What is a duplex?

Homes come in all sizes, so finding the right fit for your needs is important. A duplex is one of many housing configurations, and there are some benefits and drawbacks when buying one to live in or as an investment. If you’re considering a duplex, here’s what you need to know.



a large lawn in front of a house: A duplex home


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A duplex home

What is a duplex?

A duplex is generally a multi-family home with two separate units in one structure. Those units can be situated side by side or stacked one on top of the other. There are separate entrances for each unit, and sometimes there are separate garages and yards, as well.

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In some big cities, a single dwelling may be considered a duplex if it spans two floors of a multi-family building.

Duplexes are often confused with twin homes, which are also multi-family homes that share a wall. With a

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A Renovated Chelsea One-Bedroom for $595K and a Park Slope Garden Duplex

For under a million dollars, one can find all sorts of housing configurations: park-and-subway-adjacent studios, one-bedrooms hidden in carriage houses or former shoe factories, and even the occasional true two-bedroom. With price drops rampant across Manhattan, and vacancies high citywide, we’re combing the market for particularly spacious, nicely renovated, or otherwise worth-a-look apartments at various six-digit price points. This week: a Park Slope duplex with a private garden, a Lincoln Square one-bedroom with a revamped kitchen, and more.

Renovated Chelsea Co-op With a Sliver of Outdoor Space for $595K

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85 Eighth Avenue Apt. 4R — Though priced on the low end of one-bedrooms in Chelsea, this apartment comes extremely renovated (more so than any other apartment for sale in the building right now) and even has a small private balcony. The kitchen has marble countertops and Bosch appliances (the refrigerator, admittedly, is a bit awkwardly placed by the

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A Downtown Duplex Loft With a Balcony Over Broadway

This week for Truly Terrific we considered, among others, an almost all-black loft on Bowery and a Park Slope duplex with a ton of outdoor space. But ultimately, we chose this gut-renovated duplex loft housed behind a landmark cast-iron façade, featuring two massive arched windows and a Juliet balcony overlooking Broadway. The unit is in Bleecker Court, which has a mix of prewar and postwar structures with 243 apartments overall and a common entrance on Bleecker Street.

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Compared to similar units for sale in the building, this apartment is particularly open and spacious, with a sizable dining nook and a remodeled kitchen that sticks all the cabinets and appliances (including a Sub-Zero fridge and range with a hood that vents out) against the walls, making room for a three-seat island with a built-in wine fridge. Per listing agent Zac Rothstein, this free-flowing layout has served especially well for

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Greenwich Village Duplex Loft for Sale Comes With a Balcony

Overhead view of a large room with two big windows and an exposed brick wall.

This week for Truly Terrific we considered, among others, an almost all-black loft on Bowery and a Park Slope duplex with a ton of outdoor space. But ultimately, we chose this gut-renovated duplex loft housed behind a landmark cast-iron façade, featuring two massive arched windows and a Juliet balcony overlooking Broadway. The unit is in Bleecker Court, which has a mix of prewar and postwar structures with 243 apartments overall and a common entrance on Bleecker Street.

Compared to similar units for sale in the building, this apartment is particularly open and spacious, with a sizable dining nook

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Electrician knocks down house and builds California bungalow-inspired duplex in Hadfield Melbourne

Electrician pays off his $790,000 mortgage in just TWO years by knocking the building down – as he shares exactly how you can do it too

  • Tradesman and wife purchased stunning home in Hadfield, Melbourne, in 2018
  • The three-bedroom home at 49 Volga Street had a $790,000 mortgage
  • The sparky decided to knock the house down and build a duplex on top
  • California bungalow-inspired in nature, one side of the duplex sold for $960,000

An electrician who took a ‘big risk’ by purchasing a shabby-looking $790,000 property only to bulldoze it months later has paid off his mortgage in two years. 

The Australian tradesman and his wife bought the three-bedroom home at 49 Volga Street in 2018, seeing great potential in the Hadfield suburb estate in Melbourne.

With the help

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Bidder lays down extra $436,000 for Little Italy duplex

Forest Hill Real Estate Inc.

144 Clinton St., Toronto

Asking price: $1,399,000

Selling price: $1,835,000

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Previous selling price: $395,000 (2003)

Taxes: $7,010 (2020)

Days on the market: Nine

Listing agents: Leonard Fridman and Ashley Langille, Forest Hill Real Estate Inc.

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Both suites have an updated kitchen.

Forest Hill Real Estate Inc.

The plan had been to put this 2½-storey duplex on the market late in the year, but the sellers decided to speed things up to take advantage of low inventory levels during the summer. Priced attractively under $1.4-million, three parties were enticed to register bids on the offer date in early September.

“I’ve been selling multiplexes for 27 years and most of the time I’m creating bidding situations,” said Mr. Fridman.

“[Plus], this is in one of the better rental areas, one of the better resale areas and one of the better lifestyle

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Townhouse duplex built on spec brings $13.6M in Palm Beach


The two townhomes were developed by Todd Michael Glaser.

Darrell Hofheinz
 
| Palm Beach Daily News

Both townhouses in a duplex completed this year at 237 Brazilian Ave. have sold to the same buyer, sources familiar with the transaction told the Palm Beach Daily News.

The townhouses changed hands for a combined $13.67 million, according to the prices recorded Wednesday with the two deeds. Each five-bedroom townhouse fetched a recorded $6.83 million.

The identity of the buyer was not revealed in the preliminary information about the sales posted Wednesday on the Palm Beach County Clerk’s website. 

The townhouse project was built on speculation by developer Todd Michael Glaser, who declined to comment on the transaction.

The townhouses have a combined 12,238 square feet of living space, inside and out, building records show. Measuring four-tenths of an acre, the property is on the north side of Brazilian Avenue, a few lots

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Duplex at Manhattan Boutique Condo Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects Hits Market for $21.6 Million

A duplex residence at a boutique luxury residential building designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is coming onto the market Monday for $21.6 million, Mansion Global has learned.

Spanning the14th and 15th floors of the 20-story jewel box located on Madison Avenue between 88th and 89th streets, the home features high ceilings and views of Central Park and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, according to the developer, CBSK Ironstate, a partnership of CB Developers, SK Development and Ironstate. 

The duplex has 6,566 square feet of interior space and a 184-square-foot terrace.


The building is the smallest multifamily residential building in Manhattan to date by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, which is behind supertall towers including 15 Central Park West, 520 Park Avenue, and 220 Central Park South.

“We have designed a building with a personality all its own, but one that grows out of the traditions

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