Duplex homes are common in the Vail Valley – two separate families on the same piece of property. Very efficient! You’ll see them in almost all locations – though not so much in the ‘village’ areas of Vail or Beaver Creek. You’ll find mostly condominiums and townhomes there.
A duplex house is a residence, again with two separate living areas and connected by a common or ‘party’ wall (the wall that is in the middle of the properties). This ‘party’ wall spans from the ground level to the upper point of the home. This wall is not where your celebrations occur, but is, more like a ‘common’ wall in the property. The location of the common wall varies in location and size.
You’ll see separate entrances for two households. This includes two-story houses having a complete apartment on each floor and also side-by-side apartments on a single lot that share a common wall. By contrast, a building comprising two attached units on two distinct properties is typically considered semi-detached or twin homes but sometimes also duplex.
The term “duplex” can’t be extended to three-unit and four-unit buildings, as they would be referred to with specific terms such as triplex and fourplex or quadplex/quadruplex. Because of the flexibility of the term, the line between an apartment building and a duplex is somewhat blurred, with apartment buildings tending to be bigger, while duplexes are usually the size of a normal house.