AskDefine | Define residential

Dictionary Definition

residential adj
1 used or designed for residence or limited to residences; "a residential hotel"; "a residential quarter"; "a residential college"; "residential zoning" [ant: nonresidential]
2 of or relating to or connected with residence; "a residential requirement for the doctorate"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. pertaining to an area that is primarily for family residences; an area with no industrial employment centers
    They live in a residential neighborhood.


pertaining to an area that is primarily for family residences

Extensive Definition

Within a urban area there is a tendency for land uses to aggregate. A residential area is a land use in which the predominant use is housing. Housing may vary significantly between, and through, residential areas. These include single family housing, multiple family housing such as (apartments, duplexes, townhomes (or similar configurations), condominiums) or mobile homes. Zoning for residential use may permit some services or work opportunities or may totally exclude business and industry. It may permit high density land use or only permit low density uses. Residential zoning usually includes a smaller FAR (floor to area ratio) than business, commercial or industrial/manufacturing zoning.
In certain residential areas, largely rural, quite large tracts of land may exist which have no services whatsoever. Because a large distance must be traveled to access the nearest services, most journeys involve using a motor vehicle or some other form of transport. This need has resulted in Residential land development usually existing or planned infrastructure such as rail and road. The pattern of development is usually set forth in the restrictive covenants contained in the deeds to the properties in the development, but may also result from or be reinforced by zoning. Restrictive covenants are not easily changed as the agreement of all property owners (many of whom may not live in the area) may need to be obtained to effect a change.
Residential Differentiation: These are some of the various zones under which Residential Areas fall.
residential in Japanese: 住宅地
residential in Swedish: Bostadsområde
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