Whiles searching for a condo you are going to run into a few abbreviations and terms that may be important to know (they may also not be that important...). Here is a quick guide to condo types and styles.
CONDOMINIUM "TYPE" DEFINITIONS:
ATTCH (Residential Attached): Any unit that is attached and is not a townhouse.
DETCO (Detached Condominium Unit): Any unit that is located on a piece of land and is freestanding.
TOWNH (Townhouse): Individual family units (2 or more) that are lined up in a row and often each Unit will have a small yard. They have independent heating and plumbing systems; share at least one wall; and parking can be attached or detached that forms part of the unit or a common area stall. The basement and
garage areas may be included in the areas shown on the condominium plan.
APTLO (Apartment Low Rise): A building that is no higher than five (5) stories with shared heating and plumbing systems, typically titled or shared common area parking areas, common area balconies,
patios or decks and storage lockers that may be titled or exclusive use areas.
APTHI (Apartment High Rise): A building that has more than five (5) stories, with shared heating and plumbing systems, typically titled or shared common area parking areas, common area balconies, patios
or decks and storage lockers that may be titled or exclusive use areas.
STACK (Stacked Townhouses): Two units that are "stacked" one on top of the other and joined in symmetrical or asymmetrical configuration to create an interesting streetscape and a greater sense of privacy. All units have individual private access to the outside.
CONDOMINIUM "STYLE" DEFINITIONS:
STUDI (Studio): One combined living area with no designated bedroom.
APART (Single Level Apartment): All living space is contained on one level.
APARTM (Multi Level Apartment): A multi-story dwelling Unit is defined as a condominium or apartment dwelling that contains finished living space on more than one floor.
LOFT (Loft): A large open space in a factory, warehouse or other commercial space, or a type of residence that results from the conversion of such a room. Such spaces generally contain very high ceilings, large windows, and concrete floors and ceilings.
PENTH (Penthouse): A penthouse apartment is a special apartment on the top floor of a building. It may have exclusive features such as a private entrance or elevator and often occupies the entire floor.
VILLA (Villa): Typically a bungalow-style dwelling, detached or semi-detached, with an attached garage on the same level as the living area and registered under a Condominium Title. The Condominium Plan may include the garage as part of the unit size.