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

November 05, 2020

Exterior apartment building in Bloomington

You've made the call between renting and buying. Still, now you have another tough problem: should you rent an apartment or townhouse in Bloomington?

While you can find a spacious 2-bedroom or a three-bedroom apartment in Bloomington, don’t discount the privacy a townhouse can give. A townhouse is almost always guaranteed to use separate entryways, a personal garage, and at least two levels. But those perks many times come with more rent.

Consider these few key considerations to think about to help you make a good decision.

Townhomes Normally Cost More In Rent Than Apartments

Exterior view of a Bloomington apartment.

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

On the other hand, there are many apartment units within a larger structure. Your unit may feature an outside patio or terrace, but you won’t find a private entrance. Those townhome benefits of a yard, garage,, and distance from neighbors may come with a bigger monthly rent. 

Get More Floors With A Townhome 

Space considerations are relatively straightforward when choosing between renting an apartment or townhouse in Bloomington. For example, 800 square feet is 800 square feet in both options. And it's not unusual to find some apartments that give you more floor space than a townhouse. However, apartments will generally have a single floor plan. Contrast that to a townhouse that is built with 2 or 3 stories.

The separate stories allow for more privacy and no upstairs neighbors. With separate floors, it can be simple to determine what is your living level and what’s your quiet space. For instance, you can watch TV downstairs after the early birds go to turn in on the upper floor. And if you work from your house, you can set up an office space downstairs while your upstairs becomes a work-free oasis.

Both Can Use All The Complex Amenities

Laundry room in a Bloomington townhome.

Townhomes are going to come equipped with washer and dryer hookups. Different apartments may also have a place for hookups like their townhome siblings. Other apartments feature washer/dryers included, while others have community facilities instead. A townhome might also have more closets and has a increased chance for architectural details like a a breakfast nook.

Apartment complex amenities come included with whatever type you rent. You'll receive access to the clubhouse, workcenter, and anything else the complex has available. And rest assured, every living unit gets maintenance calls and regular appliances, also.

Privacy May Be the X Factor On Townhome Vs. Apartment in Bloomington

Bloomington townhomes with separate entrances.

Common hallways are an ordinary part of apartment buildings. While this might be a fun way to greet your building mates, you may want to circumvent a common walkway. Townhomes are individual units reminiscent to a traditional house , down to having small backyard areas, allowing for more socialization when you want to.

Both townhouses and apartments use shared side walls, but an apartment shares a ceiling, floor, or both. You'll have to be more conscious about noise when you’re in an apartment. The absence of noise from ceilings and floors in a townhome may also prove to be the best pet-friendly living arrangement.

Want To Find Your Next Home?

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