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A single apartment home is generally one story/one floor; however, there are several instances where apartment homes can have two floors. Generally, speaking, an apartment with two floors is either a loft, bi-level apartment, townhome rental, or even a duplex.

Two floor apartments can be very beneficial for those looking for more space, or simply prefer to have that multi-level living experience. You may find two-floor apartments are impractical or inaccessible. If accessibility isn’t an issue, then two-floor apartments could be very useful for you.

Here are four common apartment types with two floors.

1. Loft Apartment

Although the layout of loft apartments vary, a loft apartment typically features a living space downstairs and then a staircase that leads to an upper level that can usually be used as a bedroom or office. There may or may not be a bathroom in this loft space.

These types of apartments are usually further characterized by an open ceiling concept where you could stand at the top of the staircase and see the living space below you providing an open concept.

2. Bi-Level Apartment

A bi-level apartment has two floors with a staircase. Bi-level apartments are rare but certainly possible, and since you typically pay for apartments based on square footage, expect to pay more for these apartments, as with most two floor apartments.

3. Townhome Rental

You can also have a townhome rental which can be two or more floors whereby you have your own private entrance. Townhomes usually offer more space and might even include a private parking spot for you. To make matters more complicated, there is something called a ‘stacked townhome’ which are two townhomes stacked on on top of each other, each with private entrance.

4. Duplex

A duplex house plan tends to include two living units attached to each other, either next to or above (meaning two floors). Usually duplexes are occupied by two different families/individuals, but you could of course request to rent out both parts of the duplex, but of course be prepared for double rent.

Most apartments, with the few exceptions noted here, are one level. If you’re looking for a two story apartment, consider a loft apartment, bi-level apartment, townhome rental, or duplex.


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