Len and Leslie Marma's Blog
A row house is a good fit for someone who grew up in apartment homes. There are people who spent their childhood living in apartment homes who feel more comfortable residing close to other people than they do living in a single home.
Row houses aren't always a good fit even for apartment home lovers
Single homes spell distance and an inability to communicate with neighbors as freely as they'd like to people who love apartment home living. Downside to living in apartment homes indefinitely is that you despite how much and how long you continue to pay rent, you generally never end up owning the residence.
Buying a row house can ease the transition from an apartment into a house. Yet, the transition is not a good fit for everyone. Even some apartment home lovers might not appreciate everything that comes with living in a row house. In particular, when it comes to row houses, people might not like:
- Trying to fit three or more cars in a short one lane driveway
- Lack of yard space - Row houses are notorious for having small front and back yards. Yards at your row house might not provide enough outdoor space for large pets to play and thrive in.
- Noise from next door neighbors - While it's a fact that you might not ever hear your neighbors, especially if your neighbors are particularly quiet, living in row houses can easily increase the likelihood that noise that your neighbors make will spill over into your home. This could happen even in the wee hours of the morning.
- Barking dogs - If your neighbor owns pets, you might hear dogs barking in the background throughout the day and night. You may not mind the fact that your neighbor's dog barks during the day if you work outside your home. Telecommute or work from home as an independent contractor and your neighbor's barking dog could wear on your patience.
- Stairs - The chance to live in a one-level house is probably out of the question if you buy a row house. Many row houses are four levels, causing you to have to climb stairs.
Downsides to living in row houses
Row houses offer a tighter sense of community. The houses have been around since the late 1700s. You'll find a large number of row houses in cities like Baltimore, New York and Philadelphia. A step up from apartment home living, row houses are one of the best ways for millennials and first time homeowners to buy an initial property. Yet, there are drawbacks to owning row houses.
Move next door to loud neighbors and you might be forced to listen to someone else's music for hours. Your neighbors' dog also might find its way onto your porch every day. Worn down grass, blades flattened from neighbors walking on your lawn, unwanted pests and lack of street side parking space are other drawbacks to living in row houses.