What’s a patio dwelling?

What’s a patio dwelling?
What’s a patio dwelling?


Once you’re seeking to purchase a house, your looking can flip up a variety of listings: homes, condos, townhouses and extra. In your seek for a spot that matches your price range, you may come throughout a kind of property referred to as a patio dwelling.

When you may assume a “patio dwelling” is solely an apparent description for a house with a patio, that’s not the case. We clarify extra about this frequent housing kind beneath.


Key takeaways

  • Patio houses are usually not essentially simply houses with patios (although they might properly have one).

  • They sometimes don’t have any stairs, making them supreme for seniors, folks with mobility issues and households with younger kids.

  • They’re normally a part of bigger housing communities, which regularly provide upkeep and facilities, corresponding to swimming pools and clubhouses.

What’s a patio dwelling?

“Oddly sufficient, a patio dwelling doesn’t should have a patio,” says Christine Dupont-Patz, a Realtor with RE/MAX of Cherry Creek in Denver, Colorado, who provides that patio houses are typically referred to as backyard or cluster houses.

Patio houses are sometimes a part of a group of different comparable houses. Whereas they’ll differ in look and measurement, the bulk are restricted by peak, not often exceeding one-and-a-half tales.

Patio dwelling vs. rental vs. townhouse

A patio dwelling does have one commonality with a condominium and a townhouse: They’re all thought of “hooked up residences,” which means they share partitions with different items.

“Condos usually don’t personal the land instantly underneath the property and might share a number of partitions, just like an condo,” Dupont-Patz says. “A townhome does personal the land underneath the property and infrequently has a number of ranges, with items sharing the facet partitions.”

Like a townhouse, a patio dwelling contains the land beneath the property. The distinction between these two is what’s above the bottom.

“The primary distinction between a townhome and patio house is that patio houses are on a single degree,” Dupont-Patz says. Some can prolong one other half story. “The primary dwelling area doesn’t have stairs,” she continues. “A patio dwelling can have an identical format of a ranch dwelling, with smaller sq. footage.”

Are patio houses cheaper than different choices?

Like all actual property, the worth of a patio dwelling is dependent upon measurement and placement. A 3-bedroom patio dwelling on a golf course in Wilmington, North Carolina, as an example, could have a special price ticket than an identical property in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

No matter location, the record worth of a patio dwelling may look extra interesting than a standalone property that isn’t a part of a group. There’s a catch, although: You’ll doubtless must pay HOA charges.

“Whereas a patio dwelling could price lower than an identical single-family ranch dwelling, patrons must issue within the affiliation charges,” Dupont-Patz says. “Smaller communities could cowl simply the grounds upkeep. Nonetheless, bigger communities could have swimming pools, tennis courts, clubhouses and different facilities that require substantial charges.”

When you’re interested by shopping for a patio dwelling, Dupont-Patz recommends taking an in depth take a look at notes from previous owners affiliation conferences, as “that’s usually when neighbors focus on any issues or grievances.”

The way to finance a patio dwelling

The method of discovering a mortgage lender that will help you purchase a patio house is just like the method of getting a mortgage for any rental, townhouse or single-family property. Anticipate the lender to confirm your creditworthiness and require an appraisal of the property.

Take into account that the lender will wish to be sure to cannot solely afford to repay the mortgage, but additionally pay the HOA charges. Use Bankrate’s affordability calculator to get an thought of how a lot you possibly can afford to purchase.

Who’re patio houses greatest for?

The patio dwelling fashion is a perfect match for owners who don’t wish to take care of stairs.

“Those that could have mobility points or very younger kids could require a house with no steps that might be a tripping hazard,” Dupont-Patz says. “They’re highly regarded for individuals who are downsizing, and plenty of 55-plus communities have patio houses.”

Along with the absence of stairs, there may be additionally an absence of upkeep in lots of patio dwelling communities. Many patio owners associations deal with landscaping duties, Dupont-Patz says, which negates the necessity for a garden mower and gardening instruments.

Patio dwelling execs and cons


As a result of a patio house is on the small facet, you’ll doubtless pay much less to buy it in comparison with different forms of properties. Some patio houses are in communities with clubhouses and neighborhood amenities, so it’s also possible to make the most of these options. The peak restriction could be beneficial, too, because you gained’t have to fret about climbing any stairs.


In fact, further facilities include a much bigger price ticket. Relying on what your patio dwelling group presents, you’ll should pay extra every month in dues. Plus, in the event you’re on the lookout for a number of area, a patio dwelling in all probability isn’t the best choice. You’ll be near your neighbors generally — with shared partitions, in some instances — and if you wish to escape them, you’ll have much less room inside to try this.

Different housing varieties to think about

Housing kind

Who it’s proper for


Flats are fitted to anybody seeking to keep in a main location for a less expensive worth close to buying, restaurant and leisure facilities, usually at a extra reasonably priced price than shopping for a rental or single-family dwelling.


Condos enchantment to these on the lookout for a lower-maintenance dwelling, dwelling with a way of safety, alternatives to be social with neighbors, amongst different elements.


Townhouses are a very good possibility for first-time homebuyers or different budget-minded dwelling patrons who need extra space than sometimes afforded in a rental.

Single-family dwelling

Single-family houses are greatest for households preferring an enormous yard and loads of room to unfold out. Others nonetheless desire a low-maintenance rental or townhome that features advantages like landscaping, snow elimination and exterior upkeep.

Multi-family dwelling

Multi-family houses are greatest for individuals who are excited by entering into actual property investing and are comfy with the added duty and time dedication that comes with being a landlord.


Co-ops are most frequently present in main cities, and they are often good for these on the lookout for safety or neighbors who largely adhere to the constructing’s guidelines and insurance policies.