If you are buying or selling a home, chances are good you struggle with the meaning of descriptive real estate terms. Here are explanations and definitions for more terms.

For those of you buying or selling a home, chances are good you struggle with the meaning of descriptive real estate terms. Here are explanations plus definitions for more terms.


Living Rooms and Family Rooms
When a home has both a living room and a family room, we know which is which. Previously, when an ad mentioned a family room, we could assume it also had a living room. Now some builders are building houses with Great Rooms as well and calling it the (Family Room) on the floor plan. Thus houses and their terminology seem to be evolving. I suppose new builder we speak we should just think of the room as an informal family living room.


Patio and Terrace
Both are outdoor living spaces paved with something like slate or brick. A patio is level with the ground around it. A terrace has adjoining spaces of ground which are higher, or lower, or perhaps even both.


Solarium, Sun Room or Florida Room
These terms are used to describe rooms with many many windows (often even those that slide). Many times these areas also have skylights. The choice of what to call them seems purely personal. They tend to be bright and sunny places for sitting in the garden in chilly or downright cold weather.


Jack and Jill Bathrooms
A bathroom with two doors that lead into it. It is frequently situated between two bedrooms with doors to each side. Sometimes the doors are into a bedroom and a hallway or other living space.


Waterfront and Water View
Waterfront property actually has a common boundary with (frontage on) the water. Sometimes the property line goes into the water. Water views just mean water can be seen from inside. Sometimes there is a beautiful view or not. Also, many times a new structure might block the view at some time in the future unless there is a protective covenant or something to prevent it.


If you can get the verbiage down, you’ll be way ahead in the real estate game. Look for future articles on this subject or visit our site to read more terms.