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An apartment (in American English) or a flat (in British English) is a self-contained housing unit (a type of residential real estate) that occupies only part of a building.

Such a building may be called an apartment building, apartment house (in American English), block of flats, tower block, high-rise or, occasionally mansion block (in British English), especially if it consists of many apartments for rent.

In Scotland it is called a block of flats or if its a traditional sandstone building a tenement, which has a pejorative connotation elsewhere. Apartments may be owned by an owner/occupier by leasehold tenure or rented by tenants (two types of housing tenure).

A villa is a luxurious house for the upper class.

Villas were originally ancient Roman upper-class country houses.

Since its origins in the Roman villa, the idea and function of a villa have evolved considerably.

After the fall of the Roman Republic, villas became small farming compounds, which were increasingly fortified in Late Antiquity, sometimes transferred to the Church for reuse as a monastery. Then they gradually re-evolved through the Middle Ages, into elegant upper-class country homes.

In modern parlance \'villa\' can refer to various types and sizes of residences, ranging from the suburban \"semi-detached\" double villa to residences in the wildland–urban interface.

A farmhouse is a building that serves as the primary residence in a rural or agricultural setting.

Historically, farmhouses were often combined with space for animals called a housebarn.

Other farmhouses may be connected to one or more barns, built to form a courtyard, or with each farm building separate from each other.

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