terraced areas or patios they can choose
to landscape. Two attached single-family
homes on one lot are considered a duplex,
and give residents options for rental property.
Townhomes are one- or two-story homes
constructed in rows that share side walls,
with unobstructed front and back entries
and small lawns or patios. Townhomes
may be one-story structures, depending on
the lot size, but generally are constructed
as two-story homes to avoid that ‘bowling
alley’ feeling in the design.
Condominiums and lofts offer a homeowner
even less outdoor upkeep. While the homeowner is responsible for indoor maintenance,
the exterior is largely the responsibility of a
management company appointed by the
homeowner’s association of the condominium complex. The Austin market has
become flush with high-rise lofts downtown
and in the University of Texas campus area,
making them good investments for students,
young professionals and empty-nesters.
Buyers want more options, and Austin
homebuilders have responded by building
more townhomes, garden homes and condos
to accommodate those desires. Find garden
homes, zero-lot line homes and condo-
miniums in heavily populated areas like
Round Rock, Cedar Park, downtown and
south Austin. Find duplexes throughout
the city, usually sprinkled throughout a
development to maximize development
versus higher property costs.
The inner city loft and condo developments
have become also more popular as the Warehouse District has rejuvenated downtown,
especially for those who have relocated
from larger cities like Chicago and New
York, where they live in the same building
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