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Should I Rent An Apartment Or A Townhouse in Carmel?

November 05, 2020

Exterior apartment building in Carmel

You've made the decision between buying and renting. Still, now you have the next tough decision: should you rent an apartment or townhouse in Carmel?

While you can find a roomy two-bedroom or a three-bedroom apartment in Carmel, you could lean towards the privacy of a townhouse. A townhouse is almost always guaranteed to have individual doorways, a garage, and at least two floors. But those perks usually come with higher rent.

Read on for a few key factors to think about to help you make the best decision.

Townhomes Normally Cost More In Rent Than Apartments

Exterior view of a Carmel apartment.

While there’s not any hard and fast rules regarding rent prices, townhomes will usually be higher per month. With a townhome, you will probably get a small yard plot in both the front and back and a connected garage. Townhomes also use a two- or three-story floor plan.

On the other hand, you can find many apartments side by side within a single structure. Your unit may sport an outside patio or balcony, but most likely won’t have a private unit entrance. Those townhome perks of an attached garage, private yard, and distance from neighbors may come with a bigger monthly rent. 

Get More Stories With Your Townhouse 

Space considerations use the same standard when comparing an apartment or townhouse in Carmel. In regards to floor space, 600 sq ft is 600 sq ft in both living options. And it's not uncommon to discover some apartments that are laid out with more space than a townhouse. But, apartments will normally use a single floor floor plan. Compare that to a townhome that utilizes 2 or 3 floors.

The discrete stories allow for increased privacy and no upstairs neighbors. With two stories, it can be easier to distinguish what is your entertaining space and what is your quiet level. For instance, you can hang out on the first floor after the early birds go to bed upstairs. And if you work from home, you can put together a home office on the lower level while your upstairs becomes a work-free oasis.

Both Get Full Apartment Complex Amenities

Laundry room in a Carmel townhome.

Townhouses are guaranteed to come with washer/dryer hookups. Some apartments may also have hookups like their townhome counterparts. Other apartment units come with a stackable washer/dryer or stand alone machines included, while others have building facilities instead. Your townhome may also have more closets and has a increased chance for features like a bay window.

The general community amenities come standard no matter what you decide on. You'll receive entry to the clubhouse, workcenter, and anything else your community has available. And rest assured, every living unit gets regular maintenance and appliances, as well.

Privacy Can Be the Deciding Factor On Apartment Vs. Townhouse in Carmel

Carmel townhomes with separate entrances.

Common walkways are an everyday occurrence of apartment buildings. While you can greet your building mates hello each day, you might want to avoid the trouble of a common entryway. Townhouses are solitary units akin to a traditional house and occasionally have private backyard spaces, allowing you to do meet and greets on your own terms.

Both types of units use shared walls, but your apartment may share a ceiling, floor, or both. You'll want to be more aware about noise levels living in an apartment. The absence of noise from floors and ceilings in a townhouse could also be the best pet-friendly living arrangement.

Ready To Start Looking For Your Next Home?

As you're looking for your next apartment or townhouse to rent in Carmel, make sure to visit The Legacy Towns and Flats. We have sizable units, friendly staff, and excellent amenities. Call 317-674-1318 or hit the “schedule a tour button” to begin your tour.