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 home poll- what would you chose (NEW DETAILS)

just for fun here's a poll on which house would you chose.

Assuming that the house is in a city, and each option is same quality finishings and construction.

So if the cost and location for each of these houses was identical, and the only difference is house 'type' what would you chose?

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MORE INFO

ha ha, OK everyone. this was all hypothetical. with the idea being that everything is equal except the type of house.

so if you all need more specifics to imagine the difference:

house size does not include the basement, and let's say there's no basement in any house. all are 2 story houses. 1 car garage.

The lot size is the same, and since this is a big city example let's say the lot is 18 X 100, so for the townhouse it's 18 ft wide,
the semi it's 16 ft wide (with a 2 ft lane)
the detached is a 14 ft wide with with two 2 ft lanes on either side

the detached is 3 brms no master ensuite
the semi is 3 brms with either a den or a master en suite (hence the extra space)
the townhouse has 3, brms, den and a master ensuite

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 10 Mar 2012 11:34 AM
 30 Oct 2002
 Calgary
Gnome
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What is the difference between a semidetached house and a rowhouse.

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 10 Mar 2012 11:35 AM
 8 Nov 2008
BabyG
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It depends also on the layout but if they all had acceptable layouts my preference would be for the single.

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 10 Mar 2012 11:35 AM
 19 Sep 2008
 Beautiful BC!
jitterbug
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Layout would depend.

If we could comfortably live in 1500 sq ft, I'd definitely choose that.

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 10 Mar 2012 11:35 AM
 11 Mar 2009
 the Centre of the Universe
siorhona
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Detached, just because I like some space between my noises and the noises on either side of me.

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 10 Mar 2012 11:45 AM
 11 Nov 2008
 Ottawa
tweet
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Definitely detached and smaller.

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 10 Mar 2012 12:13 PM
 11 Nov 2008
 Ottawa
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Semi-detached and duplex are two different things.

A duplex is on one parcel of land, so you have to own the entire lot and both units.

A semi is on two distinct properties so that you own only one.

A row/townhouse is where there are more than 2 houses attached to one another.

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 10 Mar 2012 12:26 PM
 5 Feb 2007
 Hamilton
AroundTheWorld
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I don't mind a semi or a townhouse (the first home we bought was a townhouse we loved), but if I can afford it, I'm getting the place where I don't share walls with anyone.

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 10 Mar 2012 12:32 PM
 13 Aug 2002
 Toronto
FriendsFirst
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Detached. I'm never going back to shared walls. Not even "link attached" (shared foundation wall, but detached above ground)

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 10 Mar 2012 12:34 PM
 13 Jul 2006
 GVA, wishing it was GTA
tjrocks
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I would go detached.

To be honest, I would shy away from a duplex/freehold townhouse situation just because I would think repairs would get complicated on shared property, and there's no recourse if your neighbors turn out to be giant douchebags (versus a strata townhome where there are noise bylaws and rules that prevent douchbaggery).

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 10 Mar 2012 12:46 PM
 31 Jul 2010
omaki
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First of all, it depends on the layout, like what other people say.

All other things being equal though, I would go with the rowhouse only if it were on the end. My first choice would be the semi-detached.

After living in a townhouse with neighbours on either side, and a detached house which is at least 6 feet from either neighbour (probably closer to 8 feet), I can say that I hear just as much noise from my neighbours in the detached house as I did in the townhouse. It's different kind of noise, but we still hear it.

I would insist on being detached on one side only because I need to have more windows - that was the one thing I hated about being in a townhouse attached on either side, having no side windows. We also are not big fans of yard work, so having a bigger yard is no longer a pro for us!

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 10 Mar 2012 1:42 PM
 14 Jan 2005
 Yellowknife
Kezza
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Well seeing as how I am currently waiting for my (centre) town home to be built, I chose that option.

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 10 Mar 2012 1:48 PM
 31 Aug 2006
 all over the place
lilybellule
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We live in a 2100 sq ft rowhouse in the city and love it, so that'd be my choice.

You can't really find detached or semi-detached houses in the central neighbourhoods here and location was our first priority. We really don't mind sharing walls, I guess it comes with the territory when you live in highly-populated/older neighbourhoods.

Our house is a century-old former duplex that had been converted in a cottage byt the former owners.

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 10 Mar 2012 2:32 PM
 13 Aug 2002
 Toronto
FriendsFirst
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I must've had the worst luck in the world, I guess. I've done condo (shoe box in the sky), townhouse (also condo), semi-detached, and detached. There were always noise issues due to shared walls (and floor/ceiling). Never again would I share a wall with neighbours by choice.

