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Old 2009-09-26, 08:06 AM
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My spouse and I are looking to downsize and really like the idea of an attached bungalow. To all you townhome owners out there - what are the pros and cons of attached living?
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Old 2009-09-26, 08:09 AM
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Pro's: reduced heating costs, smaller yard to maintain, less expensive.

Cons: you need to hope and pray you have good neighbors because you are so close that you're are going to hear everything!
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Old 2009-09-26, 08:23 AM
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Attached bungalows are intended for older folks, so I dont think you'll get any rowdy teenage neighbours. I quite like our townhouse, and our neighbours are amazing, never hear a peep. My only complaint is having to walk all the way around the block to mow the back yard.
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I agree about the backyard access and also having to negotiate on timing and contractors for shared areas such as the driveway, front lawn, roof...
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Old 2009-09-26, 09:19 AM
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We are in an attached bungalow town-end unit.

Yeah, Fingers is right mostly retired folks over here in the bungalows but we are in a mixed community- 2 story townhomes, singles as well.
We looked at single bungalows and other attached ones where pretty much you have one type of people living there which we were not too keen on.

Pros

- your retired neighbours act as security
- less expensive housing
- possible better resale since I have not seen too many bungalow towns. (e.g. more 2-story townhouses).

Cons
- same issues as singles. If they find out you are looking at putting up a fence or AC they will get involved and tell you if they donít like it. We already know this.
- shared cost of fixing the roof- shared cost of front driveway
- easement
- some of your retired neighbours might know whatís going on all the time since they are always there. Which can be good sometimes.
- noise? Although I have seen some singles that are a few feet apart with windows facing each other so they must have similar issues. We donít know this since no next door neighbour so far. Curious if they will be able to hear our front load washer.
- smell?

We choose an end unit with our own access to the back (miniscule but at least is ours )- so no easements issues.
We also back onto a wooded area (which is one of the reasons we went with a town). These were non negotiable and we would not have bought it otherwise.

Still waiting who will move in next door (unsold). If you are still looking come down to Morganís Grant in Kanata.
Minto is finishing the last of the bungalow towns here. All the remaining bungalow towns back on to a wooded area.
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We like the Minto bungalow townhomes in Morgan's Grant. How is the neighbourhood? Are you worried about the Terry Fox extension? The backing onto a wooded lot is a plus for us. We were looking at an end unit also.
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I am currently renting a townhome (middle unit) and love it. The only thing is I prefered to have an end unit so I could take my lawn-mower out of the garage and mow the front, then work my way to the back. I also prefered to have a separate driveway. So when I shopped around to have a new house built, one thing I knew for sure was I wanted an end unit. Also, I like the idea of more windows in an end unit, thus more natural light. So I bought a Huntington model townhome with Tamarack. Only the middle units share a driveway, I have windows in the powder room and main bathroom and I can mow the lawn from front to back without walking across everyone else's back yard to get to my own. The bonus with the model I bought (Huntington) is that we also have a loft at the top of the stairs on the second floor; it's a nice size, has a large window and it a great area for TV or just reading...maybe even a computer niche. The Huntington is pretty big for a townhouse but smaller than a single.
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We like the Minto bungalow townhomes in Morgan's Grant. How is the neighbourhood? Are you worried about the Terry Fox extension? The backing onto a wooded lot is a plus for us. We were looking at an end unit also.

We are very happy with the neighbourhood. Right now the leaves are turning and it's just beautiful. Lots of trails here. Lots of wildlife. Stores are not too far.

Our unit is away from the Terry Fox extension. Since it will be a major arterial road (similar to March rd) we stayed away from it. When the extension goes in it's actually going to help us since it will involve less travelling time to get to our home.
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