What is a Duplex?
A duplex is a “multi-family” home that has two units in one building – regardless of how those homes are arranged.
There are other types of housing that have multiple homes within one building, like the triplex and the fourplex. But the term “duplex” is reserved exclusively for multi-family housing with two homes.
How could a duplex benefit you?
Living in a duplex is surprisingly popular for a few reasons.
One, duplexes offer many of the benefits of a standard residential home like a yard, garage and privacy. With that in mind, duplexes are typically more affordable than a single-family home.
The affordability of duplex rentals also allows you to rent in a higher-value location than you would be able to if you were planning to rent a single-family home.
While you likely won’t have access to amenities that are common in apartment complexes like a pool or tennis courts, living in a duplex means that you only have to share common spaces with one other unit as opposed to a whole complex of people.
The downsides of a duplex
While there are a lot of advantages to a duplex, there are some things that may take getting used to, as well. There is a level of commonality that you have to be comfortable with to live happily in a duplex. You will likely share the yard and driveway with your neighbor. And, it’s sure that you’ll share a wall with them. And that neighbor could be your landlord.
You’ll also likely be responsible for your own minor repairs and maintenance, both inside and outside the home. Of course, if there are major problems, the landlord will handle those.
When renting, you have lots of different options. From single-family homes, to standard apartments to duplexes and other multi-family homes. To find a place you feel proud to call home, you must honestly examine your wants and needs and try to integrate those into your search.