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Choosing Between Villas and Duplexes: A Buyer's Guide

Blox Social
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Sep 23, 2023

With so many housing options to choose from, real estate buying can get very tricky at times. Take the example of a villa and duplex. While both of them sound very promising for a potential buyer, which one should they ultimately decide to choose. In that regard, you will say that one should settle for a home that best suits their preferences. But that is the easy answer. The better answer would be to become a discerning, informed home buyer by knowing the real difference between villa and duplex and then making the decision as to which one suits their needs and lifestyle better.

In a nutshell, the difference between a villa and a duplex might seem rather trivial: while the former is typically an independent home built in a secluded, lush area to offer ultimate privacy, the latter is a type of expansive apartment with two intertwined floors inside. However, if you dive deeper with us, you are bound to gain profound insights on how they both stand out from each other. That should really guide you in choosing one over the other.  

In this buyer’s guide, we will compare villas and duplexes on various factors, such as space, privacy, maintenance, amenities, and resale value. We will also give you some tips on how to choose the best option for you. 

Villa vs Duplexes: Understanding the Real Estate Jargon

The first question any discerning buyer would ask is: what actually is a villa and what is a duplex. So, let us answer this first. 

What is a villa?

Villas are like bungalows, but more laidback and private. They are sprawling homes, often detached or semi-detached, that tend to be located in nature’s lap. Thus, you are likely to find a villa in a suburban or even rural area, closer to natural beauty such as beaches, mountains, forests, etc. 

Another distinct feature of a villa is that they are often constructed in a very Mediterranean style, comprising white walls and reddish tiles and roofs. Villas are luxury homes and also come well-appointed with gardens, larger rooms and bathrooms, and lavish features like swimming pools. All in all, villas are a typical luxury home that can serve as one’s retreat from the busy nature of urban living.

What is a duplex?

Coming to a duplex, it is a type of a home – typically an apartment in a residential or gated society – that is divided into two – as the name suggests. Thus, both the units of a duplex home often have their own entrances, bedrooms, kitchens, living areas, bathrooms, and more. It’s like having two homes in one. 

These two distinct units are built as two floors, typically connected via a staircase. From the outside, a duplex seems like one single residential unit. While not as luxurious or spacious as villas, duplexes have their own charm and are considered luxury homes in urban societies where space is at a premium. They are often preferred by bachelors or larger families. Many people also invest into villas so as to rent them out to office-goers in the area. 

Making the Choice Between Villas and Duplexes

While the larger difference between a villa and a duplex should be clear by now, we will now tally the distinctions better to help you make the right choice.

  • Looking for space? Consider villas. How much space are you looking for? If you need than two bedrooms and bathrooms or if you have pets or children, a villa might be your preference. However, if one or two bedrooms and bathrooms suffice or if you live alone or with a partner, a duplex could be more suitable.
  • Seeking an affordable home? Duplexes could be the answer. How much can you afford? If your budget allows for the upfront and ongoing costs associated with owning a villa, such as home loan payments, property taxes, insurance, maintenance fees, etc. then a villa might suit your needs. On the hand, if you have budget constraints and wish to save on housing expenses or generate rental income from your property, a duplex may be the way to go.
  • Craving privacy? Villas offer that. How important is privacy to you? If having neighbours doesn't bother you or if being part of a community appeals to you, then a duplex might be preferable. However, if seclusion and independence are what you desire or if sharing walls and amenities isn't your thing, then opting for a villa would provide the desired level of privacy.
  • In search of amenities? Both options have their perks. If you're looking for access to amenities like pools, gyms, playgrounds and more you might find a duplex within a complex or community that provides these facilities preferable. However, if you desire your private amenities such, as a garden, garage, pool and so on a villa could be the better choice.

Final Thoughts

Both villas and duplexes would require significant investment in today’s real estate climate – more so for the former than the latter. Therefore, any decision you take in deciding between the two must consider the above-mentioned factors. At the end of the day, you should check out the best deals on offer for both of them in the location you desire, and then make a decision. All things said, both villas and duplexes cater to modern, lavish lifestyles, and you simply cannot go wrong with your choice.

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