The Difference Between Condominiums and Townhomes

A buyer of a condominium owns his or her individual unit, plus a percentage of the surrounding property, including land and any amenities on the property. (The word “condominium” is Latin, meaning “common ownership” or “common control.”) Residents are members of a homeowners’ association and pay a monthly fee to the association in exchange for maintenance of the common property. Each condominium complex has a master deed which outlines the percentage of ownership each unit in the development has invested in the entire complex. That percentage determines residents’ monthly dues to the association. Condominiums come in a wide variety of architectural styles, from two- and three-story buildings arranged apartment-complex style with carports to luxurious high-rise properties with sweeping views of the surrounding city or natural landscape.

A buyer of a townhome purchases his or her individual unit, as well as the ground underneath that unit. Each townhome has its own roof, in contrast to condominiums. Townhome residents also typically belong to a homeowners’ association and pay monthly fees in exchange for the general maintenance of common outdoor areas. Townhomes occasionally come with such single-family home amenities as garages and backyards (albeit small backyards), for which owners generally are responsible for maintaining.

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9255 Doheny Rd West Hollywood, CA 90069

$38,000,000
6 Beds
7 Baths
7,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 19420638
Property Type Condominium
Encompassing the entire top floor of the world-renowned Sierra Towers, this unprecedented 7,000-square-foot double penthouse is a rare and coveted blank canvas awaiting a discerning buyer's unbridled vision. The sprawling, raw space showcases soaring 15-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass that capture jaw-dropping, 360-degree jetliner views that stretch across the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles and Downtown L.A. to the ocean. Approximately 4,000 square feet of sweeping terraces encircle the residence, flowing seamlessly off sliding walls of glass to offer an incredible indoor-outdoor living experience totaling 11,000 square feet in an extraordinary sky-high setting. Complete with separate service quarters, high-end security and world-class amenities, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring the most ambitious of dreams to life in one of the city's most iconic celebrity residences, just moments from Sunset Boulevard, Rodeo Drive and the heart of Hollywood.

9255 Doheny Rd West Hollywood, CA 90069

$20,750,000
3 Beds
4 Baths
3,516 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 19420594
Property Type Condominium
Soaring above Los Angeles on the top floor of the world-renowned Sierra Towers, this magnificent 3,516-square-foot penthouse is a rare, blank canvas awaiting a discerning buyer's unbridled vision. The sprawling, raw space showcases soaring 15-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass that capture jaw-dropping, jetliner views that stretch across the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles and Downtown L.A. to the ocean. Sweeping terraces encompass the residence, flowing seamlessly off sliding walls of glass to offer an incredible indoor-outdoor living experience in an extraordinary sky-high setting. Complete with separate service quarters, high-end security and world-class amenities, this is a remarkable opportunity to bring the most ambitious of dreams to life, just moments from Sunset Boulevard, Rodeo Drive and the heart of Hollywood.

9255 Doheny Rd West Hollywood, CA 90069

$19,250,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
3,081 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 19420614
Property Type Condominium
Soaring above Los Angeles on the top floor of the world-renowned Sierra Towers, this magnificent 3,516-square-foot penthouse is a rare, blank canvas awaiting a discerning buyer's unbridled vision. The sprawling, raw space showcases soaring 15-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass that capture jaw-dropping, jetliner views that stretch across the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles and Downtown L.A. to the ocean. Sweeping terraces encompass the residence, flowing seamlessly off sliding walls of glass to offer an incredible indoor-outdoor living experience in an extraordinary sky-high setting. Complete with separate service quarters, high-end security and world-class amenities, this is a remarkable opportunity to bring the most ambitious of dreams to life, just moments from Sunset Boulevard, Rodeo Drive and the heart of Hollywood.

