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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1200 Club View Drive Unit Ph19 Los Angeles, CA 90024

$23,000,000
3 Beds
6 Baths
7,950 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 20618912
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Penthouse 19 at Beverly West is a full-floor with approximately 8,000 square feet of living space offering unobstructed panoramic views from Bel-Air to the Hollywood Hills and downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. The ultimate in privacy and security, this residence is one of only 35 units in the most exclusive residential tower in Los Angeles. Designed to create a completely bespoke environment, this residence was built by world-renowned developer Emaar Properties, and designed by award-winning interior designer Lisa Garriss, combining iconic brands with exceptional craftsmanship resulting in the finest vertical offering available anywhere.

9040 W Sunset Boulevard Unit Phb West Hollywood, CA 90069

$18,500,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,850 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 20652038
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
The West Hollywood Edition Penthouse B: the most convenient location in the entire city. Masterfully designed by world-renowned architect John Pawson w/organic finishes that resemble an exotic Balinese hotel; materials include teak woods, unfilled travertine & lush plants that blend architecture & landscape w/tranquil indoor/outdoor living. If you are looking for buildings like the Sierra Towers or the Century, there is no comparison. This full service building is complete w/24-hour security staff, room service, doorman & valet, gym & spa, fine dining & exclusive nightclub. A residence unlike any other offering approx. 3,850 sf of interior space & 1,000 sf of deck space. Explosive 360 panoramic views of the entire city from downtown Los Angeles & the Sunset Strip to the Pacific Ocean. This is by far the best penthouse in the entire city offering unrivaled sophistication. Complete w/private rooftop pool, lounge & helipad. Luxury in the sky, redefining the vertical living experience.

10601 Wilshire Boulevard Unit 19e Los Angeles, CA 90024

$17,995,000
5 Beds
7 Baths
7,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 20647842
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
The Wilshire House; Timelessly designed by Bauhaus architect Victor Gruen is Los Angeles' preeminent full service luxury high-rise building. Situated on the Wilshire Corridor, residents are minutes from world-class offerings on the West side. PH19 occupies nearly an entire floor & is the 42-month culmination of 2 penthouses reimagined as 1 contemporary home, the largest unit in the building! Breathtaking views of the city from the mountains to Catalina. Constructed as a safe house for utmost privacy & security. Superlative finishes include Italian closets, Stark Carpets, Bavarian wood floors & Lalique faucets. Entertainers dream featuring private elevator, 3,000 bottle wine cellar, living room & formal dining room. Terraces surround the PH offering perfect indoor/outdoor living. A N/S tennis court, pool, fitness center, spa, banquet room, library & valet parking further enhance this modern building. Live among the elite in this prestigious one of a kind, once in a generation offering!

9040 W Sunset Boulevard Unit 1203 West Hollywood, CA 90069

$14,850,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,858 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 20650208
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
The ultimate in luxury, location, and lifestyle. 1203 has the prime exposure in The Edition with views beyond downtown to the ocean and an incredible floor plan totaling 3,858 sq ft of indoor space plus 912 sq ft of outdoor balcony space. This condominium has highly customized upgrades of the highest quality and taste including: built-in cabinetry and closets, 11.5 wide planked white oak floors, electronic balcony doors opening full width, living and master with recessed lighting, Lutron system, master with sitting area, steam shower in master bath, separate kitchen (not in the living room) with dedicated breakfast room, elegant plastered and papered walls, large screen TVs. All this plus the amazing amenities of The Edition such as gym, owners' pool plus rooftop hotel pool and bar, restaurant, room service, private owners' entrance with owner only elevators, 24-hour concierge and doorman, etc... Look at all others then look at 1203 for the best. Also for lease at $50,000/month.

211 Elm Court Unit 31a Los Angeles, CA 90067

$13,000,000
3 Beds
4.5 Baths
3,954 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21681878
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
The two 44-story glass towers, designed by Pei Cobb Freed, provide unparalleled panoramic views with 10 feet ceilings and floor to ceiling glass.Entrance to the tower is through a 24-hour Gate to the valet. The exclusive 24- hour services and amenities include a pool, fitness center, spa, screening room, library, game room, personal wine storage, dining rooms, and 24-hour concierge service. Residence 31A is a premium three bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom residence complete with a formal entry foyer that leads directly into the expansive 31' great room featuring a gas fireplace and access to the 20' terrace, offering breathtaking views from every angle. The 37' master bedroom features his and her walk-in closets and two en-suite master bathrooms, and private terrace. On the opposite end of the residences is the second and third bedrooms, complete with en-suite bathrooms. Combining the ultimate in privacy and distinction, this residence features a private elevator lobby .

1 Century Drive Unit 6ab Los Angeles, CA 90067

$12,750,000
6 Beds
8 Baths
8,100 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21717506
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
One of a kind combined side by side A and B condominium with six bedrooms, eight baths, two private entrances. This elegant and sophisticated unit is located in the very desirable and prestigious highrise building in Century City. Half floor unit is graciously situated on the 6th floor, approx 8,100 sqft of living space. The family rooms are 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. The master suite has a balcony, great sunlight, walking closet and gorgeous bath with dual sinks. This unit exudes class and elegance with a home feeling in a highrise. Walking distance from the world-renowned city of Beverly Hills/Rodeo Dr.

