What Is A ‘Link-Detached’ House?

  • Find out why link-detached houses are so unique.
  • Read the pros and cons of owning a link-detached house.

Similar to a semi-detached house, the link-detached house could be the next best property for you if you’re moving out of a terraced dwelling.

Dwelling types

Some of the more common dwelling types are semi-detached, detached, and terraced. Beyond these three housing types, there are many more variations of residential buildings that are available on the housing market.

A terraced house can be found practically anywhere. These rows of housing are inexpensive to buy or rent, though they aren’t particularly glamourous. Terraced housing was designed as a solution for working class housing, allowing for more homes to be built for highly populated areas.

On the flip side, there’s detached housing, which is stand alone housing without any connected neighbours. These houses share no walls or parts, making them more expensive and popular in rural places, as opposed to the space-saving terraced houses of urban cities.

Now, link-detached is a little strange. It’s not quite a detached property, nor is it a semi-detached property. At first glance, these homes may look to be semi-detached, but because the two houses do not share a main wall, they cannot be classed as semi-detached.

Instead, the link-detached house is born. A house that is connected through one wall that is not a main wall of either home. Link-detached houses are commonly attached with a shared wall between their garages.

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A semi-detached property that is connected by the garage of each house, as well as the rest of the external wall.

Why buy a link-detached house

If the choice is between a semi-detached and a link-detached property that are around the same price, there are a number of reasons that someone might choose the link-detached property over the semi-detached one.

Having less of the house connected means that you will experience less noise from your neighbours. There’s very little that your connecting neighbours can do in their garage that would be an inconvenience to you during any given day.

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Price-wise, you can expect to pay a little more for a link-detached property, though not as much as you might pay for a detached dwelling. It does beg the question, though: Why not just buy a detached property?

The disadvantages

Because the houses are owned, your neighbour could get permission to extend their property. People who decide to extend their link-detached homes will usually add onto the garage or extend the side of their home behind the garage.

Though this is the biggest space they have available to extend their property, it does mean that the walls of their property may come extremely close to your own property. When this happens, it can be quite the annoyance, because it starts crossing the line between link- and semi-detached houses.

If you’re looking for more privacy and you have the extra money in your budget, then it’s better to splash out for a detached property. Link-detached properties are a strange middle ground between detached and semi-detached, and the price might not be worth having part of a wall still attached.

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