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Ready to buy a house? Here are the different types of houses in Nigeria.

Posted by DanbelProInv on November 16, 2022

It is vital to know and comprehend the sort of house you want before purchasing one in Nigeria. Frequently asked questions by real estate investors are “what is a terraced duplex” and “what does a maisonette look like,” and today’s post will clarify these issues.
Due to its fantastic advantages, many investors have recently begun purchasing off-plan houses. But the dilemma of which house type to buy arises with these off-plan buildings.  Homes now come in many different sorts, designs, and shapes in Nigeria. Your preferences and financial constraints will dictate the option you choose or purchase.

Only a handful of the many types of homes we have are common in Nigeria, and they are the ones listed in this article;

  1. Block of Flats
  2. Bungalows
  3. Terraces
  4. Semi-Detached Duplexes
  5. Fully-Detached Duplexes
  6. Penthouses
  7. Maisonettes

Block of Flats

A big structure with several or many apartments, either owned by one person or by numerous people, is referred to as a block of flats.
Simply put, you live in a block of flats if you live in a flat and have neighbours who also reside in flats in the same building as you.
These images show typical Nigerian apartment blocks.



Essentially, a bungalow is a one-story building that can be found on its own (totally detached), next to another bungalow (semi detached), or in a row (terraced). Although some bungalows currently come in relatively large sizes, some individuals love bungalows possibly because of its diminutive size. Additionally, it frequently costs less than a duplex.

Amazing Property | Bungalows



Terraced homes are those that are constructed in a continuous row using a common design. To put it simply, a row of houses is formed by a pair of terraced homes that are separated by a single wall on either side. Bungalows and duplexes both include terraces, although terraced duplexes are more typical in this region of the world.

A Minimalist 4-Bedroom Terrace housing development in Lagos by cmDesign Atelier - Livin Spaces

Sem-Detached Duplexes

A home that has one wall in common with the home next to it is referred to as a semi-detached duplex. It is comparable to having two houses joined together with a fence between them, allowing the owners some kind of privacy. Typically, a semi-detached duplex is housed in a two- or three-story structure.

Semi Detached Duplex for Sale in Lagos

Fully-Detached Duplexes

A structure standing alone, generally surrounded by fencing, with no additional dwellings linked to it is referred to as a totally detached duplex. You don’t have to share a wall with anyone when you have a totally detached duplex. Simply put, you are the only landlord in the building.

For Sale: 4 Bedroom Fully Detached Duplex, Orchid Second Toll Gate, Lekki, Lagos | 4 Beds, 4 Baths (Ref: 1355597)


A penthouse is an apartment located on the top level of a residential building. In the simplest terms, a penthouse is a nicely equipped apartment on the top level of a tall structure. Due to its size and opulent amenities, a penthouse differs from the other flats in the building.

4 Bedroom Penthouse Detached for Sale in Ikoyi, Lagos |


In a structure with an interior staircase, a maisonette typically occupies the top level and spans at least two storeys. In other terms, a maisonette is a duplex that is built atop a floor or story-high structure.

For Sale: Luxury 2 Bedroom Maisonette, Ikate Elegushi, Lekki, Lagos | 2 Beds, 2 Baths (Ref: 408449)

If you are ready to buy a property, kindly reach out to us to guide you through the entire process.


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