Patio home

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Many suburban upper-middle class patio home developments feature fully landscaped common areas which are maintained by a subdivision which charges a monthly maintenance fee.

A patio home or cluster home is an American house in a suburban setting. It can be a small, freestanding structure very close to the neighbor or part of a unit of several houses attached to each other, typically with shared walls between units, and with exterior maintenance and landscaping provided through an association fee. Not all of these elements are present in all buildings called patio homes, as the term is used somewhat generically by the real estate industry.

The building may actually be a condo in which the owner holds a fractional interest in the land throughout the development, or it may be titled as a townhome in which each homeowner holds direct title to the land on which their unit is built. Targeted buyers are primarily those who do not want to be bothered by external maintenance typically associated with home ownership, sometimes because they only live in the patio home for part of the year.[1]

There is not usually a legal definition of a patio home, and some houses called patio homes may alternatively be marketed as townhouses, garden homes, twin homes,[2] or carriage homes.[3] Most taxing jurisdictions do not have a separate classification for patio homes.

The term was first seen in print in the mid-1970s.[4] In a more generic sense it may refer to a home with a prominent patio, such as some traditional Mediterranean-style homes.[5]

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  1. ^ Gomez, Teena Hammond (June 2007). "The Call of the Condo". Louisville Magazine.
  2. ^ Hedding, Judy. "Definitions of Home Styles in Phoenix Can Be Confusing". Retrieved 2007-07-05.
  3. ^ McKay, Gretchen. "Empty-Nesters Flock to Carriage, Patio Homes". Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-25.
  4. ^ "Patio". Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or participating institution membership required.)
  5. ^ Friedman, Avi (1995). "The Evolution of Design Characteristics during the Post-Second World War Housing Boom: The US Experience". Journal of Design History. 8 (2): 140–141. doi:10.1093/jdh/8.2.131.