Defining the decades: Semi-detached houses

Semi-detached houses are one of the most common property type in the UK. There are 6.27 million accounted for according to a government report in 2021, meaning nearly a quarter of the population occupy a property of this type, as they make up 24% of the housing stock across England and Wales.

Between 1945 and 1964, over 40% of all properties built were as semi-detached houses, with their construction speeding up during the decades following WWII due to war damage and housing shortages, however after 1980, this fell to approximately 15%.

A semi-detached house (often abbreviated to semi) is often described as a single family duplex dwelling house that shares one common wall with the next house – typically built in pairs with each layout being a mirror image of the other.

See a few examples here:

Content chunk

Tilt Road, Cobham

With far reaching views over the stunning Tilt meadows, this three bedroom Victorian, semi-detached property is an idyllic home for someone looking for peace and tranquillity whilst having access to excellent amenities.

Content chunk

Ramillies Road, Chiswick

A charming three bedroom semi-detached family house, offering exceptional contemporary finishes throughout and further potential to extend.