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Old 03-08-2013, 04:25 PM
 
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:23 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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There is no right or wrong answer to this.

What it comes down to is your personal life, your personal needs, your personal tastes. Everybody is different!

For DH & I, a Single Family Home is the better choice. We are expecting our first baby in July and hope to have more children. Therefore, having a big back yard and room to 'play' was important. Additionally, we think we've 'outgrown' the townhouse / apartment thing.

Everyone is going to have a different opinion, you've just got to do what's best for you!
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:45 PM
 
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Generally houses are more desirable and easier to sell overall, but it depends on the area.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:08 AM
 
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Out here in AZ there is no difference between the two. (Condo or townhouse)
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:54 AM
 
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I'm sure most people will say house, but I think it really depends on the person. If you need a lot of space, you probably want a house. If you are just looking for a place to rest your head, then a condo/townhouse might be fine.

As a single person, i really wanted was a small townhouse. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I was informed by my loan officer that I could not get a loan for LESS THAN $60k. The townhouses I was looking at were much less than that, and I wasn't interested in paying any more than that for one. So, I ended up buying a 2300 ft² house and spending the next two years wishing I was in a townhouse.

For me, being in a house just meant I had a bunch of empty bedrooms and a yard I hated maintaining.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:45 AM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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For me, a single house. After years of apartment living, followed by living in an old row house, I didn't want any adjoining walls!
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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Generally a condo implies units on top, below, aside, front, back as in an apartment building. Common lobby, halls, elevator, parking sopts, etc. All in all, multi floor apartment style living.

A townhouse implies no unit on top, nor below, nor beside. Usually only one wall or maybe two side walls are shared. Usually private garage and/or driveway parking. Each has their own front door. No common doorways, lobbies, halls, etc.

Call them what you want but architectural style can vary quite a bit.

To me townhouse type living was very similar to single family home living and condo style same as living in a high rise apartment.
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Tigard, Oregon
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According to a realtor friend, from an investment perspective a standalone, detatched house is the best choice. End unit of a complex (townhouse/condo) is next.

The rest depends on your location, needs and preferences, budget and interest in outside maintenance. Condos and townhouses commonly come with less maintenance, but then there are fees to cover that, so they may not (necessarlily) be cheaper.
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:54 AM
 
Location: USA
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My choice depends on acoustics. If a condo has excellent insulation, then it would be all right. Otherwise, a house is preferable.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:50 AM
 
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As some have said, it depends on your circumstances and objectives. We are retired and have lived in upscale, non-apartment-caliber condos .. on the water in Florida for 10-years.... no yard work or home repairs; great views, privacy and security; lock the doors and travel whenever we want; Excellent resale protected by HOA standards (eg; no boats, cars, sheds in the yard - or strange house colors next door).

We previously lived for 30+ years in single family homes, while raising kids -- SFH's are probably better alternatives and neighborhoods for kids, than condos. IMO, there is very little difference between most townhomes and single-family homes ... although most TH's are much closer together than most SFH's (except those with zero lot lines). Sometimes TH's offer community lawncare services and have HOA protected exterior standards.
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