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Should I Rent An Apartment Or A Townhouse in Indianapolis?

You made the decision where you can rent your next place. However, now you’ve got the next tough choice: should you rent an apartment or townhouse in Indianapolis?

While you can find a roomy 2-bedroom or a three-bedroom apartment in Indianapolis, don’t overlook the increase in privacy a townhouse brings. A townhouse in Indianapolis is generally guaranteed to have individual doorways, a personal garage, and at least two stories. But those townhouse perks many times come with higher rent.

Here are a few key factors to debate to help you make the best decision.

Townhomes Usually Cost More To Lease Than Apartments

Exterior view of a Indianapolis apartment.

While there are no definite rules for costs, a townhome will usually be higher per month. Living in a townhouse, you will probably get a small yard plot in both the front and back and a connected garage. Townhomes also are set up with a two- or three-story floor plan.

That being said, there are many apartment units together in one building. Your unit may sport a patio or terrace, but most likely won’t have a private unit entrance. Those townhome perks of a garage, yard, and distance from neighbors could come with a higher monthly rent. 

Get More Floors With A Townhome 

Square footage comparisons use the same standard 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 discover some apartments that give you more floor space than a townhome. However, apartments will usually use a single floor layout. Contrast that to a townhome that gives you either 2 or 3 levels.

The separate levels give you increased privacy and no upstairs neighbors. With separate levels, it can be easier to determine what is your playing level and what’s your quiet space. For instance, you can play a game on the main level after your roommates go to sleep on the upper floor. And if your office is at your house, you can fix a place to work downstairs while your top floor becomes a serene, work-free paradise.

Both Can Use All The Community Amenities

Laundry room in a Indianapolis townhome.

Townhouses are going to come with washer and dryer hookups. Some apartments may also come equipped with hookups like their townhome counterparts. Other apartment units feature washer/dryers included, and some have public laundry rooms instead. A townhouse could also have more closet space and has a increased chance for details like a bay window.

Community amenities come standard no matter what you rent. You'll gain access to the gym, workcenter, and anything else the overall community has for its Residents. Each apartment gets maintenance calls and appliances, too.

Privacy Can Be the X Factor On Townhouse Vs. Apartment in Indianapolis

Indianapolis townhomes with separate entrances.

Shared walkways are an ordinary part of apartment life. While this might be a fun method to meet your neighbors, you may want to circumvent a common walkway. Townhouses are individual units reminiscent to a house and occasionally have small patio areas, allowing for more socialization on your own schedule.

Both townhouses and apartments feature common side walls, but an apartment shares a floor, ceiling, or both. You'll want to be more understanding about noise levels living in an apartment. The absence of sound from ceilings and floors in a townhouse may also seem like a more pet-friendly option.

Want To Start Looking For Your New Home?

As you start the search for your new apartment or townhome to rent in Indianapolis, don’t forget to check out StoneBridge Luxury Apartment Homes. We have spacious floor plans, friendly staff, and exciting amenities. Contact us at 317-743-3314 or hit the “schedule a tour button” to start your visit.

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