British Housing! 🏠


Hi I’m Joel, and I’m Lia and we are going
to be talking to you about British Housing. Before we start don’t forget to click subscribe
we post videos every week. Also – don’t forget to press the bell notification button. So,
British housing might sound like a little bit of an obvious thing, to us it does. But
we realise that other people might not actually know what kind of homes are available to people
in the UK. The reason it occurred to us is because when you go abroad on holiday even
has different houses in the countries that they live in. I have never seen a terraced
house in Spain! I don’t think I’ve seen a terraced house in a Mediterranean country.
No! and I certainly haven’t when I went to Florida. It was literally just, detached houses
and apartment blocks. Lets start from the beginning. So, a house that you are probably
most familiar with is a detached house which is basically just a house on it’s own. It’s
in it’s building in it’s own right. It looks a little bit like this. Detached house. Detached
houses feel to me, quite rare in London. I don’t really see many detached houses unless
I go out into a suburb of London. Yeah, which is the opposite of where, well I am assuming,
where we both grew up, it certainly was where I was from. It mainly is detached houses.
Mainly in my area it’s detached or semi [detached]. The next one is semi detached, and semi detached
is when two houses are attached together. So it’s basically one building but with a
wall right down the middle, so it’s two houses in one. In the same area as a detached house,
as in, in the same area of the country, a semi detached house might be a little bit
cheaper to buy. Yep. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s smaller in fact I’ve been into
some semi detached houses that are massive on the inside. In London, that certainly wouldn’t
affect the price. It would affect it a little bit, but you can still get multi million pound
houses that are semi-detached. Moving on. Terraced houses. Terraced houses are multiple
houses in a row, like semi detached but like 5,6,7,8,9,10 plus. I live in an end terrace
which means that, to buy, it’s slightly more expensive to live in the end terrace because
it’s technically semi detached. In terms of neighbours, you don’t have anyone on one side
of you so that’s a plus because you wouldn’t get noise from next door. Growing up, I always
thought of terraced houses as being home to more sort of working class communities. I
think lots of them are victorian, very old houses, and I think, I might not be right
here, I think when they were built they were built for workers. For people who work in
coal mines or people who work in a factory. Builders would build all these terraced houses
so that all of their workers could live in the same place. In London, terraced houses,
again can go for millions of pounds, you can get really lovely big terraced houses or you
can get really small ones which are still really lovely. Sometimes in London because
it’s so expensive terraced houses are broken off into flats. So for instance I live in
an end terrace but I live in a maisonette because I am in the top two floors of the
house and the bottom floor is a completely different flat. So that’s called a maisonette.
‘Clap my bloody maisonette down’ (throwback). The definition of a maisonette is if it has
stairs within the property. So if a property is over two floors it’s a maisonette. If it’s
a flat its just over one floor. So many different ways of living. So many different ways. So
lucky! An apartment. If someone in the UK says that
they live in an apartment, we would assume that it would be a very nice, modern high
end, spacious place to live. Whereas if you say you live in a flat, it can mean that,
it absolutely can, but your instant thought would be that maybe it’s in a tower block.
Maybe it’s not as modern as an apartment. Quite often big blocks of flats are part of
a council estate. A council flat is a flat which is owned by the government and is rented
to you by the council and often for a reduced price. So rather than your rent money going
to a private landlord, you are paying the state. Some of them are even rented free of
charge. There are houses that are given away as benefits to people who can’t afford rent.
People who might be unemployed, or can’t work for some reason, the council, or the government
have these council houses where they can allocate flats for free.They might say, we can reduce
the rent because you can afford two hundred pounds per month so we will pay the rest. Not many houses, especially in London, have
a garden. It’s actually quite nice if someone invites you to their house and they say that
they have a garden. That shouldn’t be unusual to hear, but it is. “Oh wow, you have a garden”
because so many of us live in flats or in high rise buildings so we don’t. You might
have a balcony but no garden. So guys we’ve just spoken a little bit about
the types of homes we have in the UK and what is available to live in. We hope that was
helpful, because like we have said, it’s quite an obvious topic for us because we are used
to it. But I think for lots of you guys not from the UK, I hope you’ll find it interesting.
I don’t feel like you’ve got the same types of property, not exactly the same, in your
country. So yeah, let us know in the comments any thoughts
you have about English homes. [Lia chokes] Are you okay?
I’m dying Don’t forget to click subscribe. We post videos
every week. I’m going to get her a drink. I just choked
on something. Ok you still look pretty. Thanks.

100 Replies to “British Housing! 🏠”

  1. In America when you think of an apartment you think of a more downscale place to live but a flat would be considered more upscale

  2. Until now, I had never heard of terraced homes. They look more like townhouses or row houses, but they don't appear to have much in the way of an actual terrace. I've never heard of a maisonette either. Lia makes her flat sound like an attic apartment. I'm sure it must be nicer than that.

