanding of what is out on the market. 

Let us take a deep dive into the different kinds of apartments you can encounter when searching. By the end of it, you will be sure to have a clear idea of what is and what isn't for you.  

Studio Apartments

Especially in the inner cities, Studio apartments are on the rise. The reason is for their convenience. They are small and contain a single living space as well as a separate bathroom. This means that the living room doubles up the bedroom as well.

These open-plan apartments are perfect for single people due to their cost-effectiveness. Another reason is down to space. As they are often on the smaller side and privacy, they tend to lend themselves studios to single living as even the most minimal couples will struggle for wardrobe space. 

There are exceptions, such as Alcove Studio. These often have an additional wall called an L partition that can allow the bed to be in a more private setting. 

There are, however, some types of apartments that have all the facets of studios but have that little bit extra. We're talking about lofts.

Lofts

Lofts on paper have much in common with studios, but one element sets them apart. 

Space. 

Lofts are often converted commercial or industrial units, which means that they have high ceilings, larger kitchens, and the potential to create separate rooms should you wish to. 

Lofts are often coveted for their rustic look, with visible beams and brickwork. As they are more spacious, they are more expensive to rent and buy than studio apartments and are good options for single people, couples, and even roommates if space is distributed well.

One Bed Apartments

To be deemed a one-bedroom apartment, the general understanding is that the home must consist of 3 rooms, a kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. There can be more rooms that are not bedrooms, such as a pantry, etc., however. These 3 are fundamental in meeting the definition.

However, just being a one-bedroom does not mean guarantee a larger amount of space, so be sure to pay attention to floor plans.  

If you are an individual or couple that needs another room, perhaps to use as an office but don't want the additional price hike that comes with a 2 bedroom apartment, then a Junior 4 may be for you. 

These "one-bedroom" apartments have 4 rooms, yet as they do not have windows, they can not be advertised as 2 bedrooms. 

Multi-Room Apartments

If you are a family or looking to share, then the obvious choice is a multi-room apartment. As mentioned earlier, the amount of rooms is not a guarantee that there will be a lot of space, so be sure to find one that fits your specific needs. 

So what apartment options are there out there for you? Let's take a closer look.

2 Bedroom Apartments

2 bedroom apartments are perfect for small families or roommates. The additional room (with its window, of course) can be used for many purposes. This means that single people need space and are happy paying a premium for this enviable perk.  

Duplex

The word duplex is often a complicated one to define in the property market. Depending on the city, your expectations may be quite different. 

For example, in Texas, a duplex refers to 2 buildings that share a common wall but have separate entrances. However, if you moved to Texas from New York, you may be thinking of an apartment with two floors. But in both cases, duplexes are homes with upstairs and downstairs levels. 

Duplexes are appealing types of apartments in the city for families. They can provide the feel of having a traditional home at a fraction of the cost. 

Railroad Apartments

These types of apartments hail back to the mid-1800 in their style. Affordable and unique in their design, railroad apartments have no hallways separating the rooms, meaning that you have to walk through one room to go to the next. 

They are traditionally three or four-room apartments and tend to be quite spacious. 

Choosing the Right Types of Apartments for You

As we can see, there are many options available to you when it is time to look for a new start. Having the many types of apartments clear in mind is half the battle in deciding what is right for you. 

If you are on this journey in Dallas, however, you would be remiss not to consider all that Park Fountains has to offer. Not only are our apartments complexes in a great location, but they also have enviable amenities and private parking as standard. 

Still not convinced? Then schedule a tour today and see our apartment options for yourself.

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Jul 12