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Should I Rent An Apartment Or A Townhouse in Indianapolis?

You made the call where you can rent your next place. However, now you’ve got another tough decision: should you rent an apartment or townhouse in Indianapolis?

While you can scope out a luxurious two-bedroom or a three-bedroom apartment in Indianapolis, don’t ignore the increase in privacy a townhouse can give. After all, a townhouse is almost always guaranteed to have separate entryways, a personal parking spot, and two or more floors. But those townhouse perks many times come with higher rent.

Consider these few key considerations to debate to help you make the best decision.

Townhouses Usually Cost More In Rent Than Apartments

Exterior view of a Indianapolis apartment.

While there’s not any definite rules regarding rent prices, townhomes will almost always cost more per month. When you rent a townhome, you normally get a small yard plot in the front and back along with a connected garage. Townhomes also use a two- or three-story floor plan.

Then again, there are many apartments side by side within a larger structure. Your unit may have a patio or terrace, but most likely won’t have a private unit entrance. Those townhome advantages of a yard, garage,, and private entrance might come with a larger cost. 

Get More Stories With A Townhome 

Square footage comparisons are relatively straightforward when choosing between renting an apartment or townhouse in Indianapolis. In regards to floor space, 800 square feet is 800 square feet in either option. And it's not uncommon to see some apartments that are laid out with more space than the townhouse option. But, apartments will normally utilize a one-floor plan. Contrast that to a townhome that gives you either 2 or 3 levels.

The separate stories allow for more privacy and no upstairs neighbors. With two floors, it can be easy to distinguish what is your playing level and what is your private space. For instance, you can watch TV downstairs after others go to sleep on the upper floor. And if your office is at your kitchen table, you can set up a home office on the lower level while your upstairs becomes a no work oasis.

Both Can Use All The Complex Amenities

Laundry room in a Indianapolis townhome.

Townhomes are going to come equipped with laundry machine hookups. Some apartments might also have hookups like their townhouse siblings. Other units have a washer and dryer already installed, while others have public laundry rooms instead. Your townhome could also have more closet space and has a better chance for architectural details like a bay window.

Apartment complex amenities come standard for any type of unit you rent. You'll get access to the gym, workcenter, and everything else your community has to offer. Each apartment gets maintenance calls and regular appliances, too.

Privacy May Be the Deciding Factor On Apartment vs. Townhome in Indianapolis

Indianapolis townhomes with separate entrances.

Shared hallways are an everyday occurrence of apartment buildings. This can be a great method to greet your neighbors, but you may want to avoid a common hallway. Townhomes are individual units comparable to a house and may even have private outside spaces, allowing you to do meet and greets when you want to.

Both townhouses and apartments have shared side walls, but a lot of apartments share a floor, ceiling, or both. You'll have to be more conscious about noise levels when you’re in an apartment. The lack of sound from floors and ceilings in a townhouse may also seem like a more pet-friendly option.

Want To Find Your Next Home?

As you're looking for your next apartment or townhouse to live in Indianapolis, don’t forget to visit Riverview Apartments first. We have roomy floor plans, wonderful staff, and exciting amenities. Contact us at (317) 751-4053 or tap the “schedule a tour button” to begin your tour.

Riverview Apartments
460 N. White River Parkway West Drive
IndianapolisIndiana 46222
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Riverview Apartments is an apartment community located at 460 North White River Parkway in downtown Indianapolis. Riverview Apartments is owned by Riverview Partners, LLC which is a joint venture between Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana and Strategic Capital Partners, LLC. The community is managed by the J.C. Hart Company. This partnership is dedicated to providing one-a-kind workforce housing in downtown Indianapolis.
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