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Should I Rent An Apartment Or A Townhouse in West Lafayette?

After a tough deliberation, you figured out that you should rent your next home in West Lafayette. Now you have the next tough decision: should you rent an apartment or townhouse in West Lafayette?

While you can discover a roomy 2-bedroom or a 3-bedroom apartment in West Lafayette, don’t overlook the privacy a townhouse can give. A townhouse is usually guaranteed to feature separate front porches, a personal garage, and at least two levels. But those perks usually come with more rent.

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

Townhouses Generally Cost More To Lease Than Apartments

Exterior view of a West Lafayette apartment.

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

On the other hand, there are many apartments together in one structure. Your apartment may have an outside patio or terrace, but you won’t find a private entrance. Those townhouse benefits of a yard, garage,, and private entrance might result in a bigger cost. 

Get Multiple Floors With A Townhouse 

Space considerations are relatively straightforward when comparing an apartment or townhouse in West Lafayette. For example, 800 square feet is 800 square feet in both options. And it's not uncommon to see some apartments that give you more space than the townhouse option. However, apartments will generally utilize a one-floor floor plan. Townhomes give you a multi-level layout.

The discrete levels give you increased privacy and no upstairs neighbors. With separate levels, 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 your roommates go to turn in upstairs. And if you’re working from your kitchen table, you can put together an office space on the lower level while your upstairs becomes a no work oasis.

Both Can Use All The Complex Amenities

Laundry room in a West Lafayette townhome.

Townhomes are guaranteed to come equipped with washer and dryer hookups. Different apartments may also have a place for hookups like their townhouse cousins. Other apartments come with washer/dryers already installed, or else you’ll have community facilities instead. Your townhome may also have bigger closets and has a greater chance for details like a a breakfast nook.

Community amenities come included no matter what you decide on. You'll receive access to the gym, workcenter, and anything else the complex has for its Residents. And every unit gets maintenance services and kitchen appliances, also.

Privacy May Be the Deciding Factor On Townhouse Vs. Apartment in West Lafayette

West Lafayette townhomes with separate entrances.

Common walkways are an ordinary part of apartment buildings. While you can tell your building mates hi every day, you may want to circumvent a common entryway. Townhomes are individual units akin to a house and occasionally have private patio areas, letting you socialize on your own schedule.

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

Ready To Tour Your Next Home?

As you start the search for your next apartment or townhome to rent in West Lafayette, don’t forget to visit The Ivy Towns and Flats. We have sizable layouts, wonderful staff, and exciting amenities. Call 765-300-4521 or hit the “schedule a tour button” to start your visit.

The Ivy Towns and Flats
1900 Foxglove Way
West LafayetteIndiana 47906
Phone: 765-300-4521
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The Ivy Towns and Flats is a luxury apartment community located at Sagamore Pkwy W and Cumberland Ave. in West Lafayette. Owned and managed by the J.C. Hart Company, we're dedicated to helping our Residents feel at home. We offer various floor plans and amenities to fit any lifestyle, and our Residents love living near Purdue University.
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