900 W Olympic Boulevard Unit 51a Los Angeles, CA 90015

$12,000,000
3 Beds
4 Baths
6,590 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21704840
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
The crown jewel of Downtown Los Angeles, 51A is a duplex penthouse atop The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live and was masterfully custom-designed by Moore Ruble Yudell. With 6,590 square feet of fully-furnished interiors, this remarkable residence in the sky affords you uninterrupted jetliner views of Downtown and the Los Angeles skyline, access to The Ritz-Carlton's gold standard of service, and has you an elevator ride away from the citys premier sports and entertainment attractions. The sleek, flush design is ideal for showcasing artwork and creates a dynamic visual experience throughout. A second level en-suite guest bedroom is joined by a master wing featuring a lounge room, spa-like bath, full bar, and closets reminiscent of a high-end boutique. In addition to a world-class restaurant, residential sky lobby, and private heated rooftop pool terrace, all residents can seek out the nearby STAPLES Center, Microsoft Theatre, L.A. Live, and The Grammy Museum.

1755 Ocean Unit Ph9c Santa Monica, CA 90401

$11,995,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,041 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21704448
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
This penthouse is perched atop The Seychelle, one of the newest, highly sought-after residential buildings on Ocean Avenue. This ultra-luxurious unit designed by award-winning Clodagh Design from NYC features amazing ocean views from the living room, dining area, and master bedroom. Contemporary design with open living spaces, a gourmet kitchen. The Seychelle is one of the premier newly constructed buildings in Los Angeles and is similar to a five-star luxury hotel. Amenities include a 24-hour concierge/doorman, an incredible rooftop pool/spa with cabanas, and tons of outdoor entertainment/lounging/dining space. The building also includes a top-notch fitness center with a yoga/pilates studio, a business center, a pet spa, bike storage, and upscale dining. World-class location across the street from the beach and right at the hub where Main Street and 3rd Street Promenade connect. If you are looking to live an incredible lifestyle

10281 Century Woods Drive Los Angeles, CA 90067

$11,995,000
5 Beds
6 Baths
9,604 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21715850
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
One of the largest villas in prestigious guard gated Century Woods Estates, custom designed to echo grand European architecture. In the vast two-story living room, well suited for lavish entertaining, Juliette balconies overlook a fountain, live trees and one of six fireplaces. Nearby are a library, formal dining room and a sunken bar opening to a private courtyard with pool and spa. The chefs kitchen links to a sunny breakfast room and butlers pantry. The primary bedroom suite, located on the first floor, features a fireplace, kitchenette, massive luxurious bathroom and star-quality walk in closet. An office, glamorous powder room and staff quarters complete the level. The second floor begins with two bedrooms, one currently used as a beauty salon. The expansive guest wing has its own staircase entrance opening to a large bedroom, spacious sitting room, spa shower, walk in closet, eat-in kitchen and patio overlooking the pool. Enjoy an elevator, two garages to house three cars and additional private parking for guests. The home is moments from Century City and Beverly Hills shopping, dining and entertainment. Amenities include 24-hour gated security, fitness center, two pools and spas (indoor and outdoor), tennis court and clubhouse. This is a coveted opportunity to transform this magical estate and make it your own!

425 N Maple Drive Unit 602 Beverly Hills, CA 90210

$9,995,000
6 Beds
8 Baths
5,385 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 20629628
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Magnificent Penthouse in Beverly Hills' most prestigious full-service building, Le Faubourg. This regal penthouse offers a fabulous open floor plan and walls of French doors throughout overlooking spectacular city views. Known for its high level of privacy and security, Le Faubourg has been home to many high-profile residents & amenities include concierge, 24-hour security, valet, gym, and a private pool/spa. The unit includes a grand foyer w/ a dramatic pyramid-shaped skylight. Majestic corridors lead to the formal living rm w/ fireplace and bar, elegant formal dining rm, library, and spacious kitchen w/ breakfast rm. The spacious master suite is its own private retreat w/ sitting rm, dressing rm, and opulent marble bath. 5 add'l bdrms. A spiral staircase leads to the rooftop w/ space to create a private oasis overlooking shimmering city vistas. A truly exceptional penthouse offering the ultimate in luxury & elegance in this most coveted Beverly Hills location. Can be sold furnished.

10601 Wilshire Boulevard Unit Phw Los Angeles, CA 90024

$9,980,000
3 Beds
6 Baths
5,770 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 20595680
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Penthouse in the sky! Unobstructed views! Centrally located elegant penthouse at the Wilshire House, LA's premier full service building on the westside; with amenities from 24-hr doorman, valet, concierge service, security, tennis court, spa, pool, gym. Private elevator opens into Tuscany inspired penthouse, with gold inlay ceilings leading into formal dining room, with 12 foot ceiling. Floor to ceiling windows and wrap around balconies, enjoy breathtaking city, mountain and ocean views. Sumptuous master suite with his/hers bathrooms, dual walk-in closets, sitting area, and 2 fireplaces. Ensuite bedroom with access to wrap around balcony. Private guest quarters with separate living room and ensuite bedroom, perfect for visitors. Chef's kitchen with high end appliances, bright breakfast area and large island. Sunlit media room/study with wood panel and built-in features. Staircase ascends to sky room with entertainment center and bar flows to private rooftop garden for alfresco dining.

1 W Century Drive Unit B Los Angeles, CA 90067

$9,900,000
3 Beds
4.5 Baths
6,750 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC21035231
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
The Century, a 42-story masterpiece, 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 Crespo designed three bedroom, three and one half bath three level townhouse features an oversized great room with dining area, family room and enclosed eat-in kitchen with a private terrace. Massive terrace is coupled with a beautiful fireplace to entertain family and friends. The upper level includes the bedrooms and a luxurious master bedroom suite with terrace, featuring his and hers bathrooms and dressing areas and office. There is also a lower level that can be a home office or wine cellar.