1 W Century Dr Los Angeles (city), CA 90067

$15,975,000
3 Beds
4.5 Baths
6,180 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 18341956
Property Type Condominium
The very last unit available for sale by the developer. The Century, a 42-story masterpiece, developed by Related Companies and designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, presides above four private acres of lush gardens with outdoor dining rooms, fountains, walking paths, 75 ft. lap pool, cabanas, Equinox design gym, Pilates studio, spa, yoga studio, screening room, dining room, bar lounges, wine cellar, conference room and children's playroom. To further add to estate living there is a 24 hour guard gate, valet, doorman and concierge. This unit encompasses a half floor with private elevator lobby, downtown views and ocean views, master bedroom with two baths and terrace, two bedrooms with en-suite baths, great room with two terraces, library, and eat-in kitchen with terrace. Also the on-site restaurant, Hinoki & The Bird, offers in-home dining and catering for private parties in the Century gardens.

9255 Doheny Rd West Hollywood, CA 90069

$15,495,000
-- Bed
-- Bath
5,635 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 18351062
Property Type Condominium
Half Floor at Sierra Towers. Stretching corner-to-corner, with over 150 feet of frontage. Three exposures with unobstructed views facing South, East and West. A blank canvas of voluminous raw space, offering the opportunity to create a custom masterpiece in one of the most spectacular settings in the world. 10' finished ceilings possible. A rare and exceptional offering for the most discerning visionary buyer.

1 Century Dr Los Angeles (city), CA 90067

$14,750,000
6 Beds
8 Baths
8,100 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 18372944
Property Type Condominium
One of a kind combined side by side unit with six bedrooms, eight baths. This elegant and sophisticated unit is located in the very desirable and prestigious highrise building in Century City. Full floor unit is graciously situated on the 6th floor, approx 8,000 sqft of living space. The family room is flooded with natural light, gourmet kitchen with walls of glass opening to a wonderful breakfast area. The large scale formal seating area and dining are perfect for entertaining. All bedrooms are en suite. One of the master suites has a balcony, great sunlight, walking closet, gorgeous bath with dual sinks. This unit exudes class and elegance with a home feeling in a highrise.

1755 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401

$12,999,000 - 3Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Santa Monica
Open House
$12,999,000
3 Beds
4.5 Baths
4,950 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 18391922
Property Type Condominium
This stunning combined unit Penthouse of 9A & 9B have been seamlessly brought together w/ the highest end finishes combined w/ the perfect location & energy to create a one of a kind luxury penthouse. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Located in SM's most exclusive residential building. The Seychelle offers the best of 5-star amenities. Double door entryway leads into the opulent living room w/ head on ocean views & floor to ceiling windows. This 3 bed 4.5 bath compound has an additional 2,000 sq.ft of private outdoor patio space + expansive terraces. Unparalleled master suite, includes a former bedroom that's been transformed into the ultimate master closet. Start your day in the spa like 5-piece master bathroom. Great-room features fireplace w/dual exposure. L-shaped kitchen boasts quartzite counters & Thermador integrated appliances. Private office/study plus a separate Den/study w/en-suite bathroom. 6 side-by-side parking spaces included w/ 2 EV charging stations. 3 storage units.

1200 Club View Dr Los Angeles (city), CA 90024

$12,100,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
4,158 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 17275534
Property Type Condominium
Beverly West is an ultra-luxe, 22-story boutique high-rise overlooking the Los Angeles Country Club with 35 breathtaking, light-filled residencies. 360~ Views stretch east from Beverly Hills to Hollywood and Downtown, south to Century City and west to the Pacific. Beverly West is the ultimate in Southern California luxury living with amenities ranging from a 24-hour doorman and concierge service, security team and valet, to a saltwater pool and Pilates studio. Five unique design schemes have been expertly tailored to the Beverly West's residences, showcasing the home collections of David Sutherland, Christian Liaigre, Ralph Lauren's City Modern, Armani/Casa, and James Perse's Malibu Collection--all expressing a casual approach to elegance that is distinctly Californian.

