What are houses in England like?

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Types of houses

Most people in England live in urban areas. Towns and cities are spreading into their surrounding environment to cope with the increase populations. In England, an average of 7,000 hectares of farmland, countryside and green space were converted to urban use every year between 1985 and 1998. This is almost the equivalent size of 9,600 international football pitches!

Who owns houses in England?

More people are buying their own homes than in the past. About two thirds of the people in England and the rest of Britain either own, or are in the process of buying, their own home. Most others live in houses or flats that they rent from a private landlord, the local council, or housing association.

People buying their property almost always pay for it with a special loan called a mortgage, which they must repay, with interest, over a long period of time, usually 25 years.

What are houses in England like?

Most houses in England are made of stone or brick from the local area where the houses are built. The colours of the stones and bricks vary across the country.

Cost of Houses

A big problem in England is the rising cost of houses. In 1989 first-time buyers paid an average of around £40,000, in 2001 this had more than doubled to £85,000 and in 2006 to £151,565.

The cost of housing in England has increased much faster than people’s wages making it impossible for first-time buyers to get on the housing ladder unless they are in especially well-paid jobs, are able to call upon rich relatives or are prepared to buy jointly with friends.

The main types of houses in England are:

  • Detached (a house not joined to another house)

  • Semi-detached (two houses joined together)

  • Terraced (several houses joined together)

  • Flats (apartments)

The most popular type of home in England is semi-detached (more than 27% of all homes), closely followed by detached then terraced

Almost half of London’s households are flats, maisonettes or apartments.

The main types of houses in Italy:

  • Villa
    A fully detached and independent house. All floors pertain to the house. It may have one side joining an adjacent house.

  • Semi Detached Villa
    A semi detached house with independent access. All floors pertain to the house. It may have one or two sides joining adjacent houses.

  • Apartment
    Any apartment (or flat) that can’t be included in the villa or semi detached villa definitions. It may have neighbouring apartments in the levels above or below.

  • Rural House
    A rural property, usually fully independent and with outdoor spaces and garden, maintaining its original features but renovated to a good standard to serve as a vacation house.

  • Chalet
    A typical mountain house, for materials used and shape, not necessarily detached.

The most common types of houses in England are as follows:

  • Detached

  • End of terrace

  • Flat

  • Semi-detached

  • Terrace

  • Bungalow

  • Cottage

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