Post # 1
I’m so tired of getting that “look” when I tell someone that we bought a townhouse. It’s that look of such disdain that we would stoop so low as to purchase such a thing. Honestly! Our house is so nice and it’s brand new and it was exactly what we wanted with in our budget. I can understand that most people want alot of privacy/land ect but we have a huge backyard that turns into woods, wonderful neighbors, a close-knit home-owners association and it’s everything we wanted in a first home. We just couldn’t justify sinking money into a single family home that needed tons of updates or came with tons of problems when we are only going to live there for 5 years, max. I just feel so judged for it. Townhouse is not a 4 letter word, people!
Post # 3
Who cares what people think? If you like it, that’s all that matters!
Post # 4
OMG!! I totally agree we just purchased a single home with a bunch of land, and all we heard was what about the wedding , the house is too big for just the two of you what were you guys thinking why do you need 4 baths etc.. can you image what your heat bill will be etc… Were like this is what we wanted and what we saved for. Stop being judgemental but instead be happy.
So with that said I am sooooooooooo happy for you! Enjoy your home and enjoy the happiness that comes with it
Post # 5
Congrats on purchasing a home 🙂
Post # 6
Congrats on the new purchase!
Post # 7
I get the same look when I tell people that we want to live in the middle of no where. I think that people don’t understand that their choices are not necessarily our choices. I was looking at townhouses when I got a job that took me traveling. I didn’t want to worry about maintenance or mowing a lawn.
Post # 9
@julies1949: Just a vent I guess. I’m tired and cranky from rolling around in my awesome th that no one likes.
Post # 10
I actually really like townhouses. I grew up in Queens and in my town, pretty much everyone lived in row houses (basically the same thing as townhouses). After moving up north, we moved into another townhouse because it was just my mom and I and we both liked the idea of security (sharing a wall does have some benefits).
FI and I currently live in a condo but in the event we were planning on staying here after our wedding (we’re moving to the west coast), we would have absolutely purchased a townhouse. They’re much less maintenance and the HOA will take care of everything. I have absolutely ZERO desire to own a single family home that I have to maintain. I’ve never mowed a lawn in my life, I don’t plan to start now!
Post # 11
Yay for you for buying a house you like!
My one caution is not to tell people that you’ll be in your townhome for X years “max”. Not only does it kind of make it sound like it’s a temporary place for you (while it should be somewhere to live and enjoy as long as you’d like!), but you’ll also feel quite silly down the road if you’re there for seven or eight (or more) years and people remember that you have exceeded your “deadline”. The economy, personal finances and tons of other factors can impact how long you’ll be in your house.
When we bought our condo, we swore it would be two to three years “max” and definitely “never with kids”. Now it will be five years this spring, and our first child is due in five weeks. I also still have no idea where I’d rather move instead, even though I do have some complaints about our condo and building.
If you approach your townhouse as being a home to love until you’re ready to move on, you’ll get more respect as a happy homeowner!
Post # 12
We just got a townhouse today and I’m thrilled beyond words. I absolutely love everything about it and think it’s perfect for a (soon to be!) newlywed couple just starting out. Ours is newer (less than 5 years old), has 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and a gorgeous deck. And I love that we don’t have to cut grass or shovel snow!!!
Post # 13
We have a town house as a first home. We’ve been very happy here. Our neighbors are awesome and always right there when we need them. We don’t have to deal with a lawn. I think it was a really nice first home.
However, now we are ready for our second, bigger home since we’re starting a family. My husband bought this place before I was in the picture, so he wasn’t thinking about logistics of having a baby here.
Post # 14
We live in a townhome and love it! We are looking to move to a bigger single-family home soon since we are planning on having a baby as soon as possible. We want a fenced in yard (our townhouse and most around here I think don’t have fenced in yards) and we want a garage. But we really love our townhome. Plenty of space for the two of us and we love all of our neighbors. Congrats on your new house! This is why they have townhomes, because they are perfect for so many people. 🙂
Post # 15
I think a townhouse is a great idea for a first home… and that’s not just because my husband and I are planning to buy one too LOL. Little to no maintenance, and you still get the same space as a house (in Toronto you can get some great sized townhomes that are way bigger than some detached houses). Plus, depending on where you buy, you may have other young couples/families living near by! I say, be happy in your new home and who cares what people say! Home is where the heart is 🙂
I agree with postitnote though… no need to tell people that you’re only planning to be there for x amount of years. It doesn’t matter how long you’re there as long as you’re happy. Be proud of your purchase!
Post # 16
@Eight6Eleven: First of all, congrats on your new home. If you have found something that you love AND you can afford, that can only be a win-win.
But if you’ve not said anything in reply to the naysayers, you are a far better person than I am. If anyone said something negative like that to me, I’d tell them “Well, that’s so nice. Now when we decide we need more privacy or have trouble reselling (or whatever they think is an issue), you can thank us for giving you the opportunity to be pleased with yourself and the satisfaction of knowing you were right all along.”