Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or looking to try something new, there are a variety of home types available. Many new home communities, like Harvest at Hillwood, offer a selection of both attached and detached family home options. But which is best for your family?
You will want to consider both before deciding, as your choice will impact your lifestyle and overall housing experience. In this guide, we will explore the key differences between these two housing styles and their unique features, advantages, and considerations.
Attached and detached homes are both residences designed for single families, but there are distinct differences.
An attached home, for example a townhouse, duplex, or rowhouse, is a type of residential dwelling that shares one or more walls with adjacent properties. These homes may be part of a larger building or a row of similar structures, and they can be found in urban, suburban, or even rural areas. Attached homes come in various architectural styles and sizes, ranging from compact townhouses to larger, multi-story structures.
Some characteristics of attached family homes include:
A detached home, often referred to as a single-family home, is a standalone residential structure that does not share any walls or common structural elements with neighboring houses. It is a separate and independent dwelling situated on its own piece of land, typically with open space on all sides, such as a front yard, backyard, and sometimes side yards. Detached homes are commonly found in suburban and rural areas, offering a higher degree of privacy and autonomy compared to attached homes like townhouses, duplexes or row houses.
Some characteristics of detached family homes include:
Here are how attached and detached family homes compare based on various factors:
Attached family homes often have a uniform appearance and are built in rows or clusters, creating a visually appealing and cohesive appearance for the entire neighborhood. This consistency in design can enhance the overall curb appeal and make communities more attractive.
Detached family homes offer more architectural diversity. They can vary widely in design and style, depending on the homeowner’s preferences and neighborhood or homeowner association regulations.
Generally, attached homes offer less privacy than detached homes since they have shared walls with neighbors. Noise levels may be higher and visual privacy may be reduced. But being surrounded by neighbors can enhance the feeling of security, as there are more eyes on the community.
Detached homes typically provide more privacy as they are not physically connected to neighboring houses, offering a greater buffer from noise and intrusions.
Some attached homes–even those with upgraded features and luxury amenities – can be more affordable than detached homes in the same area, making them a popular choice for first-time homebuyers or those on a budget. Yard upkeep of the green spaces around attached homes is often included in homeowner association fees, making them more cost-effective.
Comparatively, detached homes can be more expensive to buy or build because you own a larger piece of land and a larger structure that costs more to build. Owners are usually responsible for the maintenance of both the house and the entire property, which can be more costly and time-consuming. And, with greater square footage and outdoor space, detached homes typically require more maintenance, such as lawn care and exterior upkeep.
Attached homes offer a balance between the privacy of a single-family home and the convenience of shared maintenance and amenities. Here’s a closer look at some of the advantages single-family attached homes offer and some factors you may want to consider before buying one:
When choosing between an attached and a detached family home, several factors should be considered to determine which type of housing best suits your needs and preferences. Here are some key factors to weigh:
Detached homes generally offer greater privacy because they don’t share walls with neighbors. If privacy is a top priority, a detached home may be preferable.
Consider the amount of indoor and outdoor space you need. Detached homes often provide larger yards and more square footage, making them suitable for larger families.
Attached homes may have lower maintenance requirements, as HOAs often cover some exterior upkeep. Detached homes typically require the owner to take on more maintenance.
Detached homes can be more expensive than attached homes, not only in terms of the purchase price but also ongoing maintenance costs. Factor in your budget and long-term financial considerations.
Consider your lifestyle and how it aligns with the benefits of each housing type. For example, a detached home with a yard may be more appealing if you enjoy gardening, outdoor activities, or DIY projects.
Evaluate your desire to customize your home. Detached homes generally offer more freedom for renovations and modifications, both indoors and outdoors.
Think about your long-term plans and how they align with your housing choice. Consider your family’s growth, potential lifestyle changes, and the adaptability of your chosen home.
Ultimately, the decision between an attached and detached family home should be based on your specific needs, lifestyle, budget, and personal preferences. If a single-family attached home is for you, Harvest offers one- and two-story townhomes by CB JENI and duplex-style homes in The Retreat by Tri Pointe Homes. For those who prefer a single-family detached home, our community offers a wide range of sizes and styles from builders Coventry Homes, David Weekley Homes, Drees Custom Homes, Highland Homes, Taylor Morrison, and Toll Brothers.
When you’re ready to take the next step toward finding your perfect home, look no further than Harvest at Hillwood. Whether you prefer the low maintenance lifestyle of attached family living or the increased space of detached family homes, we have the perfect home for you.
Our new construction builders have available new homes, and many are offering incentives, so now is a great time to buy!