What To Buy: Double-Storey or Single-Storey

The time is right, and you’ve decided to go ahead and buy a property. It could be your first foray into the Perth real estate market, or it could be your tenth. Either way, one of the biggest choices you’ll have to make is whether to choose a single-storey or a double-storey house. It might seem like a simple decision, but your choice could impact your family’s lifestyle for years to come.

What To Buy: Double-Storey or Single-Storey

If you’re wondering which kind of house is right for you and your family, we’ve listed some pros and cons of each to help you make the right choice.


Budget is often the key factor in choosing a suitable property, and double-storey homes are generally slightly more expensive than single-storey homes. But that’s not to say you can’t find a double-story home to fit your budget. You may just need some help from an experienced real estate team in Perth.

It’s worth mentioning the ongoing costs of heating and cooling a double-storey home, as this may influence your decision in the long term. Larger homes are more expensive to heat and cool, regardless of how many storeys it has.


If you have a young family, you may prefer to avoid having to cope with steep staircases and choose a single-storey home. While safety gates are easily bought and installed, you may feel safer having everyone on one level.

If you are planning on sharing your home with older relatives now or in the future, it’s worth thinking about whether stairs will pose a problem – or consider looking for a double-storey home that has a lift installed. Multi-generational homes are growing in popularity, so there should be some excellent choices available, in both single or double-storey configurations.


Everyone loves a good natural view, and for the most part, double-storey homes offer more expansive options. If you’re close to the Swan River, or the ocean, or nestled in the hills in Kalamunda, a beautiful natural landscape is a wonderful asset to any home.

We’ve noticed a growing trend in ‘upside-down’ double-storey homes, where the living areas are situated on the top floor to enjoy the views, while the bedrooms are kept downstairs.

There are some excellently located single-storey homes available, which offer other benefits, such as larger garden areas, it just depends what you feel suits your needs the best.


For many, the extra appeal of a double-storey home is found in the added privacy they can offer. If you have teenage children, you may need a little distance, and being on another level in the family home can be desirable. This extra distance could also be an advantage if you’re housing older relatives and you’d like them to have as much space as possible. 


Street appeal

As we all know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For many people, choosing a home comes down to the house feeling ‘right’ when they first see it. That feeling intensifies as you walk through a property as the emotional connection grows to the space. While double-storey homes can appear grander and more appealing, architecturally designed facades of some single-storey homes can pack a big punch.

Whatever option you choose, your property’s appearance from the road should be a key consideration for resale.

Why choose ACTON Real Estate Agents in Perth?

Whatever kind of house you choose to buy, ACTON Real Estate company in Perth is here to help. Our offices are strategically located around the elite Swan River suburbs and up and down our wonderful coastline from Mandurah to Mindarie.

Contact us today to learn more about our available properties.