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Are Duplexes the New Single-Family Home?

July 22, 2020

We tend to think of single-family homes as the staple of the American Dream. The standalone structure, usually with its own spacious backyard, gives us the room, privacy, and retreat-like atmosphere to live and raise our families in a neighborhood or city we love. But in recent years, homeowners have been flocking to duplex homes more than ever before — especially residents of popular cities such as Austin, where affordability and space can be an issue. 

In fact, duplexes boast many of the same benefits as traditional homes, with a few more to add as well. Keep reading to find out what’s driving so many Austinites to consider duplex houses instead of single-family homes.

The Pros and Cons of Duplex Living

Unlike a single-family home — a standalone structure that doesn’t adjoin any other homes — a duplex utilizes two homes, side by side, adjoined by a single wall. Because duplex homes from Paradisa offer the same desirable features as single-family homes, including multiple bedrooms, private front and back yards, and the option for  luxury features, they’re often a big draw for Austin individuals and families alike. 

Curious whether a duplex is the right choice for you? Here are some benefits and drawbacks to help you decide.

Pros of Duplex Homes:

  • They’re more affordable. It should come as no surprise that Austin has claimed the title of the most expensive city in Texas — with no signs of slowing anytime soon. But that’s where duplexes, which are considerably less expensive than a traditional new home build, save the day. They’re an ideal choice for homeowners who want the best of location at a much more affordable cost. 
  • They feel like home. Apartment life means you have neighbors on all sides of you, down the halls and throughout the complex. Duplexes, on the other hand, offer the respite of truly being at home, with your own private entrance and carport or garage, when applicable. No more loud footsteps from above or squeezing past neighbors in crowded hallways!
  • They can help pay your mortgage. Many duplex owners choose to rent out their duplexes from time to time to help pay off some of their mortgage. If you’re able to do so, a duplex makes an ideal spot for travelers to stay while visiting our wonderfully quirky city. You might consider listing your duplex for summer events and music festivals, so that you can avoid the crowds of tourists—and pay off some of your mortgage while doing so. 
  • They feature must-have luxury design. Duplex living doesn’t mean you’re missing out on any of the very best in design. Paradisa Homes maximizes available space and offers desirable home features in our luxury duplexes — just like we do in our traditional home builds. You can expect a sought-after open floor plan, as well as walk-in closets in at least one bedroom. And the luxury design isn’t limited to the interior! Many owners of Paradisa duplexes choose outdoor kitchens with grills, refrigerators, and even personal swimming pools — a must for Austin summers.

Cons of Duplex Homes:

  • Shared Space With Neighbors. Unlike living in a single-family home, a duplex has some shared aspects, including a shared wall, as well as a driveway and garage if your property layout only contains one of each. 
  • Prolonged resale timeline. Because the demand for single-family homes is usually more prevalent than that for duplexes, it may take longer to resell, should you ever need to.

Paradisa Duplex Building: How It Works

Here at Paradisa Homes, each of our duplex home units are sold separately under a condominium association, which provides for separate structure and land ownership while taking into account the few shared elements.. Duplex homes from Paradisa feature all of the same contemporary must-haves as our traditional homes, including open-floor layouts, high ceilings, and an abundance of natural light. All of our duplex homes feature a shared wall, but depending on the layout of your specific property, you may have a private fence, driveway, and garage, giving you and your family the privacy and space you need. 

Want to learn more about our duplex homes? Contact us today to learn how our full-service staff of architects, designers, engineers, and construction professionals can help you design and build a space you’ll love to call home.