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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225 N Canon Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210

$24,500,000
4 Beds
5 Baths
5,670 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 17211800
Property Type Condominium
Extremely rare opportunity to acquire the most sought after apartment in the exclusive Montage Beverly Hills. Completely redone with imported materials, surfaces and no expense spared throughout this extraordinary apartment. The location encompasses most of the entire building wing with windows, doors and the largest terraces on 3 sides. 10' ceilings, formal entry, stone fireplaces, beautiful living room with built in bookcases, views overlooking Beverly Hills and the Montage garden park below. Incredible kitchen with imported stone slabs, 100 foot gallery hallway, media/family room, study, great closets and much more. Montage offers 5 star amenities and concierge. Exclusive elevator and 24 hour security. Buyers must be pre-qualified.

10727 Wilshire Los Angeles (city), CA 90024

$20,000,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
-- SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 16178804
Property Type Condominium
Finest and Most Unique Penthouse on Wilshire Boulevard. This Remington penthouse of approx. 6,000 sq ft interior has perhaps the largest outdoor terrace on Wilshire with approx. 3,000 additional sq ft, thus creating one of the most impressive penthouses in Los Angeles. Stupendous views span from the ocean to the Hollywood Hills. Just remodeled, this two-story unit features a large living room with floor to ceiling windows, a formal dining area, gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, private in unit elevator to the second floor, plus two bedroom suites and large master suite. This unit offers direct elevator access to a private foyer from the building's lobby.

10601 Wilshire Los Angeles (city), CA 90024

$13,500,000
3 Beds
6 Baths
5,770 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 17236936
Property Type Condominium
Elegant 2 story Tuscany inspired penthouse at the Wilshire House, LA's most prestigious high-rise. This 3 ensuite bedrms, 6 baths, approx 5,700 sqft, w/panoramic views of ocean, mtns & city lights. There are only 2 units for the entire PH flr. Most rooms access wrap around balconies, w/floor to ceiling windows. Elegant formal dining rm comfortably seats 12. Chef's kitchen w/Miele appliances, granite counter tops, wood center island, w/breakfast area. Living rm, w/12 ft ceiling, floor to ceiling windows, frames city/ocean views. Ascend spiral staircase to private roof top solarium, w/bar, ent ctr, powder rm & terrace, perfect for morning coffee or roof top parties w/amazing vista. Sensational master suite, w/marble fireplaces, sitting areas, dual closets & dressing areas, his and her bathrooms, with a fireplace in her bathroom. Guest quarters, w/private living rm & ensuite bdrm. Full svc bldg, 24 hrs concierge, security, valet, library, banquet rm, gym, saunas, pool, tennis court.

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.

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

$11,500,000
3 Beds
4.5 Baths
4,600 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 17226412
Property Type Condominium
Exceptional designer-done luxury, concierge condo with city and ocean views. Located in The Century, widely regarded as the most prestigious 24hr full-service building in Los Angeles, this spectacular designer residence is wrapped with oversized windows and terraces capturing the sunlight by day and sparkling city lights by night. The privately-keyed elevator opens directly into the gracious entry foyer leading into an expansive living room with breathtaking views spanning from downtown to the Pacific ocean. This sophisticated and glamorous residence has clean lines, luxurious rosewood floors, his and her spacious master baths and closets, state of the art Savant home automation, Balthaup custom kitchen and elegant detailing through-out. Perfect proportions and architectural simplicity by the renowned Curtis Quillin. A truly world-class home at the premiere address for luxury and style. Purchase price includes exclusive private pool cabana. (See private remarks)

425 N Maple Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210

$11,500,000
6 Beds
8 Baths
5,385 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 17238798
Property Type Condominium
Located in Beverly Hills' most prestigious full-service building, this stunning Penthouse offers 6 beds and 7.5 baths. The unit is enveloped in French Doors opening to balconies throughout, with a light-filled foyer opening into a formal living room, bar and dining room that is perfect for entertaining. Master suite features a sitting area with two fireplaces, and the Library is the perfect private space. A chefs kitchen, and maids quarters/office with a separate entrance. 3 parking spots included, concierge, 24-hr security, valet parking, a grand lobby, pool, spa and a wonderful new gym.

