Types & Sizes of Apartments
Below are two lists with definitions: one with terms for different types of "specialty" apartments, and another with different sizes of apartments.
Types of Apartments
Classic Six Apartment - A Classic 6 apartment consists of a living room, a formal dining room, two full bedrooms, a separate kitchen, two full bathrooms (one often en-suite) and a third, smaller bedroom, still today referred to as a "maid's room," located off the kitchen. This room has a full or half bath of it's own. Learn more.
Classic Seven / Eight Apartment - A Classic 7 or Classic 8 Apartment is the same as a Classic 6, with the addition of one or two more bedrooms. While a Classic Six is one of the hardest to find, Classic Seven and Classic Eight apartments are even more rare. Learn more.
Convertible Apartment - A convertible apartment, found mostly in NYC, means that the apartment layout can accommodate adding another bedroom via the installation of a temporary pressurized wall, usually in the living room, or by adding a door to a separate dining room. A Convertible 2 (aka a Conv 2 or Flex 2) implies a one bedroom that has been, or can be, changed to a two bedroom. Learn More.
Corporate Apartment - A corporate apartment, also known as a serviced apartment, refers to a fully-furnished unit, rented on a short term basis, and aimed primarily at business travelers looking for an alternative to a hotel, especially for long term business trips. Learn More.
Duplex Apartment - Apartments of any size that have space on two separate but adjoining floors, connected by a private, interior staircase. Their unique, two-story layout allows for maximum separation of the bedrooms and other private spaces from the living and entertaining areas of the home. Learn more.
Flexible Apartment - A flexible apartment is another term for a convertible apartment (see above). Learn More.
Garden Apartment - Garden apartments can refer to two types of homes. The first is a cluster of low-rise buildings with open lawns, landscaping, and pathways. The other definition of the garden apartment is one on the ground floor that offers direct access to a backyard or garden. Learn more.
Junior 4 Apartment - An apartment in which there are four distinct rooms, usually a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen, and a formal dining room. The fourth room tends to be small, without a door that can close and latch, and the absence of a window in the room makes it illegal to rent or sell the unit as two-bedroom apartment. Learn more.
Loft Apartment - In New York City, a loft apartment is generally defined as a large, open space, usually without any internal walls, and, up until recently, usually in one-time commercial or industrial buildings that have been converted into residential apartments. Learn more.
Luxury Apartments - Luxury apartments can mean slightly different things in different markets, however, in general they refer to apartments with a higher level of finishes, amenities and services (and a higher price). Learn more.
Penthouse Apartment - The strict, architectural definition of a penthouse apartment is an apartment actually built onto the rooftop, with setbacks providing terraces with spectacular views. However, some buildings also advertise penthouse apartments that are simply on one of the uppermost floors. Learn more.
Railroad Apartment - A railroad apartment is defined as a residential unit which contains a series of rooms all of which are lined up with each other, from the front door to the back wall. The rooms are connected by a single hallway that runs the length of the residence, with each room accessible through a doorway off the hall. Learn more.
Shotgun Apartment - A variation on a Railroad Apartment, with a series of aligned rooms that are connected directly with one another, without a hallway, usually delineated either by a fold-away set of doors, or a pair of windowed French doors. Learn more.
Triplex - Similar to a Duplex Apartment, except there are three levels instead of two. Some triplex apartments use a unique layout, wherein the levels are staggered (two of the levels are stacked, while the third is to the side and lines up covering the top half of the lower, and the bottom half of the upper level). Learn More.
Sizes of Apartments
Studio Apartment - A one-room apartment, combining living area, bedroom and kitchen(ette) into a single space. The bathroom is a separate room, and though it often comes with a full bath, many studio apartment layouts include only a shower. Learn more.
Alcove Studio Apartment - This is a studio apartment, that has an alcove off the main room. Often referred to as an "L-shaped" studio. The alcove is usually utilized as a bedroom, allowing the tenant to "hide" their bed from the main living area, often by utilizing a screen or curtains. Similar to a Junior 1, except the alcove is not a separate room. Learn More.
Efficiency Apartment - In some parts of the country, a Studio Apartment is referred to as an Efficiency Apartment. Some people consider an efficiency to be smaller than a standard studio, while for others the terms are interchangeable (see also Bachelor Apartment). Learn more.
Bachelor Apartment - In some parts of the country, a Studio Apartment is referred to as an Bachelor Apartment. Some people consider a bachelor to be smaller than a standard studio, while for others the terms are interchangeable (see also Efficiency Apartment). Learn more.
Junior 1 Apartment - Essentially a studio apartment that features an additional small room, or even a large a walk-in closet. This additional room can't legally be called a bedroom because it doesn't have a window, and sometimes has no door that can be latched. Learn more.
One Bedroom Apartment - A one bedroom apartment includes a bedroom with a closet and a door that closes, a separate living room area, at least one separate bathroom (some luxury one-bedroom apartments include an additional half-bath), and, often, a separate kitchen. Learn more.
Two Bedroom Apartment - Probably the most desirable of all apartment layouts, because of the additional square footage, and for the flexibility it affords all manner of apartment living. A true two-bedroom apartment must have a two separate bedrooms, each with at least one window and a door that closes. Learn More.
Three Bedroom Apartment - Three, four and five bedroom apartments are similar to a two bedroom apartment, with the difference being additional bedrooms. Apartments of this size are fairly uncommon, but can be found in a variety of types of buildings. In densely populated areas like NYC, they generally account for about 5% of available apartments. Learn More.
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