Like the word penthouse, do the apartments built -60 centimeters below the ground floor have a particular name?

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    What is special about 60 cm as opposed to 30 cm or 90 cm? Housing terminology is very localized, and will vary by country and region.
    – choster
    Sep 17, 2019 at 18:37
  • basement apartments, lots of them in NY, for example. Don't about about the 60 centimeter thing.
    – Lambie
    Sep 17, 2019 at 18:39
  • Are the apartment's occupants gnomes? 60 centimeters below the ground floor, that's an apartment less than two-feet high. Only newborn babies could walk around in that-- if newborn babies could walk.
    – user361733
    Sep 17, 2019 at 19:07
  • @Nancy the 60 cm might be the height of the ceiling about ground level, to allow space for windows. A habitable basement is rarely fully below ground level. The ground floor then has a few steps up to its door. Sep 17, 2019 at 19:10
  • Bezad Falahati. Do you mean that the floor of the basement apartment is 60 centimetres below ground level which suggests that the floor of the ground floor apartment is around 2 metres above ground level. In my experience most basement apartments are set deeper than this, more like a metre to a metre and a half at least.
    – BoldBen
    Sep 17, 2019 at 23:54

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One such term is garden-level apartment.

A garden-level apartment is considered to be generally situated between a basement and first floor, so that people standing up inside it would find their heads at or around street level.

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a part of a building consisting of rooms that are partly or completely below the level of the ground:

  • Our kitchenware department is in the basement.
  • a basement flat

(Cambridge Dictionary)


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