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What’s A Two-Thirds Family House? Deciphering Cambridge and Somerville Real Estate Terminology

Cambridge Triple-DeckerHome buyers new to the real estate search in Cambridge or Somerville and nearby towns are often perplexed by one of the terms they see in the MLS (the Multiple Listing Service).  “What the heck is a 2/3 family?” they ask. 

The MLS uses the “2/3 family” as a descriptor in the Style of Condominium field.  No question about it – it looks odd.

The term refers to condominiums in multi-unit buildings with two or three units.  Cambridge and Somerville have loads of multi-family buildings.  These wood-framed houses are typically either two-family houses or three-family houses (also called three-deckers or triple-deckers).  When these multi-families are converted to condos the “2/3 family” designation is used to denote the style of condominium building. 

The term does not refer to two-thirds of a building but to a two-family or three-family building.

The condos in a triple-decker are typically the same size and layout since a three-decker customarily consists of three, identical stacked units.

A two-unit association often contains two very different units.  While it’s true that some two-families consist of identical units – a sort of two-decker style – more often the two-family has a smaller first floor unit and a larger unit upstairs, with additional rooms on the third floor.

Are you searching for a condo?  Search here – by map or by search criteria – and see all condos available for sale in the MLS.  And if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment to see any condos that catch your eye remember – I’m only a phone call or email away!

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