  3. Semi detached we call a duplex Terrace we call a row home and for for military reasons so all all our spillers could bunked down after a long hard shift Love you two Your videos are awesome 👏👍xxx

  4. In North America, or more specifically, Canada and the US, if we have a washer (for clothes) in the home, it's usually in a separate space we call a laundry room. It is often close to the bathroom, sometimes in a basement, or main floor and almost always accompanied by a dryer. I have often noticed, as a big fan of British film and TV, that there is a washer in the kitchen, but never a dryer. I've heard that dryers are rare in the UK. Is that true? If so,why? Does that have to do with the cost of electricity? I can't imagine you all hang your clothes out to dry, especially since it seems to rain so often there. I think most Canadians ( and Americans) would find it extremely odd to have a clothes washer in the kitchen. It's a completely different function. Do you know if people in countries like France and Germany or other European countries do this or is this more of a British "thing"? And while I like the idea of hanging clothes out to dry (used to so it as a kid at the grandparents' home), if there is something we've become real snobs about, it's that: hanging clothes out to dry. If you can afford a semi or detached home,you better be able to afford a dryer, along with your washer. Soooo snobby. In many apartment buildings, it's actually an evictible offense to hang your clothes out to dry on your balcony. It's considered an eyesore. Especially in the bigger cities. I think small town and country folk care a lot less. But even in these areas, I see fewer places with clothes hanging out to dry. If it were me, I'd hang them out to dry. At least in spring and summer, because I like it and would enjoy annoying the snobs who don't .

  5. Terrorist houses, hahaha. I had to turn on captions in order to understand this word.

    By the way, in America this woul be row houses

  6. I'm moving to London to work as a Nurse. What price range is considered good deal? I'll be living in Harrigay.

  7. Why do u guys call town houses terraced houses? They aren't always terraced sometimes they are just flat across

  8. We have all this in the US except not really the government-owned, unless you count HUD places, often unsafe and referred to as "the projects."

  9. Wow! A house that is connected to another! I live in a single story apartment. One person on the left and 2 on the right. The noise is maddening. I can imagine what an apt bldg would be like. 🙁

  10. In the US a garden is called a yard. A garden is either a lot of flowers planted or vegetables planted in a specified area, often as part of the yard

  11. The council flat that you swooped in as an example happens to be the most expensive one yet sold on – a snip at London house prices going at £1 million for the South Ken address (if you look carefully there's a Stella McCartney below). The other ones are in the Oxo Tower, the exclusive development on the Thames, whose penthouses went to needy locals when it was converted in the 90s. One of the most controversial recipients of a council flat (yes, in the Oxo) was a new family – a DJ married to an out of work single mum with multiple kids, also known as Jade Jagger, worth £200 million and daughter of Mick. They pay £120 a week to live there.

  12. Many condo’s where I live don’t have gardens either they are using turned into extended rooms or a screened porch but we are fortunate to have one. I love your videos and thanks so much for explaining different types of cultures.

  13. The moment Lia coughed, you guys just cracked me out!!!

    ”Are you okay??”
    ”I’m dying…”

    🤣🤣🤣

  14. Here in the US we have a variety of term to refer to different types of housing. Here is a list of the common terms that I recall. Sorry but Youtube doesn't retain paragraph formatting or blank lines..
    BUNGALOW: Any simple single story house that does not have a basement.
    FARMHOUSEe: The main house that resides on a farm.
    A-FRAME HOUSE: A usually rather small house with a very steep roof that ends quite close to the ground.
    MANSION: A usually quite large and luxurious house detached house.
    RANCH: A single story farm house without a basement.
    DUPLEX House: Commonly refers to two residences separated by a single wall.
    CONDOMINIUM "CONDO": It is basically an apartment that one buys and owns. There are usually a variety of shared facilities such as gyms, play areas, recreation areas, etc.
    STUDIO or EFFICIENCY: A apartment which consists of a single room that doubles as a living/sitting, kitchenette, and bathroom.
    TOWNHOUSE: Same as what is referred to in the UK as a Terraced House. Here in the US a Terrace usually refers to level platform next to building. Also referred to as a patio or veranda.

  15. In Washington DC and NYC (for instance) we have another type of owned-apartment like condos, called CO-OPS. The difference is the form of ownership. Co-ops are like owning stock in a building. You own a share of the building. Lenders in most places don't like co-ops because the buyer doesn't get a mortgage on real property. Plus, the existing co-op owners have a board that has to approved all new purchasers.

    We also have LOFTS.. commercial buildings that are re-purposed as apartments or condos. Just to make things more confusing, if you have an apartment/condo with an upper floor, that upper floor is often called a loft.

