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Apartment, penthouse, loft ... What are the different types of apartments?

Not all apartments are the same: If you are planning to move and buy a property, you should familiarize yourself with the different types of apartments and their characteristic features by now at the latest. A spacious apartment, a loft in a former factory where artists run their studios, a penthouse apartment in the heart of a trendy metropolis or would you prefer a 3-room apartment by a park? The choice could be easier. Your real estate agent Engel & Völkers Germany presents the different types of apartments to make your purchase decision easier.


Apartment, penthouse, loft - stylish and unusual living

Starting with the apartment, in the history of architecture the French term “appartement” is understood as a series of connected rooms in a Renaissance and Baroque palace. It usually consisted of a common room, sleeping quarters and a study. Its modern version is a living room, bedroom and kitchen in one room, but also a living and dining room with a separate bedroom. Nevertheless, spacious apartments often reach 100m² and more. Buying an apartment is an increasingly attractive option, especially for young and youthful at heart singles and couples.

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"Living in the premier class" - this is how you can reside exclusively in a penthouse on the roof of a skyscraper in New York, in the luxurious penthouse apartment in Frankfurt surrounded by spacious terraces, or on the green roof of a concrete bunker in Hamburg. The objects differ by the amount of the purchase price. A mostly exclusively furnished penthouse apartment - also called an attic apartment - is usually reached via its own elevator and impresses with its excellent, luxurious quality furnishings. It is not uncommon for penthouses to be surrounded by a roof garden or have a swimming pool. A trend in contemporary architecture with the stacked floor construction ensures that even floor penthouse apartments with surrounding terraces are built. Penthouse apartments always have one thing: a 360 ° panoramic view of the city. An exclusive pleasure that you don't have to share with a neighbor after buying this type of luxury property.


It was not just digitization that gave the conversion of commercial and industrial buildings into modern lofts a real boost. What Andy Warhol made socially acceptable in the 1960s is now part of the growing trend to redesign commercial halls and industrial buildings in an architecturally attractive way so that spacious, high and light-flooded living rooms are created on one level. The rooms retain their rustic character, with steel framework and bricks, open pipes and ventilation ducts, steel girders and fittings, iron stairs, large-area glazed walls and glass skylights. Lofts convince buyers with their attractive interior design and above all with their elegant ambience. This relatively new or reborn trend reborn in Germany that consists of ​​re-using old industrial properties in spacious commercial properties or in the middle of an urban environment is enjoying increasing popularity, especially with academics and those interested in art who want to individualize their new apartment after their purchase. In this article you will learn more about the modern apartment type “Loft”.


Maisonette or apartment - from classic and rustic to modern 

The "small house", which means maisonette, is an apartment in an apartment building, or in a high-rise building that consists of several floors, which are connected by internal stairs, with the bedroom and often the bathroom in the upper floors. Basically, maisonette apartments are at least two apartments on top of each other that mimic the feeling of living in a house. If the apartment is designed as a gallery maisonette, it also appears larger than the square meters indicate. Duplex apartments are increasingly sought after by both couples and families, and properties for sale are usually quickly removed from the market. 


An apartment with 3 rooms, a kitchen, a hallway and a bathroom - the practical standard. But also beautiful Art Nouveau apartments with high stucco ceilings, large windows, inlaid parquet and solid wood paneling are real eye-catchers and especially popular with young families, but also with couples and single people. How about, for example, a spacious apartment in a Wilhelminian style house in the renovated old building of a modern metropolis? The architecture endeavors, where possible, to turn practical apartments into domiciles with spacious entrances, spacious salons, several bedrooms, a perfectly equipped kitchen and tasteful guest toilets. It is not uncommon for terrace-like balconies and elevators with a sizable lobby on the ground floor to be included. Apartments, whether classic or unusual, have one thing in common: they have their own entrance and all rooms are on the same level. 


Whether luxurious and exclusive, modern and stylish, rustic and stately - no matter which type of apartment you choose for your purchase plan: your experienced real estate agents from Engel & Völkers Germany are at your side to advise you. Please contact our team of experts for a consultation.

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