What is the difference between a condo and  a townhouse?

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  • 1 month ago
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    A townhouse is a STYLE of home--not a particular rental. A townhouse is a house, whether you own it or rent it, that is at least two stories high, usually part of a row of them on a street--and which usually has no front yard or a very small front area; they are usually found in cities in rows on busy streets. A condo can be ANY style of house, even ranch style or standard apartment style, in which the homeowners pay a fee to be part of an association that takes care of maintenance and certain other things--such as landscaping, or the use of common-shared spaces or inside maintenance. There are many rules associated with condos and they vary widely. A townhouse can become a condo, but a condo isn't necessarily a townhouse-style of home. 

  • RICK
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    1 month ago

    A townhouse can become a condo but a condo cannot become a townhouse 

  • 1 month ago

    A condominium is housing where the individual apartment is owned by the occupant/owner who also has a % ratio ownership in the real property itself whereas a townhouse is generally an apartment in which you pay rent to the owner.

  • 1 month ago

    technically a condo is any residence within a group of other residences (various styles like apartment or townhouse), but commonly it means an apartment that is owned....where there are at least 2 floors of apartments ..each apartment is on 1 floor usually.

    a townhouse is where the home is multi level (usually 2 or 3 floors)...with no other units below or above.  its like a bunch of houses stuck together.

    Source(s): i have actually researched this....
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  • 1 month ago

    A townhouse is a physical type of home.  A condo is a way in which a group of homes is set up administratively.  A townhouse can be a condo.  

  • Mark
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    1 month ago

    @Anonymous is correct.  "Condominium" refers to the type of ownership.  It is NOT an architectural term.  Most condos may be apartment-like, but there are also townhomes that are condos, duplex/twin homes, and even single family homes that are "site" condos.

    A townhouse is a style of home that is multi-story.  "Row House" falls into this category.  They may be condos or rentals.

  • 1 month ago

    Condos are usually like apartments with people above/below/next door.

    Townhouses are sort of like row houses.  Usually 2 stories with connections on both sides but not on top.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    A townhouse is a style of building/home.

    A condo is a particular form of property ownership.

    Some townhomes may be condos. 

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