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

$10,300,000
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
3,813 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 17217988
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.

6250 Hollywood Los Angeles (city), CA 90028

$9,750,000
3 Beds
5 Baths
5,077 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 17243452
Property Type Condominium
Inspired by the iconic Observatory, this fully furnished 3-bedroom and 5-bathroom home spans 5,078 SF and features custom bespoke design aesthetics, a new ethos crafted by luxury interior design firm Smith & Firestone Associates. We have partnered with BAM Luxury to create cutting-edge Whole-Home Automation. Vast 1,251 SF private terraces with incomparable views of Hollywood's landmarks including the famed Griffith Park Observatory are framed by fold away NanaWalls.Rough-hewn wood finishes are juxtaposed with highly polished marble; fixtures and fittings boldly reflect hand-made precision European craftsmanship and superior functionality. From contemplating the stars on the sidewalks below, to the stars visible through the windows at night, this penthouse design shares The Griffith's Observatory's goal of inspiring contemplation, wonder and appreciation.

6250 Hollywood Los Angeles (city), CA 90028

$8,750,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
4,526 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 17243750
Property Type Condominium
Weaving era-specific and avant-garde refinement this residence boats a modern design interpretation. The Bower evokes an old-world aesthetic with a modern twist and hint of European flavor. The three-bedroom, five-bathroom home includes a separate ?retreat room?in addition to family gathering room across its 4,526 square feet. With a distinctive layout and charming design, The Bower exposes traditional elements, such as ornate wall moldings, Roman Doric columns, forged black iron glaze work and rustic herringbone parquet flooring. NanaWall windows roll back to invite an additional 820 square feet of outdoor living while ageless black iron bi-fold partitions divide conversational seating areas, the dining space and media room within. Enterin

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

$8,000,000
3 Beds
4 Baths
3,858 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 17212028
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.

900 W Olympic Los Angeles (city), CA 90015

$7,900,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
4,170 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 17215348
Property Type Condominium
The Ritz-Carlton Residences Unit 48G has been newly customized to suit unparalleled 5-star luxury living. This residence features impeccably designed high-tech lighting and a floor plan encompassing three en-suite bedrooms, a guest powder room, a family media room with five TVs, a chef's kitchen with premium Gaggenau built-in appliances, granite countertops and cabinetry, adjoining pantry, a fully equipped laundry room, and gracious open-concept living spaces with stellar city views of the city all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The master-bedroom appointments include automatic-bypass entry doors, a built-in king-sized bed foundation and nightstands, a makeup vanity pour madame, an armoire unit with charger station for PDAs, a handcrafted TV lift cabinet, separate spacious his/her walk-in wardrobes with LED lighting systems throughout, and electronic blackout window shades. The master bath is lushly finished with a self-cleaning whirlpool tub and more. Luxury living at its finest!

900 W Olympic Los Angeles (city), CA 90015

$7,700,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
4,299 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 16978773
Property Type Condominium
Enjoy a luxury lifestyle and spectacular views in the preeminent Ritz Carlton Residences at LA Live. This south-east corner unit features panoramic views, capturing the downtown skyline, Hollywood Hills, and California coast. A welcoming entry leads to inviting formal and casual living spaces, and an open remodeled kitchen, ergonomically designed with high-end italian cabinetry and an impressive array of Gaggenau appliances. This unit also features 3 ensuite bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a separate study, in unit laundry and custom Swarvski lighting fixtures throughout. Luxury amenities abound. This five star complex offers nothing less than superior service with 24 hour valet, concierge, complimentary breakfast, rooftop pool with private cabanas, fully equipped fitness center, and full service spa and salon. Moments away from Downtown Los Angeles, this resplendent, contemporary condominium is at the epicenter of LA's premiere entertainment and sports venues.