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    Hi everyone, we are looking at houses for sale in England as we'll be going back within next few months.  Can anyone tell me please, what is a "maisonette"?  Is it half a house??  Or a duplex??  Thank you!  

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    A maissonette is normally an already semi-detached two storey house but split into totally self contained accommodation on each level with their own front door.  The stairs may be outside or inside.  Most are purpose-built but they can be conversions from a single semi-detached property.

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    I should add that you should be cautious of conversions because downstairs a bathroom has been added and upstairs a kitchen and it can lead to poor configurations and inadequate room sizes.  But the big problem is often inadequate sound-proofing so you get to hear the people above moving around and you know what they are watching on TV etc.


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    38 minutes ago, Gbye grey sky said:

    I should add that you should be cautious of conversions because downstairs a bathroom has been added and upstairs a kitchen and it can lead to poor configurations and inadequate room sizes.  But the big problem is often inadequate sound-proofing so you get to hear the people above moving around and you know what they are watching on TV etc.

    Hi Gbye Grey Sky, I'm not sure if my response to your answer re maisonettes was submitted properly so repeating it here for safety's sake.  Many thanks for your explanation.  I am particularly glad you mentioned about caution re neighbor noise, as that would drive me nuts, hearing other people's TVs etc.  Thank you!   

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    6 minutes ago, Beckfield said:

    Hi Gbye Grey Sky, I'm not sure if my response to your answer re maisonettes was submitted properly so repeating it here for safety's sake.  Many thanks for your explanation.  I am particularly glad you mentioned about caution re neighbor noise, as that would drive me nuts, hearing other people's TVs etc.  Thank you!   

    No problem. But just to confirm the noise issue is,  I understand, more of an issue for conversions rather than purpose-built, which is more like a flat/apartment essentially.  Another issue is responsibility for maintenance of the external facade, gardens, drive etc. as they are likely to be leasehold rather than freehold homes.

    Maisonettes can also be in a block or terrace, not just semi-detached I should have mentioned.  They will be much more affordable than houses for these reasons.


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    I know maisonettes to be in a block like flats but have two levels, so from the outside it looks like say 6 flats high but its actually only 3 

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    Are maisonettes a Southern thing? I can't remember getting them up North


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    5 minutes ago, The Pom Queen said:

    Are maisonettes a Southern thing? I can't remember getting them up North

    Get them in Scotland

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    7 minutes ago, AJ said:

    Get them in Scotland

    They tend to be called Cottage Flats in Scotland

    13 minutes ago, The Pom Queen said:

    Are maisonettes a Southern thing? I can't remember getting them up North

    According to Wiki they are also commonly called Tyneside Flats

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    Just now, welljock said:

    They tend to be called Cottage Flats in Scotland

    According to Wiki they are also commonly called Tyneside Flats

    Were definately called Maisonettes in Fife.

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    2 hours ago, Beckfield said:

    @The Pom Queen  the one I was referring to was in North Yorkshire.  

    Really @Beckfield and I was raised in North Yorkshire lol. It sounds like a posh word they would use in Harrogate or the Yorkshire Dales so that they can inflate the price lol. 


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    @The Pom Queen You may well be right !!  I've never heard of it, but by the sounds of it I probably wouldn't want one anyway.  Think I'll stick to looking for a normal house.  

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    I always think of them as being apartments but with your own front door :)

    I lived in one (modern build) and it was really nice, but as I was upstairs, no garden or outside space of my own. 

    Also watch out for 'cluster homes'. A bit of an outdated term but is basically two sets of semi-detached houses, back to back (ie, a 'cluster' of four). Usually only one or two bedrooms though.


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    @vickyplum Thank you,  good info!  I just learned yesterday what leasehold and freehold are.  So many differences.  Appreciate your input.  

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    Vickyplum is right a maisonette is a flat or unit with its own front entance so no communal spaces inside. For leasehold think strata and freehold think torrens title.

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