I wish I had thought of the word “townplex.” It’s not a real word, but it should be, and maybe since I’m now unveiling and introducing this wonderful word to the world, a townplex trend will start. Oxford Dictionary, this is your official notice to be on new word standby.

I was meeting with a new client. The couple are selling their home and moving to a townhome. I asked, "where are you moving?" Mrs. Seller said they were moving to a townhome. Mr. Seller said they were moving to a duplex. So which was it? I asked a few questions. Is there a common wall? “Yes.” Is there one other unit attached? “Yes.” Do you own both units or just one? “One.” Then Mrs. Buyer said, “We’re moving to a townplex!”

And that’s when it hit me. Why isn’t this home style called a townplex? A duplex means, in my vocabulary, one ownership but two residences. Sometimes the address is the same, adding a “Unit 1" or "Unit 2,” and sometimes each unit has its own address. And a tri-plex means three addresses, again all in one structure. Merriam-Webster dictionary says a townhome is ”a usually single-family house of two or sometimes three stories that is usually connected to a similar house by a common sidewall.”

I Googled “townplex” and nothing came up. So I tried Merriam-Webster, again nothing.

So here is my definition: The townplex: “A single family unit, where the owner pays for all maintenance, upkeep, utilities and taxes, and where there is a shared or common wall." The “plex” says there’s more than one unit in the structure. And "town" is for the townhome definition that just isn’t descriptive enough.

Jump on my townplex bandwagon. Let’s start a new word.

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Katie Pocras, MBA, Associate Broker

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