Patio homes are popular residences for many in the Wilmington, NC area. Often affordable, patio homes offer low maintenance living. Commonly the HOA takes care of the yard and exterior maintenace. In many patio home communities, there are pools and clubhouses, tennis and more.
These are just a few examples.
I thought this was a great sumary of patio homes, provided by Wikipedia:
A patio home is an American term for a type of housing, also called a cluster home. The term tends to imply a suburban setting and a unit of several houses attached to each other, typically with shared walls between units, and with exterior maintenance and landscaping provided through an association fee. Not all of these elements are present in all buildings called patio homes, as the term is used somewhat generically by the real estate industry.
The building may actually be a condo when the building's owner does not own the land, or it may be sold in fee simple. Targeted buyers are primarily those who do not want to be bothered by external maintenance typically associated with home ownership, sometimes because they only live in the patio home for part of the year.
There is not usually a legal definition of a patio home, and some houses called patio homes may alternatively be marketed as townhouses, garden homes, twin homes, or carriage homes. Most taxing jurisdictions do not have a separate classification for patio homes.