If you’re planning to buy this spring (or anytime soon), there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the age-old real estate debate: stacked townhouse or condo? Not to fear — today, we’re breaking down the difference for you here as well as the advantages to each style of living.
Also called a two-over-two or maisonette, the stacked townhouse is basically a row house divided into a couple two-story units, one over the other. Both units have doors that open out onto the street, making it all look like one big house. In short? A stacked townhouse isn’t quite a house or an apartment, but rather a good alternative choice in places where the only options are a detached house or a high-rise.
Today’s stacked townhouses are either sold individually as condos, or rented out as apartments in a larger complex. They’ve become popular in the DC area within the past 20 years for a couple of reasons. For starters, builders like stacked townhouses because they take up the same amount of space as one townhouse, which saves on land and infrastructure costs. Unlike traditional apartment or condo buildings, these homes don’t tend to have common hallways and lobbies that can be expensive to build and maintain. But the real allure of stacked townhouses is in the space and privacy they provide at a lower price, enabling buyers to live closer in than they could otherwise afford.
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A condominium, called “condo” for short, is a privately-owned individual unit within a community of other units. Condo owners jointly own shared common areas, such as pools, garages, elevators, outside hallways, and gyms — to name a few. While condos are usually found in high-rise buildings, you can also find detached condos in some markets.
So, why buy a condo? For many buyers, it all comes down to simplicity. Condo residents are typically only responsible for their interior, while the rest is handled by a professional management company. There’s no lawn to cut, flowerbeds to maintain, or driveways to be cleared of snow.
And then, of course, there’s the price tag. Condos have historically been more affordable than single-family homes, and that trend continues today. In fact, condos appreciated at a slower pace than that of single-family homes in 2020, according to Black Knight data, and sold for approximately 17 percent less, representing a savings of around $58,000, real estate brokerage Redfin reports.
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