Difference Between Townhomes and Apartments

By: Jo Montgomery

If you’ve decided that carefree apartment living suits your lifestyle perfectly, you’re not alone. But you may now be wondering if you should rent a townhome instead of an apartment. The best way to decide is to understand the difference between the two. We’ll show you a closer look at the distinctions between an apartment and a townhome, and we’ll help you start your search for a townhome near you.

What’s the difference between a townhome and an apartment?

No, it’s actually not size. After all, a 1,500-square-foot apartment is the same size as a 1,500-square-foot townhouse. The difference lies in how the space is configured. A townhome has two or more floors, while an apartment is only one level. In a townhome, the separation of living space by floor is a good thing if you’d like more distance between your living areas – like between your kitchen and living room, and your bedrooms. One plus for the townhome is that sound doesn’t travel nearly as easily between floors.


By definition, a townhome is “a single-family home that shares one or more walls with other units.” They are traditionally rows of uniform homes – two stories or more. An apartment, on the other hand, is defined as “a suite of rooms forming one residence, typically in a building containing a number of these.” As a matter of fact, the British term flat is believed to have originated for apartments because they are literally “flat” – all on one level.

Townhomes also tend to come with a small patch of land, like a back and/or front yard, and a patio or deck. This is a big plus for many people. If you enjoy a cup of coffee or cocktail on your deck when the weather is lovely, or you’re a grill master, you want a deck or patio. Townhomes also tend to give you more breathing space between units than apartments do. That means a little more distance between you and your neighbor. Even so, since you’ll be spending more time outside, this distance actually lends itself to fostering friendly banter and better relationships with your neighbors.

And as with an apartment, the benefits of a townhome include added security, access to a host of amenities, and little to no maintenance.

Townhomes for rent near me

Hopkinton, MA  

Serene and savvy is how Windsor at Hopkinton, in the heart of Hopkinton, MA, the starting point of the renowned Boston Marathon, is described by the community that lives there. It’s a suburban oasis surrounded by hiking trails and peaceful lakes, just waiting for those who enjoy the great outdoors. Yet it is just moments from a vibrant downtown, I-495 and the Mass Pike.

Just some of the many amenities include a crystal-blue, resort-style swimming pool with sundeck and a fully-equipped, 24-hour fitness center – complete with a yoga studio. Also right on site are a quiet tech lounge, media and game room, conference room, and generous barbecue and picnic areas. Plenty of room for the whole family, any time. In addition, there’s a Children’s Imagination Playspace and Outdoor Children’s Playspace. And for your four-legged family, there’s a welcoming dog run for both dogs and owners to socialize.

Of course, what brings many to Hopkinton is the neighborhood. Our pet-friendly community is in the MetroWest area, close to the top-notch Hopkinton School District. The 36 wooded acres our community is nestled in, is surrounded by all that Hopkinton has to offer – bars and restaurants, entertainment, coffee shops, shopping, and more. It truly is the best of all worlds.  

Westborough, MA

The newly-renovated townhomes at Windsor Ridge at Westborough, in Westborough, MA, are beautiful inside and out. These townhomes feature stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, new cabinets, flooring, and fixtures. They have been masterfully renovated and are sure to impress.

Packed with amenities this community will make you happy to come home. Whether relaxing poolside, or hosting a get-together in the clubhouse great room with a gourmet teaching kitchen, you will make memories in this beautifully designed community. There’s also a well-stocked 24-hour fitness center, lit tennis court, children’s playing field and even an off-leash Bark Park! Everything you need is right in your backyard.

The beautiful town of Westborough is conveniently located at the intersection of the Mass Pike, Route 495, and Route 9. It’s also nearby Boston and Worcester. Of course, you won’t need to venture far if you don’t want to, as this New England town has plenty of dining, shopping and entertainment options of its own. It also has a school system that was ranked #1 Best School Districts in Worcester County by Niche. 

Are townhomes better than apartments?

Townhomes do have many benefits over apartments.  But apartments are often a bit cheaper than townhomes. And depending on your location, it could be a more significant difference in cost. However, the bottom line is to choose the home sweet home that works best for your lifestyle and budget.