1 W Century Dr Los Angeles (city), CA 90067

$11,995,000
4 Beds
5.5 Baths
6,020 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 18396908
Property Type Condominium
Enjoy the luxury & security of the Century while maintaining the in and out convenience of a private home in one of only two ground level townhouses in the building. Avoid the elevators altogether in this 6,020sf, 4 bed/5.5 bath, 3 level townhouse tucked privately away just off the main lobby. Featuring custom interiors by hotel designer Todd Avery Lenahan, the front entrance opens to a dramatic living room w/walls of glass that open to a massive&private wraparound terrace which allows for indoor/outdoor living rarely attained in a security building.The main level also features a chef's eat-in kitchen, dining area, & den which opens to the outside spaces.The lower level features a media room while the upper level houses the bedrooms including the spectacular master suite w/his & hers bathrooms & dressing areas.The Century features the grandest amenities of any building in the city & is just a short walk to the shopping streets of Beverly Hills & the all new Westfield Century City Mall.

1200 Club View Dr Los Angeles (city), CA 90024

$11,573,000
3 Beds
4 Baths
4,158 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 17210102
Property Type Condominium
Beverly West is an ultra-luxe, 22-story boutique high-rise overlooking the Los Angeles Country Club with 35 breathtaking, light-filled residencies. 360~ Views stretch east from Beverly Hills to Hollywood and Downtown, south to Century City and west to the Pacific. Beverly West is the ultimate in Southern California luxury living with amenities ranging from a 24-hour doorman and concierge service, security team and valet, to a saltwater pool and Pilates studio. Five unique design schemes have been expertly tailored to the Beverly West's residences, showcasing the home collections of David Sutherland, Christian Liaigre, Ralph Lauren's City Modern, Armani/Casa, and James Perse's Malibu Collection--all expressing a casual approach to elegance that is distinctly Californian.

10601 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles (city), CA 90024

$11,000,000
3 Beds
6 Baths
5,770 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 18345348
Property Type Condominium
PRICE REDUCTION! Rare opportunity to own a stunning, two story Tuscany inspired Penthouse at the prestigious Wilshire House. Penthouse West is the definition of sophistication. Formal Living Room with 12ft ceilings frame panoramic city and ocean views, wood paneled media room, formal dining room with handblown Murano chandelier, seats 12; custom spiral staircase ascends to rooftop solarium with built-in bar, entertainment center, powder room and terrace; chef's kitchen with Miele appliances and granite counters; floor to ceiling windows throughout; wrap around balconies. Elegant master suite, w/ marble fireplaces, sitting areas, dual closets and dressing areas, his and her bathrooms with onyx surfaces and Sherle Wagner fixtures. Guest quarters with private living room and ensuite bedroom. Full service building with 24 hr concierge, security, valet parking, fitness center, pool/spa, saunas, tennis court. MOTIVATED SELLER!

10445 Wilshire Los Angeles (city), CA 90024

$10,495,000
4 Beds
6.5 Baths
6,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 18418042
Property Type Condominium
One-of-a-kind penthouse expanding the entire top level & enveloped by 360 degree panoramic views, in the coveted Grand. Boasting a spacious & open floorplan w/sliding glass doors to a sprawling covered patio, this home is an entertainer's dream. Beautiful living w/fireplace flows to the media space & dining. Channel your inner chef in the kitchen w/breakfast nook, ample cabinetry for storage, ss appliances & more. Unwind in the grand master w/large picture windows overlooking beautiful vistas, walk-in closets, sleek hardwood floors & decadent bath w/dual vanity sink, soaker tub and glass shower. Additional penthouse features include office with endless built-ins, bar with wine fridge, balconies & rare, private rooftop sports court with gym and full bath. Relish luxury building amenities including 24-hour concierge, valet, pool, spa and gym! Centrally located just moments from Century City and Beverly Hills, there is truly nothing like this exquisite penthouse with remarkable volume!