The difference between a single-family home and a villa is not so much in the construction of the house as much as the neighborhood and the costs. A villa can have a common wall with another home but, it can be a detached villa which can look and feel exactly like a single family home. A villa can be very similar to a house in that it can closely resemble a standard, single family home, but villas are also known for being luxurious, larger homes with their own gardens, vineyards or courtyards, hotel-like services and water fixtures, like pools and fountains. Because of this, villas are known as more private and elegant destinations. A villa was originally an ancient Roman upper-class country house.