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

$24,000,000
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.

1 W Century Drive Unit 38a Los Angeles, CA 90067

$21,000,000
2 Beds
4.5 Baths
5,254 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21760964
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
The Cavalli Penthouse set within the 38th floor of the coveted Century building is a bold design statement by the Jumbo Collection. With sprawling south facing views overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this newly-renovated penthouse showcases custom finishes and furnishings from Cavalli and Ferre included in the purchase. Step off the elevator into your own private lobby with onyx and Sapele Mahogany Parquet flooring and cross into the great room featuring an onyx bar, oversized gas fireplace within a marble wall from Spain, hidden built-in shelving, and a massive outdoor terrace with fire pit. The interior also boasts a flexible layout with a Gianfranco Ferre designed kitchen, two large bedrooms with luxurious baths en suite, massive walk-in custom closets, a private sauna, two additional private terraces, and a separate office with library. The Century features extensive gardens designed by Landscape architect Pamela Burton, concierge, gated security, a pool and jacuzzi with private cabanas, fitness studio, movie theater, business center, and valet parking.

1 W Century Drive Unit 38b Los Angeles, CA 90067

$18,900,000
2 Beds
3.5 Baths
5,320 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21765430
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Penthouse 38B at The Century, LAs' most esteemed luxury building, has been transformed into a masterpiece of fine craftsmanship and Manhattan-style Art Deco design. Soaring high above Century City with unparalleled views from the San Gabriel Mountains to downtown to the Pacific, this sprawling seven room residence offers 5,320 square feet of living space that evoke a bygone golden era of decadence and romance, when the Rockefeller's ruled New York and ocean liners like the SS Normandie glided across the sea. From the moment you enter the Grand Foyer by direct-access elevator you're immediately immersed in a warm and opulent experience adorned with hand-carved woodwork, metal and stone finishings made to the highest standards imaginable. The first impression is truly unforgettable, with each environment brought to life by a sense of elegance and grandeur, showcasing rare and remarkable materials, fixtures and objects from throughout history and around the world. Stepping out onto the nearly 600 square feet of outdoor terraces places you at the pinnacle of Los Angeles, with far-reaching jetliner views that overlook the entire city. Curated by the current owners, the museum-quality collection of 1930s paintings, sculptures, antiques and artifacts is also available for purchase separately. An extraordinary opportunity for a highly discerning buyer to own the crown jewel penthouse of Los Angeles.

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!

8420 W Sunset Boulevard Unit 608 West Hollywood, CA 90069

$14,500,000 - 3Br/4Ba -  for Sale in West Hollywood
Open House
New
$14,500,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
4,656 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21794644
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Introducing the largest home in the Pendry Penthouse Collection: Residence 608 showcases the very best of Pendry Residences West Hollywood exclusive full-service living. This 2-story, 4,600 square foot 3BD/3.5BA + Office lives like a single family home. The sun-filled southwest corner open-concept kitchen and entertaining room opens to an oversized terrace featuring a landscaped hot-tub and sweeping views of the city. Three bedrooms with en-suite baths are located on the second level, accessible by a custom interior staircase or by elevator. The primary bedroom offers a Poliform walk-in closet, spa-like bath, and a private terrace with spectacular views of DTLA. Other features include a large laundry room, an office with private terrace, and abundant storage throughout the home. Residence 608 can be paired with a 1,700 square foot Super Garage directly accessible from the interior elevator for an additional cost. The garage offers ample space for up to five cars, a private bathroom, and includes a one-year lease of McLaren's highly sought after supercar: The McLaren 765LT. Pendry Residences West Hollywood by Montage Hotels & Resorts is a limited collection of 40 luxury Residences offering effortless resort-style living. As an extension of Pendry West Hollywood Hotel, owners have access to an unmatched array of lifestyle amenities, including several unique dining concepts by Wolfgang Puck, Spa Pendry, The Britely Social Club, and a rooftop pool and bar. In addition, residents also enjoy private owner-only amenities including an exclusive entry and lobby, 24/7 valet service, rooftop pool, fitness center, garden deck, boardroom, residents lounge, wine tasting room.

211 Elm Court Unit 31a Los Angeles, CA 90067

$13,000,000 - 3Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Los Angeles
New
$13,000,000
3 Beds
4.5 Baths
3,954 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21794598
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
The iconic two 44-story glass towers, designed by Pei Cobb Freed, provide unparalleled panoramic views with 10 feet ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass. Drive through the tree-lined estate drive with a 24-hour Guard Gate to your valet. The height of luxury amenities includes a pool, spa, locker rooms with steam/sauna, fitness center, screening room, library, game room, wine storage, dining rooms, and 24-hour concierge. 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 a 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.

9040 Sunset Boulevard Unit 1101 West Hollywood, CA 90069

$12,750,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,432 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21782376
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
The West Hollywood Edition is one of the most coveted architecturally significant full-service buildings to be completed in the last decade on the West Coast. Designed by John Pawson, this rarely available 01 stack is one of the most coveted locations in the building and has views of the City, the Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills, and beyond. Customized by the current owner, this unit has grand rooms that flow seamlessly, rarely seen in a full-service building. The generously spaced outdoor area runs the length of the unit, with the lights of Los Angeles in the distance. Exquisite finishes and detail with unmatched quality are found throughout this timeless unit. World-class amenities are endless in this full-service building. Also available to purchase with #1102.

