The word "penthouse" penthouse comes from English and means literally technical the attic or utility room. Much later it received the value of the premises for housing on the roof of a skyscraper or a separated area on the top floor of the building in connection with the shortage of living space. The structure of this space may contain the upper part of the Elevator shaft, equipment for air conditioning, as well as a staircase leading to the roof. Usually the penthouse is located in the rear of the front side of the building, so it has terraces or open areas with one of the parties.

The word "townhouse" also comes from English and means a townhouse dwelling house, several multi-level apartments with isolated inputs. Townhouses spread rapidly in European cities and suburbs. Each apartment is a townhouse, in addition to a separate entrance from the street, has, as a rule, a garage and small front garden.

Fundamental differences

In modern practice, the word "penthouse" means expensive and luxurious apartments, which offer a original panoramic view on four sides and access to the roof. This term is associated a height position that corresponds to status, high income and fame of the owner of housing at this level.

Penthouse apartment at a cost many times greater than the cost of other apartments in the same building. Because the penthouse is a symbol of prestige, many wealthy people are willing to give for it almost any money. For Russia, this is a new kind of real estate is only now gaining momentum.

Naturally, the best penthouse must have stunning panoramic views and prestigious location and high ceilings and the roofing in case you create a unique interior. The requirements also include eco-friendly construction and finishing materials, with fireplace, a winter garden, a helipad, and a full set of engineering infrastructure (energy and water supply, telecommunications, air-conditioning, heating, elevators, security).
Architectural decisions penthouses sometimes unique, they often decorated with terraces, flower beds, even a full-sized swimming pools. The luxury penthouses have private elevators.

Townhouse, in the domestic market is housing polyquarternium type in two or three floors in the Central part of the city or in the green area on the outskirts. The townhouses are built, usually in a line and each house has a separate entrance, a garage, a Parking place, and sometimes a small plot of land. In fact, it is the combination of country house and city apartment.
Townhouses are now alternative not only to a country mansion, but also to urban housing in an apartment building.

Basically, the townhouses use a vertical layout, where the upper level children's bedroom and study downstairs, living room, kitchen and utility room. Each level has a separate bathroom. This economical form of housing is intended for middle and business class.

The cost of this type of housing is almost equal to the cost of a city apartment and it is several times less than the cost of a country mansion. The demand for townhouses is quite large and the most popular are high-quality ready-towhouse in residential communities.