For most people, buying a home is one of the biggest investments they will ever make. When searching for your home, it can be difficult to decide what type of home fits your family and your lifestyle.
Is a single-family home the best option for your busy family? Would a townhome be more in line with your family’s lifestyle? Both styles are great options, but it’s important to make a wise decision based on your family’s unique needs.
Let’s explore the benefits of both single-family homes and townhomes to help you determine which better fits your family, lifestyle, and budget.
Single-family homes are a familiar fixture in neighborhoods and communities across the country. They are most common in suburban subdivisions or standing alone in rural areas.
In most instances, single-family homes offer:
In addition, single-family homes don’t have shared floors or walls, which means noise is reduced considerably. While you still have neighbors in a single-family home, you won’t be sharing a wall, floor, or ceiling, which reduces the probability of noise related conflicts.
Another positive characteristic of single-family homes is privacy. The space is yours and you aren’t sharing common areas with your neighbors! The added space in a single-family home also offers storage for all your “stuff” from holiday decorations to sports gear to seasonal clothing.
Whatever your family enjoys – sports, games, arts and crafts, toys, collecting – a single-family home gives you the space to store it all effectively. All the space also means your family has room to grow, whether growth means children, aging parents, or other family members. A single-family home also has the room to allow you to entertain, hosting family and friends during celebrations.
Attached homes, like townhomes, come in a wide variety of styles and sizes, designed to suit families, couples, and singles. Some attached homes are multi-storied buildings featuring condos, or smaller units of connected townhomes, with multiple levels. As connected homes, townhomes and other attached dwellings, share walls, roofs, and sometimes floors. In most instances, these types of homes share clubhouses, pools, parks, gardens, and parking, though some offer private garages and storage spaces.
While HOA (homeowners association) fees are a part of many communities (single-family and attached homes), for townhomes this means low maintenance living. Lawn care, pool cleaning, exterior painting and other maintenance, like roof repair, may be part of the package, ultimately saving you time and money, and allowing you more time to enjoy all that life has to offer.
If budget concerns are on your mind during your home search, it is important to note that townhomes are often more affordable than single-family homes. In many cases, you can get a similarly sized townhome for thousands less than a single-family home.
Townhomes are also a great choice for those who travel frequently for work or family visits, offering an added measure of security and peace of mind. While a single-family homeowner may need someone to watch over various aspects (security, pool maintenance, lawn care, storm damage, etc.) while away, townhome owners have no such worries. Townhomes also offer ideal spaces for minimalists. If you are a minimalist, using your funds for vacations, education, philanthropic endeavors, and not possessions, a townhome might be the perfect choice for you.
Check out our blog to learn more about the benefits of living in a townhome in St. Johns County, St. Augustine, and Jacksonville – https://www.beaconlake.com/blog/townhome-living-benefits/.
Whatever your dream home – a spacious single-family home or a luxury townhome – Beacon Lake is the place for you and your family. This amazing family-friendly community offers the best of both with a variety of floorplans and amenities galore, you are sure to find the home of your dreams, the perfect fit for you and your family!