Typically, townhouse ownership includes both the structure and the property underneath it but a townhome can also be a condominium. It depends on how a particular townhouse community sells property. Townhouses typically offer the best of both worlds. Residents can enjoy the space that single-family homes offer and low-maintenance living that comes from a condominium. Townhouses come in different styles but they usually have at least two floors of living space. Some of these units stand independently on their own lots, some are twin homes or triplexes and some are in rows with shared walls (except for end units). It all comes down to the developer and how properties are built.

Before buying a townhouse, homebuyers need to know exactly what they are getting. Is it a condominium or is it being sold as a freestanding home? What will the mandatory homeowner's association fees run? What can townhome owners expect after they get all unpacked? Each townhouse community differs in layout and amenities. Pools, cabanas, walking trails, fitness facilities and clubhouses seem to be the most popular offerings in Hampton Roads. Generally speaking, townhouses are less maintenance so one of the major bonuses is getting more time to do fun things instead of staying on top of house repairs.

In this mid-Atlantic region, homebuyers interested in townhouses have choice locations where they can live. H2O in Hampton, Courthouse Commons and Colonial Crossing in Newport News, The Boulevard and Culpepper Landing in Chesapeake, Remington Park in Suffolk, New Port at Victory in Portsmouth, Bluegrass at Lexington Park in Virginia Beach and Liberty Crossing in Williamsburg are a few of the townhome developments in Hampton Roads. Every townhouse community is different so be sure to explore all your options before purchasing. Check to see if a townhome is close to city perks like public beaches, parks and recreation centers to ensure a good fit.