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Is It Better To Rent An Apartment Or A Townhouse in Indianapolis?

After a long deliberation, you figured out that you should rent your next place in Indianapolis. However, now you’ve got another tough decision: should you rent an apartment or townhouse in Indianapolis?

While you can find a luxurious two-bedroom or a three-bedroom apartment in Indianapolis, you should foot the extra rent for the additional privacy a townhouse provides. A townhouse in Indianapolis is generally guaranteed to feature individual front porches, a personal parking spot, and two or more floors. But those perks many times come with an increase in rent.

Read on for a few key considerations to debate so you can make a good decision.

Townhouses Generally Cost More To Lease Than Apartments

Exterior view of a Indianapolis apartment.

While you don’t have any hard and fast rules regarding rents, townhouses will generally cost more per month. Living in a townhouse, you will probably have a small usable yard in the front and back along with an attached garage. Townhouses also are set up with a two- or three-story floor plan.

Then again, there are many apartment units within a single building. You may sport a patio or terrace, but you won’t find a private unit entrance. Those townhome perks of an attached garage, private yard, and space from the neighbors may come with a bigger cost. 

Get Multiple Levels With A Townhouse 

Space considerations are relatively straightforward when choosing between renting an apartment or townhouse in Indianapolis. In regards to floor space, 600 sq ft is 600 sq ft in either option. And it's not unusual to see some apartments that are laid out with more square footage than the townhouse option. But, apartments will normally utilize a one-story floor plan. Contrast that to a townhouse that is built with 2 or 3 stories.

The different floors give you increased privacy and no upstairs neighbors. With separate levels, it can be easier to distinguish what is your entertaining space and what’s your sleeping level. For example, you can hang out on the main level after others go to bed on the upper floor. And if your office is at your kitchen table, you can put together a home office on the main floor while the top floor becomes a work-free paradise.

Both Can Use All The Community Amenities

Laundry room in a Indianapolis townhome.

Townhomes are going to come provided with washer and dryer hookups. Some apartments may also come equipped with hookups like their townhome cousins. Other apartment units feature a stackable washer/dryer or stand alone machines included, and some have building facilities instead. Your townhome might also have bigger closets and has a greater chance for details like a bay window.

The general community amenities come standard for any type of unit you get. You'll gain access to the clubhouse, workcenter, and everything else the complex has available. And rest assured, every living unit gets maintenance services and appliances, too.

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

Indianapolis townhomes with separate entrances.

Shared entryways are a part of apartment life. While this may be a great method to greet your neighbors, you might want to circumvent a common entryway. Townhomes are individual units reminiscent to a house and occasionally have small patio spaces, allowing for more socialization when you want to.

Both apartments and townhouses feature common side walls, but an apartment shares a floor, ceiling, or both. You'll have to be more aware about your own noise level when you’re in an apartment. The lack of noise from floors and ceilings in a townhome may also seem like the best pet-friendly option.

Want To Start Looking For Your New Home?

As you're looking for your next apartment or townhouse to live in Indianapolis, make sure to check out Linden Square Village Apartments first. We have roomy floor plans, wonderful staff, and exciting amenities. Contact us at 317-333-6914 or hit the “schedule a tour button” to start your apartment hunt.

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