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Should I Rent An Apartment Or A Townhouse in Lafayette?

November 05, 2020

Exterior apartment building in Lafayette

You made the call where you can rent your next home. Now you’ve got the next tough problem: should you rent an apartment or townhouse in Lafayette?

While you can find a roomy two-bedroom or a 3-bedroom apartment in Lafayette, you could lean towards the privacy of a townhouse. A townhouse in Lafayette is generally guaranteed to use individual doorways, a personal parking spot, and two to three levels. But those townhouse perks usually come with higher rent.

Here are a few key considerations to think about to help you make a good decision.

Townhouses Generally Cost More To Rent Than Apartments

Exterior view of a Lafayette apartment.

While there are no definite rules for rent prices, townhomes will generally be higher per month. Living in a townhouse, you normally get a small yard in both the front and back along with a personal garage. Townhomes also are set up with a two- or three-story floor plan.

That being said, you can find many apartment units within a single building. Your unit may sport an outside patio or terrace, but you won’t find a private entrance. Those townhouse advantages of a garage, yard, and distance from neighbors may come with a larger cost. 

Get Multiple Floors With A Townhome 

Square footage comparisons are relatively straightforward when looking at an apartment or townhouse in Lafayette. In every floor plan, 800 square feet is 800 square feet in both options. And it's not unusual to find some apartments that are laid out with more square footage than the townhouse option. But, apartments will generally use a single floor plan. Compare that to a townhouse that is built with 2 or 3 floors.

The different stories allow for an increase in privacy and no upstairs neighbors. With multiple floors, it can be easy to determine what is your entertaining space and what’s your quiet level. For instance, you can play a game on the main level after others go to turn in on the upper floor. And if you work from your kitchen table, you can put together a home office downstairs while the top level becomes a no work oasis.

Both Get Full Apartment Complex Amenities

Laundry room in a Lafayette townhome.

Townhomes are going to come provided with washer/dryer hookups. Some apartments could also have a place for hookups like their townhouse counterparts. Other units come with a stackable washer/dryer or stand alone machines already installed, while others have public laundry rooms instead. A townhome could also have more closets and has a better chance for details like a bay window.

Community amenities come included with whatever type you decide on. You'll receive access to the pool, gym, and anything else the complex has for its Residents. And rest assured, every living unit gets maintenance services and appliances, too.

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

Lafayette townhomes with separate entrances.

Shared hallways are an ordinary part of apartment buildings. This might be a great method to greet your neighbors, but you might want to circumvent a common entryway. Townhomes are individual units akin to a house and may even have small backyard spaces, letting you socialize on your own terms.

Both townhouses and apartments have shared side walls, but an apartment shares a ceiling, floor, or both. You'll have to be more aware about sound living in an apartment. The lack of noise from floors and ceilings in a townhouse may also prove to be the best pet-friendly living arrangement.

Want To Start Looking For Your Next Home?

As your start touring for your next apartment or townhome to rent in Lafayette, make sure to look at Precedent Flats first. We have sizable floor plans, friendly staff, and exciting amenities. Contact us at 765-771-7085 or click the “schedule a tour button” to begin your apartment hunt.