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Should I Rent An Apartment Or A Townhouse in Indianapolis?

November 05, 2020

Exterior apartment building in Indianapolis

You finally made the call where you should rent your next place. However, now you have another daunting problem: should you rent an apartment or townhouse in Indianapolis?

While you can find a luxurious two-bedroom or a 3-bedroom apartment in Indianapolis, don’t ignore the privacy a townhouse brings. After all, a townhouse is almost always guaranteed to have separate front porches, a personal parking spot, and at least two stories. But those benefits many times come with more rent.

Read on for a few key factors to think about to help you make the best decision.

Townhouses Normally Cost More In Rent Than Apartments

Exterior view of a Indianapolis apartment.

While you don’t have any hard and fast rules for rents, townhouses will almost always cost more each month. Living in a townhouse, you will probably have a small yard plot in the front and back and a personal garage. Townhomes also are set up with a two- or three-story floor plan.

On the other hand, there are many apartment units side by side within one structure. Your apartment may feature a patio or terrace, but most likely won’t have a private unit entrance. Those townhouse benefits of a yard, garage,, and distance from neighbors may result in a bigger rent. 

Get More Floors With A Townhouse 

Square footage comparisons use the same standard when comparing an apartment or townhouse in Indianapolis. For example, 800 square feet is 800 square feet in both living options. And it's not unusual to discover some apartments that give you more floor space than the townhouse option. However, apartments will usually utilize a one-floor layout. Townhomes utilize a multi-level layout.

The different levels give you more privacy and no upstairs neighbors. With multiple stories, it can be simple to see what is your living space and what is your private space. For instance, you can watch TV on the first floor after your roommates go to bed on the second level. And if your office is at your house, you can fix a place to work on the main floor while the top floor becomes a work-free zone.

Both Get Full Apartment Complex Amenities

Laundry room in a Indianapolis townhome.

Townhomes are going to come provided with washer/dryer hookups. Different apartments could also come equipped with hookups like their townhome siblings. Other units feature a washer and dryer included, and some have building laundry rooms instead. A townhouse may also have more closets and has a increased chance for architectural details like a bay window.

The general community amenities come standard with whatever type you get. You'll receive access to the gym, workcenter, and anything else your community has available. And rest assured, every living unit gets maintenance services and regular appliances, as well.

Privacy Is the X Factor On Apartment vs. Townhome in Indianapolis

Indianapolis townhomes with separate entrances.

Common entryways are an everyday occurrence of apartment living. This might be a great way to meet your neighbors, but you might want to circumvent the trouble of a shared walkway. Townhouses are solitary units reminiscent to a house , down to having small backyard areas, allowing you to do meet and greets on your own terms.

Both types of units use shared side walls, but your apartment may share a ceiling, floor, or both. You'll have to be more understanding about sound living in an apartment. The lack of noise from ceilings and floors in a townhouse could also seem like a more pet-friendly living arrangement.

Ready To Find Your New Home?

As your start touring for your next apartment or townhome to live in Indianapolis, don’t forget to visit Block 20 first. We have sizable units, friendly staff, and accessible amenities. Contact us at 317-218-1630 or click the “schedule a tour button” to begin your apartment hunt.

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