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Should I Rent An Apartment Or A Townhouse in Bloomington?

November 05, 2020

Exterior apartment building in Bloomington

After a lengthy decision, you figured out that you want to rent your next home in Bloomington. However, now you have another daunting decision: should you rent an apartment or townhouse in Bloomington?

While you can find a luxurious 2-bedroom or a 3-bedroom apartment in Bloomington, you may want to foot the extra rent for the additional privacy a townhouse gives. A townhouse in Bloomington is almost always guaranteed to feature individual entryways, a personal parking spot, and at least two levels. But those perks usually come with an increase in rent.

Consider these few key considerations to debate so you can make a good decision.

Townhomes Usually Cost More To Rent Than Apartments

Exterior view of a Bloomington apartment.

While there are no hard and fast rules regarding rent prices, townhomes will almost always be higher per month. When you rent a townhome, you normally have a small usable yard in the front and back and an attached garage. Townhouses 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 feature a patio or balcony, but there’s not a private unit entrance. Those townhouse benefits of a garage, yard, and distance from neighbors could have a higher cost. 

Get Multiple Stories With Your Townhome 

Square footage comparisons use the same standard when choosing between renting an apartment or townhouse in Bloomington. For example, 600 sq ft is 600 sq ft in both options. And it's not unusual to find some apartments that are laid out with more square footage than the townhouse option. However, apartments will generally utilize a one-story layout. Compare that to a townhome that utilizes 2 or 3 levels.

The different stories give you increased privacy and no upstairs neighbors. With separate stories, it can be easier to determine what is your entertaining space and what’s your sleeping level. For instance, you can watch TV downstairs after your roommates go to turn in on the second level. And if you work from your kitchen table, you can fix an office space on the main floor while the top floor becomes a work-free zone.

Both Get Full Complex Amenities

Laundry room in a Bloomington townhome.

Townhomes are guaranteed to come with washer/dryer hookups. Different apartments could also come equipped with hookups like their townhouse cousins. Other apartment units feature a washer and dryer already installed, or else you’ll have public facilities instead. A townhouse might also have more closet space and has a increased chance for details like a bay window.

Community amenities come standard with whatever type you get. You'll gain access to the clubhouse, workcenter, and anything else the complex has for its Residents. Each apartment gets maintenance calls and appliances, as well.

Privacy Can Be the X Factor On Townhome Vs. Apartment in Bloomington

Bloomington townhomes with separate entrances.

Shared hallways are an everyday occurrence of apartment buildings. While this might be a easy way to meet your building mates, you might want to avoid a shared walkway. Townhouses are solitary units comparable to a traditional house , down to having small backyard spaces, allowing for more socialization when you want to.

Both types of units feature common side walls, but an apartment shares a ceiling, floor, or both. You'll want to be more aware about noise levels living in an apartment. The lack of noise from floors and ceilings in a townhouse may also be a more pet-friendly option.

Ready To Tour Your Next Home?

As your start touring for your next apartment or townhouse to live in Bloomington, don’t forget to visit Echo Park Bloomington Apartments first. We have spacious floor plans, wonderful staff, and excellent amenities. Call 812-578-7394 or click the “schedule a tour button” to start your visit.