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Should I Rent An Apartment Or A Townhouse in Bloomington?

You've made the decision between buying and renting. Still, now you’ve got the next daunting problem: should you rent an apartment or townhouse in Bloomington?

While you can find a spacious 2-bedroom or a 3-bedroom apartment in Bloomington, you could opt for the privacy of a townhouse. A townhouse is almost always guaranteed to use separate doorways, a personal parking spot, and at least two levels. But those benefits also come with an increase in rent.

Here are a few key factors to think about so you can make a good decision.

Townhomes Normally Cost More To Lease Than Apartments

Exterior view of a Bloomington apartment.

While there’s not any definite rules regarding rent prices, a townhome will usually be higher each month. Living in a townhome, you will probably have a small yard in both the front and back and a connected garage. Townhomes also come with a two- or three-story floor plan.

On the other hand, there are many apartments side by side within one building. Your apartment may sport a patio or balcony, but there’s not a private unit entrance. Those townhome advantages of an attached garage, private yard, and distance from neighbors may come with a bigger monthly rent. 

Get More Floors With Your Townhome 

Space considerations use the same standard when choosing between renting an apartment or townhouse in Bloomington. In regards to floor space, 800 square feet is 800 square feet in both options. And it's not unusual to find some apartments that give you more space than a townhouse. However, apartments will generally use a one-story plan. Contrast that to a townhouse that is built with 2 or 3 stories.

The discrete levels give you increased privacy and no upstairs neighbors. With multiple floors, it can be simple to distinguish what is your entertaining level and what is your sleeping level. For example, you can watch TV on the first floor after the early birds go to turn in on the upper floor. And if you work from your kitchen table, you can set up a place to work on the lower level while your top level becomes a no work paradise.

Both Can Use All The Complex Amenities

Laundry room in a Bloomington townhome.

Townhouses are guaranteed to come equipped with laundry machine hookups. Some apartments might also have a place for hookups like their townhome siblings. Other units feature washer/dryers included, and some have community laundry rooms instead. Your townhouse might also have more closets and has a better chance for features like a bay window.

The general community amenities come standard for any type of unit you rent. You'll gain access to the gym, workcenter, and anything else the overall community has available. And rest assured, every living unit gets maintenance services and regular appliances, too.

Privacy Is the Deciding Factor On Townhouse Vs. Apartment in Bloomington

Bloomington townhomes with separate entrances.

Shared walkways are an ordinary part of apartment buildings. While this might be a great way to meet your building mates, you may want to circumvent a shared entryway. Townhomes are solitary units comparable to a house and occasionally have private outside areas, allowing you to do meet and greets on your own schedule.

Both apartments and townhouses use common side walls, but an apartment shares a ceiling, floor, or both. You'll want to be more understanding about your own noise level when you’re in an apartment. The absence of noise from ceilings and floors in a townhouse could also seem like a better pet-friendly living arrangement.

Ready To Start Looking For Your Next Home?

As you start the search for your new place to live in Bloomington, you should definitely check out City Flats on Tenth first. We have spacious layouts, helpful staff, and excellent amenities. Call 812-561-1974 or hit the “schedule a tour button” to start your apartment hunt.

City Flats on Tenth
3821 E. Barrington Dr. , Apt. C
BloomingtonIndiana 47408
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City Flats on Tenth
City Flats on Tenth is a luxury apartment community located at E 10th St. and N Smith Rd. in Bloomington. Owned and managed by the J.C. Hart Company, we're dedicated to helping our Residents feel at home. We offer several different floor plans and amenities to fit any lifestyle, and our Residents love living near Indiana University Campus.
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