specifications of the home, including later
housing alterations made to the home.
Like single-family homes, garden homes and
zero-lot line homes are built on individual
lots, but have little or no yard and therefore,
no yard maintenance. Instead, these homes
offer their owners small 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 home-
owner 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 profes-
sionals 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 condominiums in heavily populated
areas like Round Rock, Cedar Park, down-
town 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
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