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Real estate professionals always have a wide range of proposals for their clients. Depending on a client’s budget, they offer possible options to satisfy their needs. Nowadays, one of the most popular choices is buying a townhouse. According to the National Association of Home Builders, township construction rose by 17% during the last few years. Besides, the Association reports that the average price of a townhouse is around $198,000, of course, depending on the location.

What is a townhouse?

A townhouse is a tall terraced house, usually narrow. However, the final layout depends on its design and construction. The tradition of building condos and townhouses goes back to English architecture, and today it’s a single-family house with usually two floors. A townhouse is a type of dwelling that is just perfect for one family.

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For sure, a townhouse is a very good option for families who are about to buy a house for the first time. It’s more affordable compared to a detached home, and it’s a good idea for those who prefer a house over an apartment but have limited finances.

But, of course, there are always two sides to one coin. And if you’re considering to buy a townhouse, you’re probably wondering about all the pros and cons to make sure that your purchase is well-conceived. So, without further ado, we’ve prepared the full list of the pros and cons of buying a townhouse to help you make the right choice.

Advantages of buying a townhouse

Affordable price

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Compared to a detached house, a townhouse is way cheaper. Of course, there are several states in the U.S., for instance, where condos and townhomes are more expensive compared to other states, like Utah, Delaware, and Washington. But the average price is about $150,000 and more. Thus, it’s a great choice for potential buyers who want single-family homes, in urban areas but aren’t fond of living in an apartment.

Enough living space

Townhouses are rather spacious. The average size of a townhouse is 204 square meters, which is enough space for a family with two children. They usually have 2 floors, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in general. Thus, you will have convenient square feet and won’t have to rent extra storage space for your stuff.

Convenient location

Townhouse locationPhoto by Gerd Altmann on Pixabay [CC0]

As many detached houses are located in the suburbs, many townhouses are actually located in the town or a city itself. In New York City, one of the hottest neighborhoods with townhouses is located in Brooklyn. Townhouses are not only a great addition to the city’s architecture, but they also themselves benefit from the city’s infrastructure — such as having all necessary stores, community buildings, and hospitals at a close distance.

Thus, for people, who don’t want to move far away from the city, townhouses are a great choice.

Privacy

If you’re lucky to have quite friendly neighbors, then you are fortunate enough in terms of ensuring your privacy. Townhouses are spacious and are excellent for a young family that wants to live separately in their own house. Compared to apartment buildings, where you’re often under the strict control of a concierge, a townhouse will be a haven for your privacy.

Read more: Own A Historical Home? Here’s What You Need To Know

Disadvantages of buying a townhouse:

High home maintenance costs

Homeowner’s Association (HOA) is an organization responsible for maintaining houses to make sure that they look and function greatAverage HOA fees are about $300-400 per month and include such services as landscaping, maintaining utilities and some others.

Before buying a townhouse, make sure that you study this issue and find out the whole range of exterior maintenance services included in the monthly fees. The prices should be justified by the quality of services. Therefore, you can also ask your future neighbors if the townhouse is already built and put in commission.

Noisy neighbors

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In this case, townhouses can be compared to an apartment building. You share a common area such as a shared wall with your neighbors who can be rather noisy. It can be a real disadvantage, especially if you work from home. Some condo owners, for example, professional essay writers, need silence to concentrate on their work. In this case, neighbors can be a real distraction, whether you’re sitting at home or on a bench in the yard behind your house.

Small yards

Even though townhouses are usually very spacious, they often don’t have enough space for setting up a big cozy backyard. Often, they offer a limited area for parking a car. But again, this depends on the design of a townhouse itself, as some build the garage under the townhouse.

Still, compared to a detached house, the area around a townhouse doesn’t allow the owners to have a big yard or even a small garden.