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 10 Mar 2012 3:37 PM
 30 Dec 2009
wildred
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My concern would be parking smile I find (at least here) neighbourhoods with townhouses and duplexes have VERY crowded streets because of limited parking.

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 10 Mar 2012 6:00 PM
 13 Aug 2006
 Calgary, Alberta
cherryblossom
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I picked detached, since everything was equal, but I don't have a problem living attached to other families. I actually find it comforting to have people around.

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 10 Mar 2012 6:25 PM
 4 Jan 2012
MrsMum
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What are the LOT sizes?? what is the width and depth of each!

Then I can tell you what I would pick!

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 10 Mar 2012 7:17 PM
 31 Jul 2010
omaki
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Another thing I thought of - here in Ottawa, the advertised square footage of townhouses and semi-detached houses often includes the finished basement while the detached homes usually never includes the basement. So the "real" square footage of the houses would be all quite similar.

I don't think that makes sense. tongueold Hopefully, you'll know what I mean!

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 10 Mar 2012 7:31 PM
 6 May 2011
 Ottawa, ON
Fodder
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I know someone who opted for the smaller detached house and is currently regretting it.

It's a super cute house, but the layout is just not as well-suited for family life as they were envisioning. Basement/not basement square footage aside, this particular house has just a dining room, kitchen and living room on the main floor. Basement is not finished. So the living room (which was open to the kitchen and has since had to be gated with the world's longest baby gate) is now quite crowded with kid stuff. There isn't really anywhere else to go, in terms of hanging out/entertaining.

I know that these people are kinda wishing they would have gone for the townhouse, because they would have had a finished family room in the basement, which could have held all the toys and been a good spot for their kid to hang out.

The house they have DOES have the potential square footage in the basement, but it's not at all finished and that's a pretty big and expensive project.

SO, I guess all that is to say I would get the house whose layout/side suited your needs. If the 1500 s.f. detached will work for all you need, then go for it. But with two kids, make sure you think about where they play and where their stuff will go, and where potential baby gates would go and THEN make your decision.

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 10 Mar 2012 7:46 PM
 14 Jun 2005
 Ottawa
_Lucasta_
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Well, since we just bought a townhouse (freehold/rowhouse on your list) so that's what I voted for! And ours' is just over 2100 sq ft AND it's an end unit (this was a must and we paid extra for it!).

Why? Well, we didn't really want to move to the 'burbs and realized very quickly upon looking at detached houses in the city that a lot of work would need to be done on them. We have a toddler and a baby on they way, are not handy people at all and don't have a ton of disposable income or time (biggest issue) or inclination to renovate a house. We went with a new build and we're really happy with our decision. Townhomes have great layouts, imo, there's still a backyard and we go to parks and other areas in the neighbourhood anyway. It comes with a finished basement as well. Admittedly, we're a little further out than we'd like, but it's still not the suburbs which was very important to DH.

I think those who prefer to live in detached homes often live in more economical cities where it's easy to find a detached home for a great price. For example, I've seen HUGE detached houses in some parts of the east coast that are a good $100,000 less than what we paid for our townhouse. So, a lot of this depends on where you live. If you live in a more expensive city like Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary or Ottawa you have to make more sacrifices.

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 10 Mar 2012 7:50 PM
 19 Oct 2011
Sunshine:)
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I'm definitely in the majority here with the detached home. I lived with neighbours on both sides of me for years and I certainly didn't enjoy it. I was always conscience of the noise I was making and the noise of my neighbours. Home buying is always more difficult than we thing though!

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 10 Mar 2012 9:21 PM
 26 Oct 2005
 TO
Gingy
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I didn't answer, either. We're in a low-rise condo by choice and I can't picture us in any house, detached or semi-detached. We have no issues "sharing walls" - it's so quiet you could hear a pin drop most of the time.

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 10 Mar 2012 11:09 PM
 7 Nov 2011
 bottom of the glass
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Unless I could choose my neighbor(s) in the row house or semi-detached I'd go for the detached home regardless of layout or yard size. We are in a semi-detached with a great layout, great yard and fantastic neighborhood. Our attached neighbors have made this place a living hell.

Detached.

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 11 Mar 2012 9:29 AM
 29 Mar 2006
 Toronto, ON
jennypea
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MORE INFO

ha ha, OK everyone. this was all hypothetical. with the idea being that everything is equal except the type of house.

so if you all need more specifics to imagine the difference:

house size does not include the basement, and let's say there's no basement in any house. all are 2 story houses. 1 car garage.

