Choosing between a townhome and a single-family home? There are pros and cons to both.
The Deal with Townhomes
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- Townhouses are attached and share at least one wall with another home (maybe two).
- They generally have less land than single-family homes, which can be a real plus for people who don't like yard work and shoveling snow. Less property means less maintenance.
- Townhouses can often be more vertical than single-family homes; their footprint is smaller, but they can make up the square footage in height. You need to like climbing stairs.
- Since they're built closer together, some townhouse communities might be inherently more social and you can meet neighbors more easily than homes that are built on larger parcels of land.
- Townhomes can be more affordable than single-family homes, which is great if you're working on a tighter budget.
- You can get better bang for your buck. Many new townhomes cost less—and offer better amenities and interior upgrades—than resale single-family homes.
The Deal with Single-Family Homes
- Since they often have more land, single-family homes offer bigger backyards (plus side yards), which is great if you love to garden.
- Single-family homes can feel a bit more private than townhomes, simply because they're not attached.
- They're usually set further back from the street, giving you more of a view from your front windows.
- Some single-family homes offer more natural light than townhomes, because you can have windows on all four sides of the home.
- Townhomes sometimes don't have garages, and if they do, they're in the back of the home. Most single-family dwellings have garages, and they're in the front.
Ryan Homes Tip: Both townhome communities and single-family home communities can have home association fees. While they can be an additional expense, they can pay for maintenance and fun things like a community pool and clubhouse. Remember to ask about this when shopping for a home.