Looking at Houstons’s best-performing housing segments, Townhomes are among the fastest-growing housing segments in the city.
New construction townhomes and townhouses in the “Under $250K” and “Under $500K” categories are spurring this growth. The appeal of owning a townhome stems from its smaller footprint, minimal maintenance, and affordability (vs. single-family homes).
Growing demand sparked townhome development within Houston’s hottest neighborhoods, including EaDo, Rice Military, Montrose, Midtown, Camp Logan, and the Houston Heights area.
There is a wide variety of Houston townhomes for sale, with prices depending on location, home size, and age of the home.
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Over the past few decades, developers have purchased lots in Houston’s hottest neighborhoods to build chic new townhomes. Recent developments have centered around the Houston Heights area, Montrose, Midtown, EaDo, Rice Military, and Camp Logan.
Some Houston townhomes are within upscale gated communities (and within Houston’s most expensive neighborhoods).
Below we’ve listed Houston Inner Loop neighborhoods (as well as notable gated communities) with townhomes.
Garden Oaks, Spring Branch, and the Galleria area are among the hottest neighborhoods in terms of townhome development outside the Inner Loop. The Energy Corridor and various master-planned communities (like Upland Lakes, Cross Creek Ranch, and Cinco Ranch) also offer great townhome options.
Below we’ve grouped together Houston townhomes outside the Loop.
Home developers have started over 6,400 new Houston homes in the first quarter and are on track to start construction on over 28,000 properties this year.
Given the influx of people relocating to Houston, this additional new inventory should help Houston home buyers find more options.
City Scape Homes
Rohe & Wright
Princeton City Homes
ROC Homes Texas
Iron Gate Builders
Notable townhome developers include:
Benefits of renting a Houston townhome (vs. apartments or condos)
More privacy. Renting a condo usually means you have neighbors above, below, and on either side. Townhomes only share a wall (or two, in the case of middle units) and each has its own private entrances and parking spaces.
More space. Renting a townhome offers more space spread out over two or more stories. The extra square footage and utilities will cost a bit more compared to apartments or condos, but if your budget allows it, the extra legroom is definitely worth it.
Amenities. A townhome offers amenities close to those in single-family homes. Laundry rooms, garages, patios, and media rooms are often built-in, as opposed to sharing common building amenities with other tenants within an apartment or condo complex. Some townhome communities also offer controlled access and manned entrances, central park areas, and swimming pools.
There are some downsides when renting a Houston townhouse, including maintenance and HOA fees. It is important to know what your (your landlord’s) maintenance responsibilities are, and the things covered by your HOA fees.
A great Houston Realtor can help you go through lease contracts and rent agreements. Click here to see all Houston townhomes for rent.
Townhomes are mostly attached homes that share a wall with a neighbor. Owning a townhome is similar to single-family homeownership, wherein you own the land (from the center of the earth to infinity) plus the structure.
Single-family homes and patio homes are typically detached – meaning there are setbacks at all sides – while townhomes typically share a wall (or two) with their neighbors.
Condos and lofts on the other hand also share walls, but don’t own the land. They instead share ownership of common areas and the building itself, plus the airspace. With a townhome, you own the dirt upon which the structure stands.
The benefits of owning a townhome are a mix of the benefits of a single-family home and the benefits of a condo. It is, however, not without its downsides.
Price. Compared to their single-family home counterparts, townhomes are typically less expensive. Construction costs are lower (as you share a wall) while giving more livable space for your money.
Lock-and-leave lifestyle. Some of the most expensive Houston townhomes are located within gated communities, which often feature 24-hour security and lawn maintenance.
Location. Most townhomes built in the last decade are within Houston’s best (and most accessible) neighborhoods.
Reduced maintenance. Common areas, community amenities, and landscaping are usually maintained by the HOA.
Community amenities. Some townhomes are within gated communities that offer great community amenities, including water features, central park areas, additional parking, swimming pools, and controlled access.
Lower HOA fees. Compared to Houston condos, most townhomes in Houston have substantially lower HOA fees.
Shared wall. As you share a wall with your neighbor, you live closer to them.
HOA fees. Many townhomes are subject to HOA fees that cover landscaping, common area maintenance, and security.
Fewer amenities. Compared to living in a luxury high-rise, living in a townhouse typically offers fewer amenities. Houston condos often feature fitness rooms, tennis courts, swimming pools, meeting/business centers, and party rooms.
Exterior maintenance. There is some maintenance involved in owning a townhome, including the exteriors of your home. Exteriors are typically maintained by the HOA in a condo.
Houston townhouses offer a great “middle-ground” option between single-family homes and condominiums. There are a few trade-offs, but what makes them great options is that they are less expensive than single-family homes and offer more privacy than condominiums or lofts.