  16. My hubby being British was blown away the first time he visited my parents. Of course like England and Republic of Ireland very few have a large garden, so when he saw that my family home in Tennessee was on 12 acres he was totally shocked and I was laughing so hard at his reaction. My mum couldn't understand why (they have never traveled outside the U.S. it was hilarious.

  17. The U.S. has row houses, nice row houses are called Townhouse. Brownstones a type of Townhouse . single and duplex. Apartments and condos. Tailers and government projects.

  18. Joel & Lia, would you enlighten us as to where the term "flat" is derived? We call rentals apartments or condos. Why "flat?"

  19. In America, a terraced house is called a row house (pronounced roe, not row as in how).
    We call a "semi-detached" house a duplex.

  20. The Grenfell Tower fire was sad I did fly your country flag at half staff until they removed the last person from there flats . That would make me think your government is like the U.S.A. Government They do not like spending money where it’s needed but can spend millions on pet projects.

  21. In Canada, we have detached houses, semi-detached, row houses (your terrace houses), duplexes (one house divided into two flats or as we call it apartments), triplexes (one house divided into 3 apartments). I don't think we have name for an apartment that has two floors. I think we just call it a two story apartment. We have co-op (short for co-operative) houses that are rented to people based on their income but they are not government owned. We have 'low income' housing also known as 'subsidized housing' or 'government housing' which is rented to low income people or people on government assistance.

    Thank you for explaining British housing. I have a number of friends in the UK and they each talk about their housing, like council flats. I didn't want to be rude by asking them if that was like our government assistance/welfare housing.

    My UK friends have also told me that they can't move to a different house unless someone is willing to change with them. I didn't really understand this. One of my friends moved to a different town about a year ago. They didn't like it and wanted to move back to their old town but they had to wait until someone was willing to trade houses with them. Is that because there aren't enough houses available? I have another friend who moved across the street from her house and is selling her old house. I guess I just found it all a bit confusing.

  22. In the US,  a single house is called a "single-family home".  A "semi-attached" is called a Duplex; 3 attached is a Triplex, then a Fourplex.  Less common are Fiveplexes and Sixplexes.  These are not in a row (like New York).  A Fourplex would be two-down stairs and two upstairs – on top.  More than that would probably be an apartment building or condo(minium).  Apartments can be worth millions, but I believe in most areas, apartments are lower income.  And then we have mobile home / trailer parks which are frowned upon.  Some states have outlawed creating new mobile home parks..

  23. Growing up in California we lived in the suburbs in a tract house. It's a neighborhood where they have houses that pretty much look the same. Here in Florida the houses are all different in the same neighborhood. Many houses have a carport instead of a garage. Some housing areas have HOA Home Owners Association were you pay a fee every month. It gives homeowners access to pools, some have gyms and community activities. It also regulates the rules and make sure people follow them. I personally dislike HOA. i don't like someone telling me I can't park my work vehicle in the driveway.

  24. Apartment, townhouses, condominium, house, two story house, mansion, studio apartment, trailer, modular, RV, government housing

  25. Those Terraced houses would be called Row Houses in Cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston or New York. Not so much here in Minneapolis as Duplexes are more common.

  26. #beingbritish why do you all call your house is Flats instead of an apartment or semi-detached houses or townhouses even why do you guys call Apartments Flats

  27. When you say “garden” do you mean what Americans call a yard? Or a place that you grow vegetables or fruit?

  28. Allow me to explain the different KINDS of "single-family homes" in the US.
    RANCHER – a single-story, usually 3BD/1BA home with an attached garage. First built in the 50's and 60's. (See "Lyon Estates" in Back to the Future)
    SPLIT-LEVEL – a two-story home with an attached garage where when you walk in the door, you are faced with two staircases – one going up to the main living area, the other going down to a basement/extra apartment. Usually built in 70's/80's.
    BUNGALOW – a 1-1/2 story house with one dormer window for an upstairs bedroom built into the roof. About the same age as Crackerbox. For example, all the neighborhood houses in the movie "Halloween" are bungalows.
    CAPE COD – like a bungalow but longer, with 2 or more dormer windows facing out the same direction in the roof.
    CRACKERBOX – a single-story house that appears very small and square (boxy) on the outside (but inside is actually quite roomy!) These were built in haste almost 100 years ago to accommodate the working families of the Industrial Revolution. Usually found in the oldest parts of big cities. The neat thing about crackerboxes is that you can walk the entire house in a circle from room to room via an open doorway in every inside wall.
    VICTORIAN – very old and rare – can be 100-200 years old. Usually very tall, 2-3 stories, multiple rooms, with lots of decorative ironwork.
    A-FRAME – A single-story cabin with a loft that has a steeply-sloping roof that reaches the ground (shaped like an "A").
    GAMBREL – a 2-story barn-shaped cabin.
    I'm sure there are more, but these were just off the top of my head!

