The roots of the semi-detached home stretch as far back as the 17th century in Europe. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century that they grew in popularity as the middle class began to expand rapidly.
Semi-detached houses were first designed as a suburban compromise, in late 18th century Georgian architecture, between the terraced houses close to the city centre and the detached “villas” further out, where land was cheaper.
Semi-detached houses are typically a single-family dwelling that share one common wall and are a mirror image of one another. Between 1945 and 1964, 41% of all properties built in the United Kingdom were semi-detached houses, with this figure falling to 18% after 1980.
As the population continues to expand and the hunt for affordable luxury accommodation remains a challenge, the semi-detached house is re-emerging as a favourite.
Richfield Lifestyle Estate has reinvented this family favourite with their three- and three-and-a-half-bedroom semi-detached villas.
These luxurious units feature three en-suite bedrooms, an open-plan living and dining area, domestic quarters and a pyjama lounge. A walk outdoors will reveal a private garden, covered patio area and two parking bays with an optional pergola.
If looking out for the environment appeals to you, you will be happy to know that these units feature low-energy lighting, natural cross ventilation and optional solar heating.
These units may be a mirror image of one another, but there are endless opportunities for you to turn your semi-detached villa into a unique modern masterpiece situated in Accra’s fastest-growing middle to upper income community.