Villa’s are becoming increasingly popular in St Louis evidenced by the increase in online searches by home buyers searching for a Villa. Let’s get to the question that may be going through your mind right now, what is a “Villa”, or more accurately, what type of housing in St Louis is the term “Villa” being applied to? The term “Villa” has to be one of the most misapplied terms used in the housing industry today as it’s origin goes back to Roman times when “Villa” referred a large country estate owned by a wealthy person. Today however, Villa refers more to a lifestyle than an architectural style.
What is the Villa lifestyle? Generally, when someone is looking for a Villa they have in mind something modest in size, often part of an attached home development, such as duplexes, town-houses and the like, and often gives a more care-free lifestyle as a result of lawn and landscaping maintenance, and perhaps exterior maintenance, being maintained by an association rather than the homeowner. But wait, that’s a condo, right? Well, it could be a condo but the term “condominium” refers to a type of legal ownership or title and not to an architectural style. Villa’s may be fee-simple in ownership (like a single family home where you owned a definite, and definable, chunk of dirt as well as everything on it, or it could be a condominium, where you own a percentage of the whole. The latter is probably the most common form of ownership for a villa.
In either event, a Villa offers the carefree and less hassle lifestyle many homeowners today, especially aging baby boomers that are becoming empty-nesters, are attracted to. The slide show below shows all the St Louis Villas currently available.
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