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What is a Townhome?

The Scoop on Townhomes

A carefully considered master-planned community will have an impressive range of homes to serve buyers in all stages, from townhomes to estate homes and everything in between.

Today, we’re going to explore what is a townhome and which buyer market it might appeal to.

Strictly speaking, a townhome is a home that shares one wall with another home. It can be one story, two stories or even four stories in urban areas. Townhomes typically have garages, front and back yards and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Exteriors mirror the style of other homes in the community, whether it be brick, stone, siding or a mix. Austin townhomes for sale are built by many of the same, recognizable builders who construct single-family homes — often in the same development.

Advantages of townhome living

There are two big advantages when it comes to opting to purchase a townhome — the price and the maintenance (or lack thereof).

Typically, townhomes will be priced below the average single-family home in a community. This opens up a community such as Santa Rita Ranch to a broader market — such as single-income households as well as those wanting to own and grow equity in a home while they are saving either for retirement, a larger home or something else.

New townhomes also promise a lower-maintenance lifestyle. Homes are smaller, meaning less to clean. And with any new home, new appliances, a new roof and other new features mean less repair work (and often lower utility bills).

No sacrificing style

And just because a townhome may be smaller than an average single-family home — the new Mirabeau neighborhood in Santa Rita Ranch will offer designs by Prominence Homes ranging from 1,384 to 1,908 square feet — the townhomes are filled with popular, upscale features. Open-concept living that dominates today’s home designs is common in townhomes, with an entire story sometimes dedicated to the kitchen, family room and dining area. Bedrooms and loft space can be found together on the second floor, which is particularly handy for families with newborns and young children. Not every townhome floor plan follows this dictate, however; other designs feature first-floor master suites as well as first-floor guest rooms.

Volume ceilings are prominent in townhome design and interior features in the new townhomes coming to Santa Rita Ranch include stainless steel appliances, extensive use of ceramic tile flooring, recessed lighting, tall baseboards and granite countertops in the kitchen, master bath and hall bath. Many townhome builders offer customizing options, giving buyers greater selection and the ability to build a townhome perfect for them.