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Should I Rent An Apartment Or A Townhouse in Indianapolis?

November 05, 2020

Exterior apartment building in Indianapolis

After a long debate, you figured out that you should rent your next home in Indianapolis. Still, now you have the next daunting decision: should you rent an apartment or townhouse in Indianapolis?

While you can scope out a roomy two-bedroom or a three-bedroom apartment in Indianapolis, don’t overlook the increase in privacy a townhouse can give. After all, a townhouse is almost always guaranteed to use separate doorways, a garage, and two to three stories. But those benefits usually come with higher rent.

Consider these few key factors to debate so you can make a good decision.

Townhomes Usually Cost More In Rent Than Apartments

Exterior view of a Indianapolis apartment.

While you don’t have any hard and fast rules regarding costs, townhouses will generally cost more per month. Living in a townhouse, you will probably get a small usable yard in the front and back along with a personal garage. Townhomes also come with a two- or three-story floor plan.

Then again, there are many apartments together in one structure. Your apartment may feature a patio or balcony, but there’s not a private unit entrance. Those townhouse advantages of a yard, garage,, and private entrance could have a larger cost. 

Get More Levels With A Townhome 

Space considerations use the same standard when looking at an apartment or townhouse in Indianapolis. For example, 800 square feet is 800 square feet in both living options. And it's not uncommon to find some apartments that are laid out with more square footage than the townhouse option. However, apartments will usually have a one-floor layout. In contrast, a townhome will utilize either 2 or 3 levels.

The different levels give you an increase in privacy and no upstairs neighbors. With two levels, it can be easier to see what is your playing space and what’s your private space. For instance, you can hang out on the first floor after the early birds go to bed on the upper floor. And if your office is at your house, you can put together a place to work downstairs while your top level becomes a no work paradise.

Both Get All The Community Amenities

Laundry room in a Indianapolis townhome.

Townhouses are going to come provided with washer and dryer hookups. Many apartments may also have hookups like their townhouse cousins. Other units come with a stackable washer/dryer or stand alone machines already installed, or else you’ll have public facilities instead. A townhome may also have more closets and has a increased chance for features like a a breakfast nook.

The general community amenities come standard no matter what you rent. You'll receive entry to the gym, workcenter, and everything else your community has available. And rest assured, every living unit gets maintenance calls and kitchen appliances, as well.

Privacy May Be the Deciding Factor On Townhome Vs. Apartment in Indianapolis

Indianapolis townhomes with separate entrances.

Common hallways are an ordinary part of apartment living. This could be a fun way to see your neighbors, but you may want to circumvent the bustle of a shared walkway. Townhouses are solitary units comparable to a traditional house and occasionally have small backyard spaces, allowing for more socialization on your own schedule.

Both types of units feature shared side walls, but your apartment may share a ceiling, floor, or both. You'll want to be more conscious about your own noise level living in an apartment. The absence of sound from floors and ceilings in a townhome may also be the best pet-friendly option.

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