What Is a Detached House?

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A detached house is a stand-alone residential structure that does not share outside walls with another house or building. Also called a separate house or a single-detached dwelling, a detached house is typically the most desirable single-family unit.

Detached houses are common all over the world and are made in different designs, materials and structures. The advantages of a detached house are that it offers privacy, provides distance between neighbors and offers more floor space compared to attached housing. The homeowner also has the advantage of adding additional rooms if needed. A detached house has no property management fees such as those associated with townhouses and condominiums.