  29. poor folks live in H.U.D. housing. mostly duplex or apartment style- these are government assisted living based on your income- a lot of single moms living off the system. Most folks live in single family homes, with a front and back yard(grass) off street parking and such. Typical homes are 1500 square feet to 3,000 sq ft. My 3,000 plus sq ft home cost $85,000 1.6 acre with 3 buildings to park 8 cars. Pretty cheap to live in Kansas for most part. A house like mine in other states could be $250,000 or more depending where you live in the US. Housing in California or New York is just stupid high for examples, were a small 200 sq ft apartment could cost $1,500 a month to rent. Just depends on the area. Here in Kansas you can buy cheap. wages are better than most, many jobs average high school educated folks can have earning 30 to 80K a year, even some 80 to 130K jobs if you work for railroad which requires no higher education. Friend of mine just bought some land 1.5 acre for 10k and built a 3,000 sq ft home for $175,000 all new. payments on this is about 1200 a month with taxes, and insurance included monthly.

  30. And is it correct that by garden in the UK, it's what us Americans call a yard? We have a yard or a lawn with grass. What we call a garden is tilled dirt where we plant vegetables & flowers.

  31. I enjoy watching "ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY" now and then and Im amazed at how expensive even the smallest houses are going for. Converted stables seem to be fairly popular. Ive also noticed that some of the houses on the registry have very low ceilings as well as rafters I couldn't stand up to my full height of 6feet 2inches without ducking. Over all though I've seen lots of houses and flats I wouldn't mind living in but couldn't afford.

  32. In Italy, a terraced house is una villa a schiera. A semidetached home is usually called terra a cielo, or earth to sky. We don’t distinguish between kinds of apartments, other than to mention if one is su due piani, etc., or on two floors, or even three floors. Most historic centers are attached homes, even grand palazzi of the medieval or renaissance eras. I live in a terra a cielo, which is a third of a very big villa.

  33. Terraced houses are “ row houses” in the U.S the terraced houses in London were not fully for workers but also for the growing middle class of the 1880’s 1890’s- (Victorianism and Victorian history major )a semi- detached is also called a duplex home. A council house in the us is called a “ housing project” or sometimes called a “ hud” house ( which is abbreviated from “ housing and urban development “ home. ( which are rented at a reduced cost for those in need)-often at 30% of ones income for elderly or disabled or families in need. I have also heard detached homes be called “ stand-alone homes” A garden apt in the u.s is often just a fancy name for a 3 level apt building and means the apt is on the basement floor.

  34. It's interesting that in the US, if you have a "garden", you have a plot of land where you are growing vegetables. What you call a garden, we refer to as a yard

  35. In the US terraced houses are called row houses. Theyre not as common as they used to be but can still be found in larger cities. And small developments are coming back in style due to the cost of detached housing.

  36. Council houses are not owned by the government though but by local government which is a different idea.
    Also by housing associations

  37. What you call "terraced" housing would be a "row house" a "brownstone" or a "town home." People don't live in detached homes in heavily populated cities like New York.

  38. I've noticed the lower middle to middle class commonly live in row homes in the midlands n other places as well like whales. Their yards n back gardens have clothesline and are both walled off lol!
    Irish homes look old and dreary on the outside but quite modern and posh on the inside. Irish make ave of 70 K a year.

  39. I've reached the top of the housing assistance list 6 weeks ago. Expires in 2 weeks and nothing is available who takes th voucher. For 1 bedroom 700 apartment id only pay 114 dollars.

  40. Had to replay it a few times, I thought they said "terrorist houses" !! Interesting to note: Condominiums don't exist outside the US…….and even in the US they only appeared around the 1960's. I was looking to see if the UK has anything similar, but I don't think they do.

  41. What I don't understand is why they don't just do detached houses in the West that are really close together like they do in Japan, just a few feet apart. That way it cuts down on the noise, but doesn't take much space.

  42. They should give housing aid in a housing spending account, rather than put everybody of low income in the same building. That is a bad idea. US and UK should change that ASAP.

  43. Here in the United States a detached house is called a single home, s semi-detached house is called a half double, terraced houses are called row homes, and of course a flat is called an apartment. You were talking about the homes the government pays for less fortunate people, we call them projects. I’m in the state of Pennsylvania and these are the housing “terms” I grew up with! Love your videos!

  44. We Americans grow veggies in our gardens and grass in our yards. We also have a preferred method to keep the grass cut. We call that a Mexican.

  45. Us equivalents are: House, duplex, townhome/townhouse, apartment (one floor or multiple), public housing. BTW, a condominium is a form of private ownership, and a condo could actually be any of those listed except public housing.

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