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Should I Rent An Apartment Or A Townhouse in Bloomington?

After a long deliberation, you know you want to rent your next place in Bloomington. Now you have the next tough problem: should you rent an apartment or townhouse in Bloomington?

While you can find a spacious two-bedroom or a three-bedroom apartment in Bloomington, you should foot the extra rent for the additional privacy a townhouse gives. After all, a townhouse is almost always guaranteed to feature separate doorways, a garage, and two or more floors. But those benefits also come with higher rent.

Consider these few key factors to think about to help you make a good decision.

Townhouses Normally Cost More To Lease Than Apartments

Exterior view of a Bloomington apartment.

While there are no concrete rules for rent prices, a townhome will almost always cost more per month. With a townhome, you will probably get a small yard plot in both the front and back along with an attached garage. Townhomes also come with a two- or three-story floor plan.

Then again, you can find many apartment units together in a single building. Your unit may have an outside patio or terrace, but you won’t find a private entrance. Those townhouse perks of an attached garage, private yard, and distance from neighbors might come with a higher monthly rent. 

Get More Stories With A Townhome 

Square footage comparisons are relatively straightforward when choosing between renting an apartment or townhouse in Bloomington. In every floor plan, a 10’ x 10’ bedroom can be found in both options. And it's not uncommon to discover some apartments that give you more floor space than a townhouse. But, apartments will usually use a single floor plan. In contrast, a townhome will utilize either 2 or 3 floors.

The different floors give you more privacy and no upstairs neighbors. With two levels, it can be simple to see what is your living space and what’s your private level. For example, you can hang out on the first floor after others go to turn in on the second level. And if your office is at home, you can put together a place to work downstairs while the top level becomes a serene, work-free zone.

Both Can Use All The Complex Amenities

Laundry room in a Bloomington townhome.

Townhouses are guaranteed to come with washer and dryer hookups. Different apartments may also come equipped with hookups like their townhome counterparts. Other apartments come with a stackable washer/dryer or stand alone machines included, and some have public laundry rooms instead. A townhome might also have more closet space and has a better chance for features like a a breakfast nook.

Apartment complex amenities come included for any type of unit you get. You'll gain entry to the pool, gym, and anything else the overall community has for its Residents. And every unit gets regular maintenance and appliances, too.

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

Bloomington townhomes with separate entrances.

Common hallways are a part of apartment buildings. This can be a easy method to greet your neighbors, but you might want to circumvent a shared hallway. Townhouses are individual units reminiscent to a house , down to having small patio areas, allowing you to do meet and greets on your own schedule.

Both townhouses and apartments feature shared walls, but your apartment may share a ceiling, floor, or both. You'll have to be more understanding about your own noise level living in an apartment. The lack of noise from ceilings and floors in a townhome could also be a more pet-friendly option.

Want To Start Looking For Your Next Home?

As your start touring for your new apartment or townhome to live in Bloomington, make sure to visit City Flats on Walnut first. We have spacious floor plans, friendly staff, and accessible amenities. Contact us at 812-578-8827 or click the “schedule a tour button” to start your visit.

City Flats on Walnut
700 N. Walnut St.
BloomingtonIndiana 47404
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City Flats on Walnut is a luxury apartment community located at E 10th St. and N Walnut St. in Bloomington. Owned and operated by the J.C. Hart Company, we're dedicated to making a place our Residents can call home. We offer many floor plans and amenities to fit any lifestyle, and our Residents love living near Indiana University Campus.
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