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

November 05, 2020

Exterior apartment building 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 problem: should you rent an apartment or townhouse in Indianapolis?

While you can scope out a luxurious two-bedroom or a three-bedroom apartment in Indianapolis, you could go for the privacy of a townhouse. A townhouse is generally guaranteed to have individual front porches, a personal parking spot, and two or more floors. But those perks many times come with higher rent.

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

Townhouses Usually Cost More To Lease Than Apartments

Exterior view of a Indianapolis apartment.

While there are no definite rules regarding rent prices, a townhome will generally cost more per month. When you rent a townhouse, you will probably have a small usable yard in the front and back along with a personal garage. Townhouses also are set up with a two- or three-story floor plan.

Then again, you can find many apartment units within a single building. Your apartment 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 could result in a bigger rent. 

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, 800 square feet is 800 square feet 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 separate floors give you more privacy and no upstairs neighbors. With separate levels, it can be easier to determine what is your entertaining space and what’s your sleeping level. For example, you can hang out on the main level after your roommates go to sleep on the upper floor. And if your office is at home, you can put together an office space downstairs while the upstairs becomes a work-free oasis.

Both Get Full Community Amenities

Laundry room in a Indianapolis townhome.

Townhomes are going to come equipped with washer/dryer hookups. Many apartments may also come equipped with hookups like their townhome siblings. Other 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 better chance for architectural 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 your community has to offer. 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 you can greet your neighbors hello every day, you might want to avoid a common entryway. Townhomes are individual units akin to a house and occasionally have small patio spaces, allowing for more socialization on your own terms.

Both townhouses and apartments 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 Find Your New Home?

As you're looking for your next apartment or townhouse to live in Indianapolis, don’t forget to check out Linden Square Village Apartments first. We have roomy layouts, wonderful staff, and excellent amenities. Contact us at 317-333-6914 or hit the “schedule a tour button” to start your apartment hunt.