Townhouses vs. free-standing homes

Whether you’re buying your first property or downsizing from an existing home, you’re likely to face the decision of what style of housing to purchase.

Ultimately, the dwelling you settle on will determine the lifestyle you enjoy for years to come. When you understand the benefits between townhouses and free-standing homes, you can make a more informed decision about what’s right for you.

The importance of making the right dwelling choice

What is it that you want from your property? Is it expansive outdoor spaces to enjoy the sunshine? Or, maybe you’re happy with any space providing it complements your minimalist attitude? You might even have strong opinions about neighbours and how likely you are to hear them as you potter around your abode.

Spend some time evaluating your current lifestyle, and the one you’re hoping to have with the big move. This will give you a better understanding of the best type of dwelling to facilitate that. Before looking at the pros and cons of townhouses and free-standing homes, consider what’s important to you first.

The pros and cons of townhouses vs free-standing homes

First of all, it’s important to note that what you might see as a pro someone else could see as a con. And, vice-versa. However, when you’re deciding between the two, look at:

  • How close do you want to be to your neighbours?
    With a townhouse, you’re sharing their walls. While this increases the sense of community in your area, it can feel hellish if you want absolute peace.
  • Living close to amenities
    Thanks to their smaller size, townhouses are usually closer to Canberra’s CBD. However, they might not provide the open spaces you’re seeking.
  • How comfortable are you with strata?
    If you want to own a property but you don’t want the maintenance responsibility, you might find that aiming for a townhouse brings you closer to a strata agreement. On the other hand, they don’t deliver much freedom in terms of pets and modifications. In such cases, a freestanding home is more open to customisation, but all of the maintenance falls on you.
  • What type of space is important?
    Let’s say you want a yard. Townhouses do come with them, but they’re often smaller than those that come with free-standing homes. However, if you want a yard simply to enjoy a green space rather than have one that’s big, that might not be a problem.
  • How much can you afford?
    In many cases, a lot of decisions boil down to cost. Freestanding homes are often pricier, but you could offset that by looking at a suburb further away from Canberra.

Making the decision slowly comes with benefits

Although it might seem painful to delay your purchase, careful consideration of each pro and con comes with the reward of long-term satisfaction. If you’re still needing a little guidance, you can always talk to the team at Achieve Homes. We build both types of property, which means we know the pros and cons inside out!


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