The lot size is the same, and since this is a big city example let's say the lot is 18 X 100, so for the townhouse it's 18 ft wide,
the semi it's 16 ft wide (with a 2 ft lane)
the detached is a 14 ft wide with with two 2 ft lanes on either side

the detached is 3 brms no master ensuite
the semi is 3 brms with either a den or a master en suite (hence the extra space)
the townhouse has 3, brms, den and a master ensuite

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 11 Mar 2012 9:34 AM
 7 Nov 2011
 bottom of the glass
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I still choose the detached. I'd rather live happily and in peace in a smaller house than miserably in a larger space smile

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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
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 11 Mar 2012 9:45 AM
 31 Jul 2010
omaki
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Oooh, master ensuite is a deal-breaker for us. I'd probably go with the semi-detached in that case - and choose the ensuite.

Although, I would be tempted by the ensuite and the den - for a yoga/meditation room! As long as it was an end unit!

Dang - I'm getting too excited about this! geek

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 11 Mar 2012 9:57 AM
 29 Mar 2006
 Toronto, ON
jennypea
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yah I thought it would be a bit of perspective to realize that it's not just a matter of picking detached, semi or towhouse (since of course everyone wants detached), but also considering what you can GET with the extra space in the other homes. Also factor in hydro bills are lower when you have attached walls, but that's not a dealbreaker for most.

remember the price is the same, the lot is the same, the yard is the same, the garage is the same it's a matter of having extra interior space.

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 11 Mar 2012 2:21 PM
 24 Mar 2009
Icing_onthecake
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I guess I'm in the minority - I chose the townhouse. But that's because I was thinking of some of those nice brownstone townhouses in downtown that I hope to live in one day. Although, if it weren't for that, I would chose the detached house. Semi-detached in my mind would be the least favorable - you have all the responsibility for upkeep (unlike a townhouse) but then you still share a wall with someone else. On top of that, I would be worried about getting along with the neighbor, and how you would figure out repair and maintenance issues (what if they didn't want to spend money but you thought the repair was important?)

ETA: I think 1500 square feet for me and my DH is enough - I don't know if it would be big enough if we had children and pets.

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 11 Mar 2012 3:07 PM
 9 Oct 2008
 Victoria, BC
jasey
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I think if we had kids and pets we'd choose the biggest/rowhouse. I don't really see a whole lot of difference between a duplex and a townhouse, so for the same price might as well get the bigger one.

That being said, we live in a 1000 sq ft detached house in an older neighbourhood and love it, but it's just the two of us.

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 11 Mar 2012 3:16 PM
 4 Jan 2012
MrsMum
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Well if all things being equal, there is NO WAY IN HELL I wld live in a detached house that narrow!

My pick is an end unit, freehold townhouse! Our last home was a T/H, and if it wasn't for the fact that it was our starter home and we needed more bathrooms (the joy of having teenage girls) we might have stayed there longer!

As it stands, I even tried to talk DH into moving into a larger T/H, that was freehold, but he ONLY wanted to move into a house, that had a double garage (for his work projects)

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 11 Mar 2012 3:40 PM
 13 Aug 2002
 Toronto
FriendsFirst
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18 feet wide? Good lord... our bedroom is 13x18. Even my grandmother's row house in Dublin was wider than 18 feet!

So if the lot's only 18' wide, then I'm changing my answer and saying end-unit townhouse. Except that I'd personally say "none of the above" and look somewhere else.

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 11 Mar 2012 5:57 PM
 11 Mar 2009
 the Centre of the Universe
siorhona
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I'll still take the detached. The houses in our neighbourhood are only about 14 feet wide (mostly semis) and they're plenty big enough.

I'd do some renovations though, change the upstairs to two bedrooms, two baths, rework the main floor (assuming it's not like this already) to two larger rooms and a kitchen.

My parent's house was about 1800sf, four bedroom, three bath, separate dining room, den, large living room, eat in kitchen. I don't think it was much wider than 14f. My bedroom was large enough for a double bed, two dressers, a large desk-big enough for a desktop and printer, and a large-ish entertainment unit/bookshelf.

Keep in mind that to get that square footage you need to have a longer house with the rooms in a row, but they can still be quite roomy.

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 11 Mar 2012 6:30 PM
 14 Mar 2009
T&C
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Detached no matter what.

Neighbours are noisy and annoying and I hate dealing with condo boards/management companies. I want all four walls and the yard to myself. I hate people.

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 12 Mar 2012 8:22 AM
 10 Feb 2004
 Russell (Ottawa area)
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I voted semi, but thing about it there are some things that might factor into going with the detached, especially if there's a basement to work with.

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 12 Mar 2012 5:03 PM
 8 Jun 2003
Rangergal88
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I'd take the townhouse, as you stated it was a freehold, so no condo fees/condo board.

This is provided that they are all in the same neighbourhood.

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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
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