While apartments certainly have their perks: staff to greet you, receive packages, provide security, and make repairs; amenities such as gyms, swimming pools, etc., there are still distinct advantages to townhouse living.
I lived in NYC townhouses for 30 years and the last 5 years in a beautiful, new high-rise. While I certainly do not miss cleaning the gutters or shoveling the sidewalk, there are things I do miss:
Silence. No one is talking in the hall outside the door, dropping things on the floor above you, neighbors complaining about noise.
No “wet over dry.” You cannot put a bathroom anywhere you want because you might leak into someone else’s bedroom.
No pulling your hair out coordinating Certificates of Insurance just to get furniture delivered or repairs done.
Seriously, depending on your needs, there are so many things you simply cannot have in an apartment.
Outdoor Space: rear yard plus rooftop– larger than any terrace or balcony, and you can have proper landscaping (plus no restriction on having a grill) as seen above in our Cobble Hill Townhouse project.
Unusual Spaces: swimming pools- our Soho Townhouse project features both indoor and outdoor pools, as well as, basketball courts, batting cage, golf simulator which are in our Upper West Side Townhouse project that is currently under construction.
Sheer volume of space: there are large apartments, however, it is quite rare to get one as large as some townhouses.
Storage: no apartment building storage unit equals a complete townhouse cellar worth of storage.
Climate Control: you can have totally independent climate control in every room with no one telling you it is not yet heating or cooling season.