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.

700 Front St Unit 2403,2404,2405 San Diego, CA 92101

$11,950,000
5 Beds
9 Baths
8,400 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2106210
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Value Range Price: $10.45M-$11.95M. One of the LARGEST condos ever to come on the market downtown, this is a once in a lifetime chance to own your estate in the sky! Panoramic views greet you effortlessly each morning from every room of this expansive luxury estate in the sky. The floor to ceiling windows meet the disappearing balcony doors to draw ones eyes toward the Coronado Island, Point Loma, Mexico, Pacific Ocean and the world beyond. Sunsets, harbor and city lights invite you to pause and soak in the day. The gala room with incredible acoustics can comfortably accommodate over 50 of your guests to a seated private concert. From the wide built in desk of your private corner office, gaze out into the bustling city and beyond. Energize yourself in the privacy of your own home gym, equipped with a floor to ceiling climbing wall and big enough to accommodate weight machines, Pilates equipment, treadmill and so much more. Large retreating balcony doors allow for the fresh ocean breeze to flow in and cool you down as you exercise and meditate towards a healthy body and mind. The modern sleek lines of the interior, opaque glass walls, exposed steel beams and white marble counters blend seamlessly with natural elements of the beautifully reclaimed Indonesian teak floors and the spalted birch cabinets and doors. Wide open expansive gallery walls are an art collector’s dream. The Meridian is a luxury residence that offers 6 star amenities including valet parking for you and your guest, doorman and around the clock security. Floorpan available. Live life without compromise!

1 W Century Drive Unit 6ab Los Angeles, CA 90067

$11,950,000
6 Beds
8 Baths
8,150 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21763684
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 high rise building in Century City. Half floor unit is graciously situated on the 6th floor, approximately 8,100 square feet of living space. The spacious and tastefully done unit 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. The master suite has a balcony, great sunlight, walking closet and gorgeous bath with dual sinks. Unit also includes two privately own cabanas. This unit exudes class and elegance with a home feeling in a high rise. Walking distance from the world-renowned city of Beverly Hills/Rodeo Dr.

808 The Strand Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

$11,695,000
4 Beds
4.5 Baths
2,911 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # SB21167762
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
You’ve been waiting for this gem situated in one of the most coveted and sought after downtown Manhattan Beach locations. One-of-a-kind privacy along the public beachfront in Manhattan Beach with remarkable views of the Pacific Ocean from the PV Peninsula to Malibu. You can pull into your garage, enter the private elevator, or take the staircase directly to your impressive penthouse. No one needs to know you’re even there! Sit on the spacious private deck and watch the dolphins swim by. Soak in endless sunsets while you lounge without the public passing by to see you. One of the most unique properties in Manhattan Beach with 50 feet of beach frontage (standard is 33 feet). The forward location of the home maximizes views to the north and south, and the size of the wrap-around deck is enough to host your sunset gathering in style. One level floor plan and all four bedrooms with their own en-suite baths, no level changes inside the home. Ocean views from all bedrooms and even the laundry room. The best part of all is the A+ location near the heart of Downtown shops and restaurants. This home features wired for security, existing AV, AC, and electronic window treatments powered through various choices of controls. Private 2 car garage with up to two additional spaces behind the garage. This is the perfect home for full-time living, or lock up and leave 2nd home for the avid traveler, a very convenient 15-20 min drive from LAX. Call for your tour today.

8420 W Sunset Boulevard Unit 801 West Hollywood, CA 90069

$11,205,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,028 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21771178
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Welcome home to Pendry Residence 801. Enjoy sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills, Sunset Tower, & the glimmering lights of the DTLA skyline from this 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom Residence. The spacious, light filled great room is perfect for entertaining and flows seamlessly out to a wrap-around private terrace, offering over 850 square feet of outdoor living space. Wake up to the sunrise over the San Gabriel mountains from the primary bedroom suite, featuring a huge walk in closet by Poliform and direct access to the terrace. The spa-inspired primary bath features a deep-soaking bathtub and walk-in shower in hand-selected Italian marble, with polished nickel fixtures by Waterworks. The gourmet kitchen features a 15' marble counter, Wolf and SubZero appliances, and wine storage. One guest bedroom enjoys DTLA views, while the other steps out to a second private terrace. The laundry/utility room has Whirlpool Washer/Dryer, sink, and custom cabinets offering additional storage. Second and third bedrooms have en-suite full baths. Direct elevator access. Pendry Residences West Hollywood by Montage Hotels & Resorts is a limited collection of 40 luxury Residences offering effortless resort-style living. As an extension of Pendry West Hollywood Hotel, owners have access to an unmatched array of lifestyle amenities, including seven unique dining concepts by Wolfgang Puck, Spa Pendry, The Britely Social Club, a rooftop pool and bar, and more. In addition, residents also enjoy private owner-only amenities including an exclusive entry and lobby, 24/7 valet service, rooftop pool, fitness center, garden deck, boardroom, residents lounge, wine tasting room, and in-residence dining by Wolfgang Puck.