Due to Malta’s long association with the UK, the term “bungalow” is also applied to certain property types in Malta although they can be very big and expensive, sought-after properties that often resemble villas. Because bungalows have most, if not all of the living areas on one level, they are favoured by a more mature buyer who prefers not to have to face climbing stairs to get to get to all levels of the property. Gozo has been a favourite destination for retirees for many years due to its laid-back lifestyle, unhurried culture, rural countryside and charms of yesteryear, making it the perfect place to own a bungalow after you have retired. This is not to say that all bungalows are owned by retirees, on the contrary, many younger families find the convenience of living on one level the perfect match for their lifestyle, especially if the property has a garden, a pool and place for children to play.
In other parts of the world, the word “bungalow” usually conjures up images of a not too big, single-storey building with a pitched roof with maybe some additional, smaller rooms upstairs. It is a favourite classic among retirees in the UK. On the contrary, on Gozo, a bungalow usually refers to a larger detached property, set in ample grounds and the description is often used in reference to luxury villas! Bungalows on Gozo typically offer stunning views over its surroundings and can include private swimming pools set in manicured, established gardens. Bungalows are very much lifestyle homes for affluent, bigger families with outdoor entertainment and BBQ areas and these properties may even incorporate interconnected, independent flatlets or annexes. This makes bungalows perfect for those who often have family visiting.
These large homes typically include ample parking spaces or garaging that forms an integral part of the overall property’s layout and a property can have anything up to 7 (or more) bedrooms. Bungalows are often located in exclusive estates that safeguard the privacy of its owners or can be found in outlying, upmarket and expensive areas. Homes in this category definitely fall within the luxury bracket of residential real estate. It is very common for bungalows in Gozo to have stunning views over the surrounding countryside, the channel and Malta.