is design's answer to the demands of individuals looking for comfort, proximity to work and ease of maintenance
. It merges the convenience of a condominium with those of a single-family residence
to address the changing lives of many homeowners.
Living in a townhome is the perfect answer for many people who are looking for convenience, ease of maintenance, security and a feeling of community
. These homes are similar to typical homes, but unlike single-family houses, they are connected to each other on either side of the unit. Townhomes bring the best of condominium and single-family living together.
For many, these advantages make buying a townhome a wise alternative to buying a single-family home -
|MORE HOUSE FOR THE MONEY|
For home buyers worried about square footage, a townhome offers a perfect solution. Generally buyers are able to afford more living space in a townhome than in a typical stand alone, single-family home. The townhome occupies a much smaller amount of real property, and builders use vertical space to get lots of square footage between the walls. Townhome builders design compact stairways and efficient hallways to give homeowners the greatest amount of square footage possible. The result is usually a much more convenient, comfortable, and spacious living area than would be achieved by purchasing a similarly priced single-family home.
|LESS EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE|
COMPARED TO A SINGLE-FAMILY HOME
Townhome living offers the benefits of limited responsibility and cost of upkeep for the property and yard. Since a townhome is attached to another dwelling, the exterior maintenance is drastically reduced. Most townhomes have smaller yard areas so yard work is minimal. To maintain a consistently well-manicured landscape, the front areas are typically maintained by homeowner association fee. The homeowner association bylaws spell out what the HOA is responsible for and what is expected of homeowners. At the end of the day, less exterior maintenance translates to money saved.
|NO NEIGHBORS ABOVE, OR BELOW|
Even though the units are connected, each unit remains separated from the rest due to a private entry to each property. The noise reduction provides a welcome benefit, because even though traditional town homes are built with neighbors on one, or both sides, no residents live above, or below you.
|OWNERSHIP INCLUDES THE LAND AND A PATCH OF GREEN|
You own the land on which your unit is built and any outdoor living space attached to your home.
|INCREASED SENSE OF SECURITY|
With neighbors close by, it is difficult for a burglar to go unnoticed. Most town home developments are well lit and the close proximity brings neighbors together. Often a sense of protectiveness between residents exists and many residents find meeting people and making new friends easier.
|VALUABLE TIME SAVINGS|
A townhome is the perfect alternative for people with busy schedules. Less maintenance is ideal for homeowners who lead fast paced lives, travel extensively, and who cannot dedicate time to the many chores associated with single-family homes.
For first-time buyers and retirees, or those who travel a lot, townhomes offer an affordable alternative to single-family homes.
Until next time,
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