February 15, 2024
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Townhomes Vs. Single-Family Homes


As one of the premier new home builders throughout Virginia and North Carolina, we receive a lot of questions from prospective homebuyers. A recurring question that we’ve encountered is: “What is the difference between townhomes and single-family homes?” Both options come with their own set of advantages, catering to different lifestyles and preferences. We’re here to help you make an informed decision to meet your needs when it comes to your new home purchase. Let’s take a look at what makes them unique in their own ways. 

Ownership and Structure

  • Single-family homes are standalone structures, usually owned outright by the homeowner. They usually have their own land plot and are not physically connected to any other dwelling.
  • Townhomes, on the other hand, are part of a larger complex where multiple units are attached side by side. Townhomes share walls with neighboring units and often have multiple floors.

Land Ownership

  • Single-family homes typically come with a larger plot of land surrounding the house. This land can be used for various purposes like gardening, outdoor activities, or expansion.
  • Townhomes usually have a smaller footprint of land since they are part of a shared complex. The land around townhomes is often collectively owned and maintained by a homeowners' association (HOA).

Maintenance Responsibilities

  • In single-family homes, the homeowner is responsible for all maintenance and repairs, both inside and outside the house, as well as any landscaping and yard work. An exception to this rule would be if the home is located in a low-maintenance community. 
  • Townhome communities often have HOAs that manage and maintain common areas, exterior maintenance (such as roofing and siding), landscaping, and sometimes even certain utilities.

Privacy and Noise

  • Single-family homes generally offer more privacy since they are standalone structures with no shared walls. Homeowners are less likely to be disturbed by noise from neighboring properties.
  • Townhomes may have shared walls, which may result in more noise transfer between units. However, most new construction townhome complexes are designed with soundproofing measures to minimize this issue.


  • Single-family homes tend to have higher purchase prices compared to townhomes, primarily due to the larger land plots and standalone nature of the property.
  • Townhomes are often more affordable than single-family homes, making them a popular choice for first-time homebuyers or those looking for a more budget-friendly option.

Ultimately, the decision between a townhome and a single-family home comes down to personal preferences, financial considerations and lifestyle priorities. As you can see, there are advantages to both townhomes and single-family homes. When you find a home that’s built by HHHunt Homes or you call one of our communities by HHHunt Communities home, you’ll experience living at its best. With great amenities including clubhouses and pools, walking trails, homeowner events and more, you’ll fall in love no matter your choice of townhome or single-family home. By carefully weighing the pros and cons of each option and considering your unique circumstances, you can make an informed choice that aligns with your needs and aspirations. 

At HHHunt, it’s how you live that matters, and we understand and prioritize your lifestyle preferences. Whether you're seeking the low-maintenance living that townhomes provide or a single-family home, we have you covered. With homes in the most sought after areas of Central Virginia and Hampton Roads in Virginia or Raleigh-Durham, Sanford and Southern Pines in North Carolina, we have your dream home waiting for you. Contact our team today to begin your home buying journey with us.

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