Town Homes…Good or Bad?

Posted on June 9, 2010 | by Denny Oh

When I think of downtown San Diego condos, I think of high rises and lofts…not so much about the townhouses.  However, the town homes in downtown San Diego are a great alternative to true high rise living.  Often times, developers will build a high rise with town homes surrounding it – just think of any Bosa building, The Mark, or the Renaissance condos.

The town homes are typically 2-3 stories and offer more space than your average condo.  Most of these town homes range from about 1500-2000 square feet, but I’ve seen some that are quite larger.  Some people really like the town homes because they “feel” more like a detached home and in some ways, offer more privacy that living in the high rise portion of a building.

Another great thing about the town homes, is that they usually have a lot more outdoor space.  Many of the town homes I’ve seen are three stories with the living room, kitchen and a half bathroom downtown stairs, two bedrooms on the second floor and an open loft/office/guest room on the third floor.  Additionally, these homes will typically have a patio/outdoor space on the ground floor, a balcony on the second floor and either another balcony,  or a much larger outdoor space on the top floor.   Some condos, like at Park Place, dedicate the entire third floor to large rooftop decks.  This is great for people who like to garden, layout, entertain, or anything else!

The drawback(and to some, the pros) to these town homes, is that they’re multilevel.  I always advise my clients to think about the resale value of whatever they’re buying, even if they think they’ll never sell it…and with stairs, you automatically cut out a percentage of potential buyers.  You also won’t get much of a view from a town home, but there are pros and cons to all homes.

In some buildings, like La Vita in Little Italy, many of the town homes have private garages.  Owners of these town homes pull into the buildings main garage entrance like everyone else, but then they have an additional garage entrance to their own private space.  This is great for those of you who need/want more space and privacy.

If you’re looking for the convenience and luxury of a high rise, but want your “own space,” a town home might be the perfect fit for you.  If you’d like a list of town homes that are currently available, please call Denny Oh at 858-243-2092 or [email protected].

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