U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Virginia > Northern Virginia
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 10-20-2015, 09:19 AM
 
124 posts, read 109,262 times
Reputation: 164

Advertisements

My husband and I are thinking of moving into a townhouse in Fairfax County. You sure get lots more house for the price but of course very little land. Before our current stay in an apartment I always lived in a single family house with loads of trees, grass and flowers to look out at. I hated the yard upkeep so we budgeted $200 a month for someone else to do it.

Now to save money we are thinking of a townhouse. But:

Will I hear my neighbors through thin walls?

Will cars and motorcycles make noise in the parking lot outside my townhouse all night?

Will the neighbors be terrible because we are going to live in an area with lower cost homes?

WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIVING IN A TOWNHOUSE?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 10-20-2015, 09:36 AM
 
170 posts, read 145,988 times
Reputation: 275
Yes, poor people are terrible and they don't have silent electric cars, Curious Discussion.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-20-2015, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
3,829 posts, read 2,790,826 times
Reputation: 3680
Quote:
Originally Posted by Curious Discussion View Post
My husband and I are thinking of moving into a townhouse in Fairfax County. You sure get lots more house for the price but of course very little land. Before our current stay in an apartment I always lived in a single family house with loads of trees, grass and flowers to look out at. I hated the yard upkeep so we budgeted $200 a month for someone else to do it.

Now to save money we are thinking of a townhouse. But:

Will I hear my neighbors through thin walls?

Will cars and motorcycles make noise in the parking lot outside my townhouse all night?

Will the neighbors be terrible because we are going to live in an area with lower cost homes?

WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIVING IN A TOWNHOUSE?

I used to own a 5000sq SF home in Loudoun County and sold it and moved to a 1900sf TH in Annandale and LOVE IT. Townhomes are not the same as apartments. I cannot hear my neighbors and they have never said anything to me about my surround sound TV setup.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-20-2015, 09:41 AM
 
947 posts, read 672,777 times
Reputation: 960
It depends on how they are built and that community. We live in a quiet neighborhood with thick walls and brick all around. One neighbor has a penchant for loud bass which we hear sometimes (nothing close to an apartment though). We are in a high income area that happens to have some townhouses (Oakton) so it's not like how it might be in Burke or Merrifield necessarily.

You would need to know whether you are responsible for your yard or if it's managed by the community.

You should also know what the percentage of renters is. More renters is worse.

Just like a single family neighborhood--some have great neighbors and others suck. Are you looking at a particular one?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-20-2015, 10:42 AM
 
146 posts, read 257,872 times
Reputation: 242
It's all about the quality of construction. Ask lots of questions, and visit the prospective townhouse in the evening when the neighbors are home so you will have a better chance of hearing any noise that might bother you.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-20-2015, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Centreville, VA
154 posts, read 329,345 times
Reputation: 119
Previous threads you might find useful:

Do you really like living in a NVA townhouse?

Would you buy a TOWNHOUSE if the prices for nice single family homes were cheap?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-20-2015, 11:05 AM
 
178 posts, read 179,223 times
Reputation: 490
I rarely hear my neighbors.

I don't mind not having much of a yard. There is a lot of common green space to make the complex seem more homey.

I do think you have to be careful about not buying a townhouse that is too cheap as you may not like the kind of neighbors you get. What price range are you looking at?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-20-2015, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Vienna, NoVA
171 posts, read 266,562 times
Reputation: 83
Quote:
Originally Posted by Curious Discussion View Post
Will I hear my neighbors through thin walls?
Fortunately, we do not hear our neighbor from one side (we do live in end-unit), but our neighbor told us that he does hear his neighbors on the other side (family with children). Also as some people already pointed, check the quality of construction.

Quote:
Will cars and motorcycles make noise in the parking lot outside my townhouse all night?
I think that noise from cars will be same as in any place else. People come and go, but it is not really that noisy.

Quote:
Will the neighbors be terrible because we are going to live in an area with lower cost homes?
Lower cost homes? Not always. Some townhouses cost much more than single family houses. For example, some townhouses in Vienna or Fairfax are sold at 650-750k price range, in McLean – at a million plus, while there are plenty of single family houses farther away which are less expensive. But yes, I would be very careful to even consider buying a townhouse in a very cheap area.

Quote:
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIVING IN A TOWNHOUSE?
I like living in my townhouse and my community. But there are communities which I personally do not like because townhouses are built too close to each other, have almost no green areas around and very limited parking. So it depends.

Do your homework, visit various communities, talk to people there to see what will work for you. Good luck!

Last edited by RusUs; 10-20-2015 at 11:42 AM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-20-2015, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
5,104 posts, read 5,390,118 times
Reputation: 12612
Quote:
Originally Posted by Curious Discussion View Post
Will I hear my neighbors through thin walls?
Depends on the quality of the townhouse. I can hear my neighbors if they play their music loudly or if their kids are running through the house. It's mostly the bass that's coming through, and it's not often enough to be a problem.

I came from living in apartment, and the greatest thing was not having someone live above me. So a little noise through the side walls on occasion is bearable.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Curious Discussion View Post
Will cars and motorcycles make noise in the parking lot outside my townhouse all night?
I can hear cars in the parking lot if their music is playing loudly or if it's a motorcycle. They aren't coming and going all night long, so it's a non-issue as far as I'm concerned.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Curious Discussion View Post
Will the neighbors be terrible because we are going to live in an area with lower cost homes?
Not necessarily. Townhomes in my community are selling for around $315k-$330k. I don't notice a lower "quality" of people.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Curious Discussion View Post
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIVING IN A TOWNHOUSE?
We don't have a problem with living in a townhouse. But we do aspire to living in a single family home, preferably on at least an acre.

We live on a cul-de-sac. The greatest annoyance for my husband and I are the children playing (without adult supervision) in the parking lot.

Children running and screaming in front of the house. The screaming is enough to drive you batty, but it's causes our dog to bark excessively so we have to close the windows, shades, and shut the door even on nice days.

Who knows how many times our cars have been hit with footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, etc. Those balls and skateboards have rolled under our cars unbeknownst to us, and it's quite startling when you run over them.

And finally the safety issue - we have to keep an eagle out for a passel of kids running through the parking lot, weaving between parked cars. They are unmindful of coming traffic and how dangerous it is. And I'm talking about kids as young as 4 years old up to teenagers.

And we have a lot of green space in our community, so there is an option other than playing in the parking lot.

However, these issues more associated with living on a cul-de-sac than living in a townhome.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-20-2015, 12:56 PM
 
406 posts, read 507,799 times
Reputation: 265
I can second many of the comments here. There are some great TH communities around Fairfax County, let us know which communities you are looking at and we can provide more specific feedback.

I hear you about the yard...sometimes I can barely keep with with my tiny TH yard responsibilities...can't imagine a large SFH yard at the present moment in life
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Virginia > Northern Virginia
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top