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If you are looking for a winter getaway and the space of a house without all the maintenance, a Scottsdale townhouse or a patio home may be the right fit for you and there are a lot to choose from suiting many different lifestyles.
A townhouse is usually 2-stories and is connected to other homes in the same development by a shared wall and foundation. When you buy a townhouse, you’re subject to the rules of the development’s homeowners association and will have to pay association fees in return for some of the benefits such as maintenance but giving you more time to relax and enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather. Patio homes are usually single story and have a feel of a single family home but with small yards.
Townhouses and patio homes usually don’t cost as much as single-family homes in the same area because of the shared foundation and walls. A townhouse may save you money on cooling and heating utilities when compared to a single-family house because of the construction style.
You won’t have as much landscaping with a townhouse or a patio home as you would with a typical single-family home because the yards are much smaller. You’re also not responsible for upkeep for the areas owned by the homeowners association, such as the landscaping in the common areas.
Common areas often include amenities you’ll have access to as a townhouse or patio home owner. Benefits vary by development but may include a park area, a gym, a recreation center and a pool. You will pay for the upkeep of the facilities as part of your association fees, but the cost is shared with all the other owners. You’re also not responsible for cleaning or maintaining the common area facilities, as the association assumes the obligation.
Privacy and Security
While a townhouse aren’t as private as a single-family home, it’s often still more private than an apartment building or condo. You have more immediate neighbors in an apartment or condo building than you do in a townhome. Patio homes are fairly more private. Since you do have neighbors throughout the development and common areas, a townhouse may offer more security than a single family neighborhood. Some townhouse communities have hired security as an amenity. Also, many townhome communities are gated with restricted entrances.