Apartment

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An apartment (American English), flat (British English, Indian English) or unit (Australian English) is a self-contained housing unit (a type of residential real estate) that occupies only part of a building, generally on a single storey.wikipedia
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Condominium

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The housing tenure of apartments also varies considerably, from large-scale public housing, to owner occupancy within what is legally a condominium (strata title or commonhold), to tenants renting from a private landlord (see leasehold estate). In the United States, some apartment-dwellers own their units, either as a housing cooperative, in which the residents own shares of a corporation that owns the building or development; or in a condominium, whose residents own their apartments and share ownership of the public spaces.
A condominium, often shortened to condo, in the United States of America and in most Canadian provinces, is a type of living space similar to an apartment but independently sellable and therefore regarded as real estate.

Housing tenure

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The housing tenure of apartments also varies considerably, from large-scale public housing, to owner occupancy within what is legally a condominium (strata title or commonhold), to tenants renting from a private landlord (see leasehold estate).
Housing tenure refers to the financial arrangements under which someone has the right to live in a house or apartment.

Public housing

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The housing tenure of apartments also varies considerably, from large-scale public housing, to owner occupancy within what is legally a condominium (strata title or commonhold), to tenants renting from a private landlord (see leasehold estate).
Some philanthropists began to provide housing in tenement blocks, and some factory owners built entire villages for their workers, such as Saltaire in 1853 and Port Sunlight in 1888.

Real estate

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An apartment (American English), flat (British English, Indian English) or unit (Australian English) is a self-contained housing unit (a type of residential real estate) that occupies only part of a building, generally on a single storey.

Strata title

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The housing tenure of apartments also varies considerably, from large-scale public housing, to owner occupancy within what is legally a condominium (strata title or commonhold), to tenants renting from a private landlord (see leasehold estate).
Strata title is a form of ownership devised for multi-level apartment blocks and horizontal subdivisions with shared areas.

Owner-occupancy

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The housing tenure of apartments also varies considerably, from large-scale public housing, to owner occupancy within what is legally a condominium (strata title or commonhold), to tenants renting from a private landlord (see leasehold estate).
This home can be house, apartment, condominium, or a housing cooperative.

Storey

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An apartment (American English), flat (British English, Indian English) or unit (Australian English) is a self-contained housing unit (a type of residential real estate) that occupies only part of a building, generally on a single storey.
In English, the principal floor or main floor of a house is the floor that contains the chief apartments; it is usually the ground floor, or the floor above.

Commonhold

The housing tenure of apartments also varies considerably, from large-scale public housing, to owner occupancy within what is legally a condominium (strata title or commonhold), to tenants renting from a private landlord (see leasehold estate).
It involves the indefinite freehold tenure of part of a multi-occupancy building (typically a flat) with shared ownership of and responsibility for common areas and services.

Building

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Apartment buildings are multi-story buildings where three or more residences are contained within one structure.
Multi-family residential buildings containing more than one dwelling unit are called a duplex or an apartment building.

Bedroom

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Bachelor apartment, one-bedroom, etc.; see below.
A bedroom is a room of a house, mansion, castle, palace, hotel, dormitory, apartment, condominium, duplex or townhouse where people sleep.

Skyscraper

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There is no clear difference between a tower block and a skyscraper, although a building with fifty or more stories is generally considered a skyscraper.
Cairo in the 16th century had high-rise apartment buildings where the two lower floors were for commercial and storage purposes and the multiple stories above them were rented out to tenants.

English basement

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One American term for this arrangement is an English basement.
An English basement is an apartment on the lowest floor of a building, generally a townhouse or brownstone, which is partially below and partially above ground level and which has its own separate entrance from the rest of the building.

Public housing in the United Kingdom

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Some public housing in the United Kingdom was designed as scissor section flats.
From the 1950s, blocks of flats and three- or four-storey blocks of maisonettes were widely built, alongside large developments of terraced housing, while the 1960s and (to some degree) the 1970s saw construction of many high-rise tower blocks.

Mansion

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In Japanese English loanwords (Wasei-eigo), the term apartment (apaato) is used for lower-income housing and mansion (manshon) is used for high-end apartments; but both terms refer to what English-speakers regard as an apartment (or condominium) and not the level of luxury of a mansion in English parlance.
In British English a mansion block refers to a block of flats or apartments designed for the appearance of grandeur.

Penthouse apartment

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On a grander level, penthouses may have more than one storey, to emphasise the idea of space and luxury.
A penthouse apartment or a penthouse (coined through French appentier) is an apartment or unit on the highest floor of an apartment building, condominium, or hotel.

Dingbat (building)

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In the Sun Belt, boxy small apartment buildings called dingbats, often with carports below, sprang up from the 1950s.
A dingbat is a type of formulaic apartment building that flourished in the Sun Belt region of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s, a vernacular variation of shoebox style "stucco boxes".

Three-decker (house)

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See Three-decker (house).
A certain type of three-story apartment building is often called a three-decker or triple-decker in the United States.

American English

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An apartment (American English), flat (British English, Indian English) or unit (Australian English) is a self-contained housing unit (a type of residential real estate) that occupies only part of a building, generally on a single storey.
New forms of dwelling created new terms (lot, waterfront) and types of homes like log cabin, adobe in the 18th century; apartment, shanty in the 19th century; project, condominium, townhouse, mobile home in the 20th century; and parts thereof (driveway, breezeway, backyard).

Scissor section flat

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Some public housing in the United Kingdom was designed as scissor section flats.
The scissor section flat is a distinctive way of arranging the flats in an apartment block that was developed in the 1950s by London County Council Architects department.

Duplex (building)

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"Duplex" refers to two separate units with a common demising wall or floor-ceiling assembly.
Because of the flexibility of the term, the line between an apartment building and a duplex is somewhat blurred, with apartment buildings tending to be bigger, while duplexes are usually the size of a normal house.

House in multiple occupation

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A bedsit is not self-contained and so is not an apartment or flat as this article uses the terms; it forms part of what the UK government calls a House in multiple occupation.
Houses may be divided up into self-contained flats, bed-sitting rooms or simple lodgings.

Housing cooperative

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In the United States, some apartment-dwellers own their units, either as a housing cooperative, in which the residents own shares of a corporation that owns the building or development; or in a condominium, whose residents own their apartments and share ownership of the public spaces.
A (house) owners' association (Vereniging van Eigenaren, VvE) is by Dutch law established wherever there are separately owned apartments in one building.

Housing unit

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An apartment (American English), flat (British English, Indian English) or unit (Australian English) is a self-contained housing unit (a type of residential real estate) that occupies only part of a building, generally on a single storey.
It can be hard to discern precisely what attributes distinguish some multi-dwelling developments as units from those referred to as flats or apartments, but everyday usage suggests there is a class dimension to the term.

Tyneside flat

A maisonette could encompass Tyneside flats, pairs of single-storey flats within a two-storey terrace.
They are pairs of single-storey flats within a two-storey terrace, a common type of Victorian housing in urban England.

Serviced apartment

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Serviced apartments, intended to be convenient for shorter stays, include soft furnishings and kitchen utensils, and maid service.
A serviced apartment (also known as a service apartment or an extended stay apartment) is a fully furnished apartment available for short-term or long-term stay, providing hotel-like amenities such as room service, house keeping, a fitness center, a laundry room, and a rec room.