Some unpleasant limitations

Some HOA demands may upset you when buying a townhouse. For example, HOAs don’t allow townhouse owners to have particular pets at home. So, you won’t be able to walk your dog around the yard. So if you own pets, make sure that there are no such strict demands, or find out whether there are some parks nearby where dogs and pets are allowed.

Also, some HOAs don’t allow townhouse owners to re-design their house from outside and change the initial construction design, re-paint the house or make changes to the landscape. So it’s necessary to find out about such limitations before buying a home.

To top it all…

Townhouses are very comfortable and spacious, and these main advantages attract a lot of investors. However, in the case of buying a townhouse, it is necessary to check every small detail to make sure that it will be comfortable for you in the long term.

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Read more: 7 Steps to Effective Negotiations when Buying a House

What Is a Townhouse? Pros and Cons of Buying a Townhouse was last modified: August 24th, 2019 by Kukun
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Misha
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Misha

Whenever buying a townhouse make sure to do a check of everything around it! It may look good, but you never know whats really on the inside! check everything or maybe hire somebody to check everything! We have worked with lots of clients who buy homes and for example don’t check the roof and it ends up leaking.. it becomes a pain instead of a relaxing home! Overall, good read! Really enjoyed it!

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Ridley

Living in a townhome seems like a great idea. I love the fact that they are spacious, so a small family can live in one comfortably. My wife and I are assessing our options right now, and this seems like a great one.

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Rosie Beckett

My husband and I recently graduated from college and are starting full-time jobs, so we are thinking of buying a townhome, so I am glad that I found this article. You make a great point that a townhome is much more affordable than a detached house. Also, the fact that townhomes are typically in the city would be a huge benefit because we both work in the city, so it would save us a lot of time on our commute to work.

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Thomas Jameson

It’s great that townhomes have enough space for an average family with two kids. My wife and I are looking for a new place for our family, and a townhome might be a good fit. We’ll be looking more into townhomes in the future.

Sandra Patterson
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Sandra Patterson

Thank you for your comment about a townhome being spacious enough for a family with two children. My husband and I are looking for a place where we can have our family live comfortably, and it sounds like a townhome would be perfect! We will be sure to look into finding the perfect townhome for us that is in a convenient location.

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Southern Maryland Development LLC

I didn’t find any disadvantages of buying a townhome because it is far better than buying an apartment. Keep sharing!!

Azizi Rivera Dubai
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Azizi Rivera Dubai

This is a great discussion on the buying Townhouses properties, really I have no idea about the townhouses pros & cons after reading this article, I have some idea about these properties, I remember these points. Actually, I want luxury townhouse property at Dubailand.
Thanks a lot for sharing a helpful post, have a great day!!!

Stefan Bradley
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Stefan Bradley

I’m glad you mentioned that townhouses generally offer more privacy compared to apartments. My wife and I just had a child, and we want to find a quiet place for our baby to grow up in. We will look for a townhouse that will be able to suit the needs of our child.

Derek McDoogle
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Derek McDoogle

I found it interesting when you said that the average size of a townhouse is 204 square meters. My sister wants to buy a house in an urban area but she does not want to live in an apartment. I will share this article with her so she can take a look at a few townhomes and see if that can be an option.

Ashley Johnson
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Ashley Johnson

I thought that it was interesting when you said that one thing to consider when you are trying to buy a home for your small family of two children is to purchase a townhome. I have been thinking about buying my first home for my family but I have been worried that I won’t be able to afford it. I will be sure to consider purchasing a townhome so that I can acquire a house at a more reasonable price and be able to have a home all to ourselves.

Eli Richardson
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Eli Richardson

My brother wants to buy a bigger house now that his kids have started school. I like how you directed that townhomes are essential for families because they are spacious. I’ll advise him asking his real estate agent for some townhomes for his family.

Kate Hansen
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Kate Hansen

I like how you mentioned that there is enough space for a family with kids! My husband and I are wanting to move out of our small apartment so that we can have more room for our 4-year-old twin daughters. We’ll have to look into finding a townhome to live in!