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Old 05-24-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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I have another question...

Does anyone have an opinion about renting a townhome vs. a single family home? I like some of the townhomes that I have seen but my concern is we won't have as much of a family atmosphere. I want a community that we can meet other families that have young children. Since I work from home my community will be my main place for meeting new friends.

Thanks in advance
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I think townhouse communities seem to have MORE of a family feel. A lot of young families can't afford the SFH's in the area. They often have pools or community gardens or other areas that become social gathering spots, and since yards are so small kiddos tend to play in common grassy areas.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:43 AM
 
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Totally agree with CaliTerp07.
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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My husband and I live in a townhome community and although we don't have any children - we love to see all the children playing together. The kids do play in the grassy areas and we have a basketball court and playgrounds for them too as well as a pool! There are certainly plenty of children around - including most of our neighbors that have kids!
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:06 PM
 
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The biggest problem with townhouse rental is sharing a common wall with noisy inconsiderate neighbours. This can be a problem with detached homes too but when you share a wall you can hear most of what goes on in the other houses if the townhouse is flimsily built. Since many of the townhouses that have been built in the last 30 years or so were not as sturdily built as older homes, this is more of a consideration than townhomes built before the mid-20th century.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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ersatz - you have a point. I certainly don't think that our townhome built in 2003 is of remarkable quality....it's so shoddy it's ridiculous. However - they did great with soundproofing the walls. Our neighbor has a now 2 year old who still has super human lungs and we never, ever hear her....ever. But - that is in our neighborhood.... FYI - Good soundproofed townhomes can be found in Blooms Mill in Manassas
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:13 PM
 
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My husbands job he is interviewing for is in Leesburg...we are thinking Leesburg, Ashburn, Broadlands, Brambleton... how are the townhomes there?
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Old 05-24-2011, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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I think you'll find lots of newer townhomes there and that it shouldn't be an issue. I've seen that more in the 1980s type townhouses....but others may have seen different.
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:03 PM
 
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It depends on the builder and how good a job they did.

Make every effort to get out to the properties you are considering, talk to the people who live there and ask them flat out - "Knowing what you do now, would you select this property again?"
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:23 PM
 
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It seemed my choice when buying in NOVA, in my price range, was a newer TH or older SFH. Ultimately, I opted for the SFH, which was similar in square footage to a lot of the nicer THs. (Was fairly out of date, we've been progressively bringing it out of the 60s and into the 21st century) Reason being was I wanted that half acre lot for my children (someday, none just yet) to play in some day, plus the privacy & lower noise factor. Then again, I'm the type that hates big cities and would never live in one. I think there are still plenty of kids/families here, just more room for them to play in!
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