The townhouses that line the streets of DC are an iconic part of our city’s architecture, and they can make for a wonderful urban family dwelling. Read below for our top items to keep in mind while searching for your dream townhome.
Because townhouses are located in even the most urban parts of DC, carefully consider the street traffic and how this noise might affect your family. If you’re a light sleeper, consider townhomes off the main drag that provide a bit of sound insulation.
Outside sound isn’t the only noise to consider. Don’t forget townhouses often share walls with neighbors, so look for end units that minimize your shared walls if you’re concerned about your extra-loud family.
Don’t be discouraged by a lack of off-street parking! Do your research on how readily available street parking is, or consider a nearby pay-per-month garage.
Be sure to ask about any HOA fees. They’re typically lower than those in high rise condos, but definitely factor these into your anticipated monthly expenses.
Consider what future renovations you may want to make, such as a rooftop patio. Would this townhouse be conducive to this change, or are there any neighborhood rules to abide by? Be sure to think long-term when shopping around.
One of the many positives to townhouse living is your proximity to everything DC! Make a list of your most desirable nearby destinations, whether that be a metro station, your favorite brunch spot, or a park to take the kids. Take these into consideration when touring a townhouse.
Time to start touring your favorite townhouses!